Economics, Trade & Investment

Guest Article #55: Turning Wastes into Resources While Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Contribution to a Green Economy [viewed]

Environmentally sound management of wastes – including hazardous wastes – is not among the measures that spontaneously come to mind in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Basel Convention - the sole global treaty on waste management, aiming to protect human health and the environment through control of transboundary movements and environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes – is not widely seen as an instrument towards this end. If at all, the role of waste management in combating climate change is seen primarily in the reduction of methane emissions resulting from landfills. Hazardous wastes rarely enter the picture.

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EC and UNEP Outline Priorities for Climate Cooperation [viewed]

23 February 2011:  The European Commission and the UN Environment programme (UNEP) have issued a joint statement signaling the renewal of their political will to consolidate, develop and increase their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common goals and objectives in the field of environment.

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European Commission Outlines Actions to Enhance Carbon Market Registry Security [viewed]

23 February 2011: The European Commission has outlined a series of actions to strengthen the integrity of the European carbon market following cyber-thefts from several EU Emissions Trading System (EUETS) registries in January 2011.

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UNCTAD Proposes Agenda for Action at LDC IV [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a policy brief proposing a broad agenda for action for the fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC IV), to be held from 9-13 May 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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IFAD Governing Council Considers Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

22 February 2011: The 34th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met from 19-20 February 2011, at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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UNEP Convenes Green Customs Partners Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the 7th Green Customs Partners Meeting, from 8-9 February 2011, at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.

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IFAD to Finance Livestock Development in Syria [viewed]

18 February 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide loans and grants worth US$28 million to support a US$73 million project to reduce poverty in dry areas of the Syrian Arab Republic.

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World Bank Institute Offers CDM and JI e-Learning Course [viewed]

15 February 2011: The World Bank Institute is offering a free e-learning course on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).

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EMG Presents Progress Report on UN system-wide Response and Action Report on Drylands [viewed]

February 2011: The Environment Management Group (EMG) has presented a progress report on its work to prepare a UN system-wide rapid response and action report on drylands, with proposed options for a coherent UN-wide contribution to drylands challenges, including the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Plan of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) across the work of the UN system.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Report [viewed]

21 February 2011: The UN Enviroment Programme (UNEP) has released a report on the green economy, titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," as a key contribution of UNEP to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012).

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