Economics, Trade & Investment

ECLAC Executive Secretary Highlights Low Carbon Growth Opportunities [viewed]

11 November 2010: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a statement at the Latin America and the Caribbean-EU Forum on Fiscal Policy and an Environmentally Sustainable Economy in the Context of Climate Change, which took place in Berlin, Germany, from 10-11 November 2010.

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APEC Ministers Discuss Environmental Goods and Services, Energy Security [viewed]

11 November 2010: The 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting, held from 10-11 November 2010, in Yokohama, Japan, adopted a joint statement addressing, among other things, environmental goods and services (EGS), sustainable growth and energy security.

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Adaptation Fund Holds Signing Ceremony for First Project [viewed]

11 November 2010:  The Adaptation Fund held a signing ceremony in Washington, DC, US, of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Senegal for a project focused on protecting its coastline from sea level rise.

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European Commission Unveils Proposals to Consolidate Africa-EU Relations [viewed]

10 November 2010: Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit scheduled to take place from 29-30 November 2011 in Libya, the European Commission has published a Communication on consolidating Africa-EU relations, including on environmental sustainability, energy and climate change.

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UNECE Announces Creation of Belarus International Energy Center [viewed]

8 November 2010: According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Weekly newsletter for the period 8-12 November 2010, an International Energy Center was inaugurated in Minsk, Belarus, on 29 October 2010, to attract domestic and foreign investment in long-term projects improving the efficiency of energy production and consumption in Belarus.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

4 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report of the Adaptation Fund Board (FCCC/KP/CMP/2010/7) for consideration by the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 6), scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November-10 December 2010.

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EU Highlights Environmental Issues Before G20 Leaders Summit [viewed]

5 November 2010: In a joint letter to the G20 Leaders, Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President, and Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, presented the views of the EU on key issues on the agenda of the upcoming G20 Leaders Summit, including full support for G20 work on development as an important contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and addressing environmental issues.

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EU Funds Drought Response in Bolivia [viewed]

4 November 2010: The European Commission has allocated €1.5 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by droughts in the Bolivian region of Chaco, as well as measures reducing vulnerability in future droughts and enhancing the resilience of communities.

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IFC Presents Climate Risk Assessment Pilot Studies [viewed]

November 2010: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) published a report titled "Climate Risk and Business: Practical Methods for Assessing Risk," which aims to better understand gaps and barriers to climate risk analysis, test and develop risk evaluation methodologies, and identify possible adaptation responses and needs of the private sector.

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Event: ADBI-OECD Roundtable on Innovation for Balanced and Sustainable Growth [viewed]

This roundtable, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will explore ways in which “developing Asian countries rebalance their economies towards domestic and regional demand.” Participants will consider emerging questions surrounding innovation, such as: innovation for balanced and sustainable growth; making innovation work for development; realizing local benefits of global value chains; and international cooperation for innovation, including technology transfer.  

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