Economics, Trade & Investment

AfDB Holds Climate Change and Agriculture Training [viewed]

AfDB8 February 2012: With the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the African Development Bank (AfDB) organized a workshop on climate change, agriculture and natural resources in Tunis, Tunisia, from 26-27 January 2012.

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AfDB Identifies Key Challenges to Address through Agriculture Strategy [viewed]

AfDB8 February 2012: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department (OSAN) has identified the implementation of drought resilience projects in the Horn of Africa as a key challenge to be addressed in the 2012 AfDB Agriculture Strategy.

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UNEP FI Newsletter Highlights Rio+20 Natural Capital Declaration [viewed]

UNEP FI8 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the February 2012 iisue of its newsletter, which includes articles on: the Natural Capital Declaration, intended to demonstrate the commitment of financial institutions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); UNEP FI's activities at the Durban Climate Change Conference; and the release of a report on insurance, drawing on lessons from the Southern Cape of South Africa.   

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UNCTAD Report Makes the Case for Development-led Globalization [viewed]

7 February 2012: In his report to the 13th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has proposed replacing the pattern of finance-driven globalization (FDG) currently dominating international relations with a model of development-led globalization (DLG).

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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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Event: Carbon Expo 2012 [viewed]

The international trade fair and conference for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and clean technologies is sponsored by the World Bank. A three-day program will feature over 250 speakers in plenaries and workshops. The conference will provide insights into national situation reports, latest knowledge and trends, and discuss links between trading and other international policies and developments.  

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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World Youth Report 2011 Indicates Youth Interest in Green Jobs [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the 2011 World Youth Report. The Report centers on the contributions from people aged 15-30, through an online consultation process regarding youth employment. Discussions revealed concern that educational systems are not preparing youth to compete for jobs, as well as young people's interest in climate change, social equity, and innovation in green technologies and communications.

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World Bank Welcomes Apps for Climate Submissions [viewed]

3 February 2012: The World Bank will hold an online chat to help prospective participants at the ongoing Apps For Climate Competition submit new software developments to address climate change challenges.

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin Highlights Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

February 2012: The February issue of the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights a webinar on the results of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the Apps for Climate Competition and the organization of the Africa Carbon Forum.

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