Economics, Trade & Investment

Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IEA, EMBARQ Launch Global Database of Bus Rapid Transit Systems [viewed]

2 April 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with EMBARQ, a division of the World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Database, a database of bus transport systems from over 130 cities worldwide.

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GEF Funds Energy Reforms and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development in Cape Verde [viewed]

GEF20 March 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.7 million grant to promote renewable energy systems in Cape Verde over the next 3 years.

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

UNIDOMarch 2012: The the ninth issue of the quarterly magazine of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), titled “Making It: Industry for Development,” focuses on the theme “Our low-carbon future.”

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UN-Backed Report Highlights Role of Broadband in Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

2 April 2012: According to a new UN-backed report, the use of broadband in information and communication technology (ICT) can support a global transition to a low carbon-economy by mitigating, and adapting to, the effects of climate change.

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Adaptation Fund Calls for Inputs on Innovative Funding Strategies [viewed]

Adaptation Fund30 March 2012: In a push to meet its fundraising goal of $100 million from now through 2013, the Adaptation Fund Board is inviting public inputs on innovative ways to mobilize public and private sources of finance for adaptation.

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World Bank and GEF Support Dioxin Control in the Pulp Industry and Smart-Transport in City Clusters in China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF29 March 2012: The World Bank has approved two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants totaling US$19.8 million to support reduction of dioxins from the pulp and paper industry and promote eco-transport development in city clusters in China.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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