Economics, Trade & Investment

Bhutan, UNDP-UNEP Hold Workshops on Green and Inclusive Development in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

9 August 2012: Bhutan hosted participants from eight Asia-Pacific countries in two high-level workshops addressing green and inclusive economics and development. In the keynote address, Bhutan's Minister of Labor and Human Resources, Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, highlighted environmental resources as a critical asset for economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries.

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Event: Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and partners will organize a workshop on aid effectiveness in the area of public expenditure related to climate change, bringing 100 government officials and development partners from the Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America regions to Bangkok. Particpants at the three-day workshop, titled "Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews: Workshop on Past Experience and the Way Forward" and convening from 10-12 September 2012, will work on recommendations for peer support and collaboration and produce guidelines for a new "Climate Change Public Expenditure Review Sourcebook".  

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CCAFS Bulletin Describes Toll of Heat Shocks on Economic Growth [viewed]

3 September 2012: The September edition of the AgClim Letters, published by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), describes long-term effects of temperature shocks on economic growth, which is felt especially in poor countries. 

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Event: Second UNFCCC Workshop on Long-term Finance [viewed]

The aim of the long-term finance work programme is to contribute to the on-going efforts to scale up the mobilization of climate change finance after 2012. The second workshop will build on the discussions held during the first workshop in June in Bonn. While the first workshop mainly concentrated on understanding the general nature and overview of long-term climate finance, the second workshop is designed to generate more in-depth discussion on its sources and enabling environments. The Cape Town event is also an opportunity for Parties, private sector and civil society stakeholders to express their views on these issues. In-depth discussions will be held on important sub-topics such as new and innovative sources of climate finance, various approaches and strategies to mobilize climate finance from various sources, and ways to strengthen the capacity of developing countries for improved access to climate finance. To ensure full transparency and inclusiveness, central parts of the second workshop will be webcast live and on demand, and external participants will be able to put questions to the presenters, and leave comment's on UNFCCC's social media platforms.  

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CIF, AfDB Funding to Bolster Niger Water Sector [viewed]

3 September 2012: Niger has been awarded US$22 million in financing from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), in addition to financial and technical resources from the African Development Bank (AfDB), to support the Niger Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project, as well as provide assistance to scale-up best practices within a number of other water resource management projects in Niger.

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Adaptation Fund Board Adopts Decisions on Performance Review of the Secretariat [viewed]

Adaptation Fund3 September 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has decided to recommend that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) should remain as the interim secretariat for the Adaptation Fund Board. The intersessional decisions of the Adaptation Fund Board are based on a Performance Review of the Secretariat and Trustee of the AFB. 

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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FAO Releases First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa [viewed]

FAO30 August 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the “First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa.” Accompanying strong economic growth and expansion of urban centers in Africa, FAO notes the strong potential contribution of urban gardening to food security, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.

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Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

28 August 2012: Greg Combet, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, have announced that the Australian emissions trade scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be fully linked by 2018.

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Pacific Smaller Island Leaders Discuss Climate Change, Tourism and Trade [viewed]

PIFS27 August 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) announced the outcomes of the 21st Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders Meeting, held in Raratonga, the Cook Islands, on 27 August 2012. The meeting took decisions on the SIS Development Fund, financing for climate change, tourism and trade.

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