Economics, Trade & Investment

Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology Prepares for UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

24 June 2011: In preparation for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), the International Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology and the Role of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to Address Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 23-24 June 2011.

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Event: CIF November 2011 Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) are a pair of funds that aim to help developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. The CIF Committee governs the implementation of CIF objectives, which support developing countries in piloting transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development.  

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Event: WIPO International Conference on Innovation and Climate Change [viewed]

This conference, organized around the theme "Stimulating Innovation, Accelerating Technology Transfer and Diffusion, Enabling Global Solutions," is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It will address how the principal factors stimulating innovation can be integrated into coherent strategies that span across reasearch and development, national production capabilities, access to markets, effective regulations, and sound intellectual property management. Options will be explored that accelerate technology transfer and diffusion, and thus affect people's lives around the world.  

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CGIAR Launches Programme to Improve Maize Productivity [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a US$170 million global alliance and research programme to double the productivity of maize farms and increase their resilience to climate change.

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SPREP Reports on Renewable Energy Project Implementation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)6 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP), which is being implemented in 11 Pacific island countries.

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Cook Islands Announces Renewable Energy Plan [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)5 July 2011: The Government of the Cook Islands has announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Chart – Te Atamoa O Te Uira Natura, which outlines how to achieve the target to produce 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

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AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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OECD Briefing Reviews Taxation, Innovation and the Environment [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a briefing note titled “Taxation, Innovation and the Environment,” which illustrates how carbon and other pollution taxes, as well as similar instruments, positively affect innovation.

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Event: Forests Indonesia: Alternative Futures to Meet Demands for Food, Fibre, Fuel and REDD+ [viewed]

This event will provide a platform for leaders of government, parliament, the international and national business community, civil society and the research and development sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests. It will focus on a series of forums under two themes: trade and investment: implications for forests; and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in transition to a low-carbon future.  

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