Economics, Trade & Investment

WTO CTE Considers Carbon Border Adjustments and Carbon Footprint Schemes [viewed]

7 July 2011: The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) met on 6 July 2011 to continue considering the consistency of carbon footprint schemes on international trade rules, as well as a proposal by Singapore related to carbon-related border tax adjustments (WT/CTE/W/248).

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UNEP Releases Report on Trends in Renewable Energy Investment [viewed]

7 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a publication titled "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011," prepared for UNEP by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. According to UNEP, investments in renewables reached US$211 billion globally in 2011.

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World Bank Building Earns LEED Gold Certification [viewed]

World Bank6 July 2011: Two World Bank Washington office buildings have earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council, as a result of the implementation of green activities aimed at reducing its energy use and carrying out awareness raising campaigns.

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OECD Paper Surveys International Investment Agreements [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Environmental Concerns in International Investment Agreements - A Survey,” which establishes a statistical portrait of governments' investment treaty practices in 1,623 international investment agreements (IIAs).

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IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy Adopts Communiqué [viewed]

10 July 2011: The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy has concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa's Development.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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IDB to Administer GEF Geothermal Project in Colombia [viewed]

5 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will administer a US$2.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to assist the Colombian Government in developing a regulatory framework to foster the use of non-conventional renewable energy, by establishing incentives and removing barriers to investments in geothermal power projects.

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World Bank, GEF Project Supports Energy Efficiency in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank5 July 2011: The World Bank will administer a US$2.37 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant for the Government of Viet Nam to implement its national energy efficiency programme.

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CCCCC and EU Sign Agreement to Support Caribbean Forum Countries in Meeting Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the EU have entered into an agreement to, among other things, support Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries in meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology Prepares for UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

24 June 2011: In preparation for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), the International Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology and the Role of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to Address Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 23-24 June 2011.

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