Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: 22nd Session of the Steering Committee of the UNECE Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting will discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation. It will also address: development of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Federation and in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States; increasing energy efficiency for secure energy supplies; energy efficiency market formation in South-Eastern Europe; removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus; green procurement for smart purchasing; the Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region; modern and sustainable heat and power from woody biomass in South-Eastern Europe; and Best Practice Guidance on Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines.  

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Event: 17th Meeting of the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

This meeting will review recent developments of the project on Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation. The meeting will also discuss: work-in-progress by the Investment Fund Designer project contractor; work-in-progress by the Development of a Website and Internet Communications Network of Energy Efficiency Managers in Eastern Europe project contractor; review of progress in implementation of grants by the National Participating Institutions; preparations for the second International Energy Efficiency Forum and Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects; and the working group on investment project development standards.  

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Event: Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy [viewed]

This course is intended to provide decision makers and project developers with a comprehensive framework on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing projects. It aimes to provide broad theoretical and practical insights regarding the economics and dynamics of the most significant renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass and others.  

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UN DESA Releases Journal Highlighting Work on Islands, Biofuels and Transport [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has released the latest edition of its journal titled “Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal” (Volume 35, Issue 1), with articles on water governance, atoll livelihoods, Brazilian ethanol policy, sustainable transport and corruption in Africa, highway emissions projections for India, and opinions on the usefulness of the concept of a green economy.

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ESCAP Convenes Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools in Thailand [viewed]

24 February 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), together with the Government of Thailand, convened a seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development in Thailand, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-24 February 2011.

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ESMAP Publishes Portfolio Review for 2009-2011 [viewed]

February 2011: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published the ESMAP Portfolio Review for 2009-2011, reviewing activities implemented under the five themes (or portfolios) of: energy assessment and strategy; energy access; energy efficiency; renewable energy ; and low carbon growth. 

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UN-REDD Releases First Five-Year Strategy [viewed]

24 February 2011:  The UN-REDD Programme has released its first five-year strategy for 2011-2015, which provides a road map for increased support to UN-REDD partner countries for activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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World Bank Releases Report on Poland's Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy [viewed]

24 February 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy in Poland," which finds that Poland's transition to a low-emissions economy by 2030 is feasible, as it underwent transition to a market economy in the early 1990s.

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UNEP's 2011 Sasakawa Prize Winners Focus on Forest Conservation [viewed]

23 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced two projects aimed at conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities in Latin America and Asia, as the 2011 recipients of the Sasakawa Prize.

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Event: From Local to Rio: Linking Women's Low-Carbon Initiatives with Sustainable Development Policy [viewed]

This side event at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, is being organized by the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). The event aims to highlight key issues of gender and technology and build support from the women's community for work at the next negotiating sessions of the UNFCCC, Rio 2012 and beyond. This event will draw attention to the roles of women as inventors, managers and distributors of low-emission technologies in the context of promoting sustainable development and effective climate change responses. Panelists will present successful projects on the ground and connect to women's leadership in a green economy, and highlight UN Women's goals in the context of Rio 2012. Panelists include: H. Elizabeth Thompson, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Coordinator of Rio 2012; Nereidge Segala, Farmer and President of Ser do Sertao, Pintadas, Brazil; Lucy Wanjiru, Programme Specialist, Gender and Environment, UNDP Gender Team; and Gail Karlsson, Senior Policy Advisor, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.  

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