Economics, Trade & Investment

New EU-Pacific Partnership to Address Climate Change [viewed]

12 April 2012: With the aim of reinforcing its cooperation with Pacific countries to help address the impacts of climate change, including the effects of rising sea levels, the European Commission has issued a joint communication titled “Towards a renewed EU-Pacific development partnership.” The partnership aims to effectively address climate change and development in a coordinated manner.

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Event: Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20 [viewed]

This Roundtable is coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). It is based on the recognition that forests have been largely excluded from most of the key discussions in the preparations for Rio+20, despite making important contributions toward solving many sustainable development challenges. The event aims to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda in 2012. Participants will discuss new research findings, remaining knowledge gaps and the policy implications for integrating forests into the solutions to several key challenges to progress toward a green economy, namely: energy, water, climate, food and income. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Jim Yong Kim Selected as Next World Bank President [viewed]

16 April 2012: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors selected Jim Yong Kim, a US national and recognized health and development expert, as President of the Bank for a five-year term, beginning on 1 July 2012.

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IEA, IIP Publish Report on Energy Management Programmes [viewed]

IEA16 April 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP), has published “Energy Management Programmes for Industry: Gaining Through Saving.” This report is part of IEA's Policy Pathway publication series detailing implementation of the “IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations.”

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UNEP FI Announces 2012 Climate Change Leadership Award [viewed]

UNEP FI10 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) has announced that Africa' largest insurer, Santum, has been awarded the 2012 Climate Change Leadership Award, under the financial services category. According to UNEP FI, the Award is the first of its kind in Africa to recognize businesses, communities, youth, schools and individuals who are leading the way in combating climate change.

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Horn of Africa Meeting Launches Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience [viewed]

4 April 2012: A joint meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers responsible for Agriculture, Livestock, Water Resource, Environment, Arid Lands and Drought Disaster Management with High Level Development Partners has committed to establish the Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth to improve coordination and harmonization of investments and policy.

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GEF SGP Promotes Biogas Plants in Uzbekistan [viewed]

2 April 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has presented the results of a project approved in 2009 to promote biogas in rural Uzbekistan.

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UNISDR, Columbia University Convene Dialogue on Disaster-Resilient Society [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Columbia University, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, and the Urban Climate Change Research Network convened a dialogue titled “From Sendai to Rio - Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development,” which addressed the significance of building climate and disaster resilience in coastal cities.  

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UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submission from Parties containing their views on the various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6).

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