Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCCD Announces Policy Paper on Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought [viewed]

UNCCD27 June 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the release of a policy paper titled “The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought: Toward an Integrated Global Assessment.”

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Stakeholders Share Experiences on Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

25 June 2011: The 2011 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum took place from 24-25 June 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, and provided an opportunity for CIF stakeholders to: share their experiences of how the CIF are working in their countries; exchange lessons learned about what is most effective and discuss how the CIF can be expanded or improved; share on-the-ground achievements, challenges and knowledge; and help other CIF stakeholders apply lessons learned.

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Event: Second Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

This event was originally scheduled as the third of three "informal informal" consultations to negotiate the draft Outcome Document. The decision taken by the Bureau on 22 December 2011 canceled the February consultations, rendering this meeting the second informal informal consultation. The Bureau subsequently decided to schedule this event for two weeks, from 23 April-4 May.  

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Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Energy Poverty, Business Models [viewed]

Opening Plenary for the Sixth Asian Clean Energy Forum24 June 2011: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011, themed “New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future,” took place from 22-24 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines, preceded by preparatory meetings from 20-21 June. The Forum was framed around four overarching thematic areas: policy and regulation; financing and investment; innovative business models; and energy for all.

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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UNCTAD Public Symposium Discusses Transition to Green Economy [viewed]

UNCTAD23 June 2011: Panelists speaking at the third Public Symposium of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) discussed how the transition towards a green economy can be achieved in a manner that is fair and equitable, and supports efforts to raise living standards in developing countries.

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IDB Supports Lending for Green Projects in Latin America [viewed]

IDB23 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will lend US$50 million to the Portuguese financial institution Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento SA (BESI), which will in turn lend towards infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Latin America.

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World Bank, CIF Fund Climate Resilient Urban Improvements in the Caribbean [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved two projects in the Caribbean, amounting to US$47.12 million, to improve the safety of their buildings from the impacts of climate change and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks. The funding is from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which is geared toward vulnerable countries and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNDP Highlights Role of Energy Access to Achieve the MDGs [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2011: Speaking at the Board for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Rebeca Grynspan, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, stressed the role of energy access for achieving sustainable human development and accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting it can help keep children in school, deliver health services, and free women from the burden of time-consuming domestic activities. 

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CPF Members Release Calendar of Year of Forests Events [viewed]

International Year of Forests 2011June 2011: The members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a consortium of 14 forest-related organizations and secretariats, have put together a joint calendar of thematic press releases to disseminate the activities taking place throughout the world to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

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