Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Approves Loans for Climate-Related Disaster Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

3 March 2011: The World Bank has approved loans for US$5 million for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and US$5 million for the Republic of Serbia to help increase local access to financial protection from the losses caused by climate change and disasters.

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FCPF, GEF Organize Brazil-Africa Event on REDD+ and Community Forestry [viewed]

11 February 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), with the help of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the Office National des Forêts International (ONFI) and a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), organized a 10-day South-South exchange on community forestry and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNDP Releases Fifth Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the fifth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels.

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio+20" Discusses Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the first of a series of publications aimed at provoking discussion, advancing new ideas and providing inspiration on sustainable development issues for the Rio 2012 Conference.

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IDB Supports Energy Efficiency Project in Chile [viewed]

23 February 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is supporting Chile in the design and implementation of a partial credit guarantee program to expand financing for energy efficiency programs and foster the participation of engineering firms and energy service companies (ESCOs) in the development of an energy service market in the country.

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Event: First Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has informed parties, observer States and observer organizations that the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 110) originally scheduled to be held on 14-15 March 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico has been postponed until the latter part of April 2011.  

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World Bank Supports Distance Learning Course on Climate Change Science and Policy [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank through its Global Development Learning Network is supporting the organization of a distance learning course on “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from 8 April-8 June 2011.

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World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

31 January 2011: The World Bank will establish the world's first Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Danish Embassy (DANIDA) and the Bank's Information for Development Program (infoDev).

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UNICEF Launches 2011 State of the World's Children Report [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released its annual flagship report, "The State of the World's Children 2011 – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity," on 25 February at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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