Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: WTO Trade and Environment Meetings [viewed]

Three environment-related meetings will take place on 8-9 November 2010: (i) on 8 November 2010, the Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) will hold an open-ended informal meeting on all three elements under Paragraph 31 of the Doha Development Agenda; (ii) the WTO Secretariat will organize a Workshop on the Linkages between Trade, Transport and the Environment in the morning of 9 November 2010; and (iii) the Committee on Trade and Environment in Regular Session (CTE Regular) will meet in the afternoon of 9 November 2010.  

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Latin American Carbon Forum Highlights Region's Potential [viewed]

2 November 2010: Participants to the Fifth Latin American Carbon Forum, which took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 13-15 October 2010, expressed concern over barriers to carbon mitigation projects and the lack of progress in the climate change negotiations.

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World Bank Finances Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Morocco [viewed]

November 2010: A World Bank-financed concentrated solar power plant cutting edge design  is now supplying electricity to the Moroccan electricity grid.

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Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting Discusses Climate Financing [viewed]

28 October 2010: The 14th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Economic Ministers' Meeting (FEMM) was held in Alofi, Niue, on 27-28 October 2010, to discuss options for the Pacific region to improve access to, and management of, climate change financing.

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CARICOM Posts Draft Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy [viewed]

October 2010: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has posted the final draft of the Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which includes a section on food stability focusing on improving the food and nutrition security resilience of the region to natural and socioeconomic shocks and climate change.

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World Bank Signs First African Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement on Soil Carbon [viewed]

3 November 2010: The World Bank signed the first African Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) on soil carbon in a ceremony held at the International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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UNECE Holds Seminar on Policy Reforms for Clean Energy [viewed]

29 October 2010: As reported in the Weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 25-29 October 2010, UNECE held the second seminar on policy reforms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments on 20-22 October 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Governors' Global Climate Summit 3 [viewed]

The Governors' Global Climate Summit (GGCS) is co-hosted by the Governor of California and other Subnational Leaders and Partners, in Partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP). GGCS 3 is focusing on "Building the Green Economy." It will serve as a forum to learn best practices, share ideas and collaborate on projects to see first-hand how our actions at the subnational level can drive national and international climate negotiations.  

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IDA, GEF Support Clean Energy in Mali [viewed]

29 October 2010: The International Development Association (IDA), a branch of the World Bank Group, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are supporting Mali villagers, through the Household Energy and Universal Access Project (HEURA), to use efficient stoves to replace wood cutting, reduce emissions and indoor air pollution, and preserve forests.

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ADB Announces "Lighting for All" Platform [viewed]

29 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) have announced a “Lighting for All” platform to help provide clean and affordable electricity to 50 million people who currently rely on expensive and highly polluting fuels for their lighting needs.

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