Economics, Trade & Investment

ECOSOC High-Level Meeting with IFIs Addresses Financial Crisis, MDGs [viewed]

11 March 2011: A two-day High-Level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was held in New York, US, from 10-11 March 2011, and addressed pressing issues related to the global financial crisis and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNESCO Launches Portal on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which demonstrates how education helps societies and individuals to achieve sustainability.

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UNGA Holds Debate on LDC Financing [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a day-long debate on 11 March 2011, in New York, US, on investment and financing for least developed countries (LDCs), with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighting that those countries need more and better targeted support from the outside in order to build their manufacturing and services sectors, and to mitigate the impact of climate change.

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UN Convenes Fourth Meeting of the IMG on Sustainability Management [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN has convened the fourth meeting of the Issue Management Group (IMG) on Sustainability Management. The online meeting took place on 10 March 2011, during which the over 20 participants discussed the UN Climate Neutral Strategy and sustainability management of the UN more broadly.

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Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 17th session of the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment (CCGE) was held on 23 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on the sidelines of the 26th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, to discuss future Commonwealth work on environmentally sustainable development and climate finance.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Security Loan for Jamaica [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million loan to support an energy efficiency and security project in Jamaica. The project is expected to result in detailed policies and plans on renewable energy, to reduce the country's high dependence on imported petroleum products and move to cleaner fuels.

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FAO to Provide Training on Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

8 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be offering training to national meteorological services, agriculture departments and other relevant institutions on performing impact assessments using the FAO-MOSAICC (Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change) tool.

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Guest Article #56: Green Growth: Time to Reframe the Way We Think About Growth [viewed]

In many countries, Green is the colour of hope. So, how “green” are we in 2011? The substantive achievements of COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico, were a crucial step in the international effort to address climate change and re-injected hope, trust and confidence in multilateral cooperation. But in order for this cooperation to be effective, we need to support it with major policy shifts at home.

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European Commission Unveils Roadmap for Competitive Low-carbon Europe [viewed]

8 March 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050, describing the cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

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