Economics, Trade & Investment

COP 18 Side Event Discusses FiTs in Africa and Middle East [viewed]

30 November 2012: The World Future Council (WFC), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), and Friends of the Earth jointly held a side event during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in Africa and the Middle East.

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GCC Organizes Side Event on Energy Efficiency in the Gulf Region [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) organized a side event at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on 30 November 2012 in Doha, Qatar, to discuss promoting energy efficiency solutions in the GCC region.

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UNDP, World Bank Launch Climate Finance Options Web Platform [viewed]

28 November 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank have released a new version of their web platform on climate finance information. The Climate Finance Options (CFO) website features sections on funding sources, a knowledge center and on the ground activities, each of which aims to facilitate decision making.

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IEA Stresses Inadequacy of Current Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA3 December 2012: International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven has issued a statement to the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in which she stresses the need to rapidly transition to a more secure, sustainable global energy system, cautioning that policies announced to date may lead to climate change of a great enough magnitude to negatively affect the world's energy infrastructure, supply and demand.

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UNEP Report Offers Lessons Learned from Forest Financing for REDD+ [viewed]

Economics of Forest and Forest Carbon ProjectsFebruary 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risø Centre have launched a report, titled "Translating lessons learned from financing forest projects into national REDD+ strategy development and implementation." The report uses examples from eight projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America to generate advice on structuring national REDD+ programmes, which it says offer the greatest potential for scaling up investment in REDD+.  

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Doha Global Business Day Focuses on Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact [viewed]

3 December 2012: Doha Global Business Day took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. The event focused on the theme “Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact,” and was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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Special Events Address Climate Change Adaptation and Development in Doha [viewed]

2 December 2012: Two events addressing climate change adaptation and development took place simultaneously at the Ezdan Hotel and Suites in Doha, Qatar, on 1-2 December 2012, in parallel with the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC.

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GEF, ADB Discuss Finance and Climate Technology Transfer at COP 18 Side Event [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a High Level Event on Technology Transfer and Finance alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the role of public policy and private investments in stimulating climate technology transfer.

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Challenges and Opportunities of Biofuels Discussed at COP18 Side Event [viewed]

1 December 2012: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) organized a side event on "Biofuels: Getting Rid of the Hype" in the context of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the role of biofuels in climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

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REDD+ Partnership Launches the Voluntary REDD+ Database [viewed]

4 December 2012: Through the REDD+ Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), have launched an online database of REDD+ investments.

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