Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB Supports Wind Generation Expansion in Latin America [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$150 million loan to expand wind energy generation in Latin America. The loan will support the construction of four wind farms, three in Brazil and one in Uruguay, expected to add 546 megawatts of wind energy capacity to the region by 2014. 

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IDB Finances Energy Efficiency Efforts in Jamaica [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan for Jamaica to design and implement investment measures in energy efficiency in the public sector.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on CDM Benefits [viewed]

Benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism 201114 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report outlining the multiple benefits provided by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), including the promotion of flows of finance, and technology and knowledge transfer to host countries.

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Event: 19th Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council [viewed]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 19th Regular Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council. The Council will examine project and issues in three thematic clusters: healthy communities and ecosystems; climate change – low-carbon economy; and greening the economy in North America. The Council will also examine implementation of its new initiative to increase engagement with stakeholders and the public, the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). Every year the Council, composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the US, meet to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing environmental cooperation in North America, and provide guidance to the CEC. The CEC is an intergovernmental organization established to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the environmental side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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SPREP, UNDP Hold Cost Benefit Analysis Training [viewed]

SPREP, UNDP Hold Cost Benefit Analysis Training15 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a training workshop on how to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) demonstration projects. 

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ILO Governing Body Discusses Green Jobs, Decent Work and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ILO8 November 2011: During the 312th session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), delegates discussed an agenda item on green jobs, decent work and sustainable development.

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UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory [viewed]

UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its final report on green economy. Titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," the full report expands on UNEP's previous green economy publications - a synthesis for policy makers and summary of conclusions, inter alia - challenging the assumption of a trade-off between the economy and the environment. It argues that with appropriate policies, governments can grow their economies consistently with environmental goals. 

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CPF Highlights Role of Markets in Sustaining Forests [viewed]

CPF16 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has called for greater attention to the key role that healthy national and international markets can play in sustaining the environment, and in particular the world's forests.

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