Economics, Trade & Investment

BCIE Finances Wind Farm in Honduras, Hydropower Expansion in Costa Rica [viewed]

14 February 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) announced, on 14 February 2012, financing for renewable energy projects in Costa Rica and Honduras, as well as for a project intended to link the national electrical grids of Central American countries.

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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IEA Report Reviews Danish Sustainable Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA21 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Denmark,” which highlights Denmark's long-term energy goal of becoming independent of fossil fuel use by 2050, but notes that challenges remain in implementing its ambitious goals.

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GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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ADB Co-Hosts Greater Mekong Subregion Growth and Sustainability Meeting [viewed]

ADB20 February 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with Mekong countries, hosted the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 2020: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability International Conference, which addressed several themes relating to economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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IEA Report on Energy Policy of Slovak Republic Calls for Regional Cooperation on Energy Security [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report entitled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review,” which lauds Slovakia's efforts on energy efficiency, and notes the essential role of greater regional cooperation, particularly in gas and electricity interconnections, in enhancing energy security and market competition for the region as a whole.

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UNEP Names World Environment Day Host [viewed]

World Environment Day 201222 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Brazil will host World Environment Day 2012, under the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually on 5 June, will take place a few weeks before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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African Carbon Support Programme Seminar Highlights Durban Outcomes [viewed]

AfDB22 February 2012: The African Carbon Support Programme (ACSP) held a seminar for the African Development Bank (AfDB) staff, outlining the outcomes of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Durban, South Africa, in 2011.

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UNESCAP Convenes South-East Asian Flood Risk Reduction Forum [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, convened the South-East Asia Flood Risk Reduction Forum, which focused on lessons learned from the 2011 South-East Asian flooding and ways to increase resilience to future floods.  

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Event: ClimDev-Africa High-Level Roundtable [viewed]

This roundtable will focus on mobilizing resources for the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund, which was established to pool resources and finance demand-driven projects in Africa that aim to generate and disseminate climate information at all levels. ClimDev-Africa is a joint strategic initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). These same institutions are hosting the event with host, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).  

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