Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB Launches Public Consultations on Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

28 October 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a public consultation process on the draft of its Integrated Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy, including a series of workshops to be held in several countries in the region.

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G-20 Notes Progress on Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

23 October 2010: The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, on 23 October 2010, noted the progress made on rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

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World Bank Funds Geothermal Energy in Kenya [viewed]

22 October 2010: The World Bank presented an Electricity Expansion Project in Kenya, expected to channel a total investment of US$1,391 million, of which the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA), is providing US$330 million, to expand energy access with clean geothermal power and new transmission lines.

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OECD Releases Paper on Climate Change and Fisheries Policy in Norway [viewed]

7 October 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Norway – Sustainable Development: Climate Change and Fisheries Policies."

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ADB, World Bank Workshop Focuses on Resilience to Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

14 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank organized a workshop on "Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific: Moving from Strategy to Action," in Nadi, Fiji, on 13-14 October 2010.

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ADB Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Asian Megacities [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities," which highlights the impact of climate change on Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila under a range of scenarios through 2050.

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IDB Launches MicroCarbon Development Fund [viewed]

21 October 2010: Through its Multilateral Investment Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the MicroCarbon Development² Fund, which will invest in energy efficiency programmes to benefit lower income households, microenterprises, small companies and forest communities, while combating climate change.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Poverty Issues [viewed]

21 October 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 21 October 2010, in New York, US, to consider the eradication of poverty and other development issues.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Wood Energy and Carbon Markets [viewed]

19 October 2010: The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met on 11-12 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector.

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Final TEEB Report Highlights Economic Value of World's Natural Assets [viewed]

19 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), has released its final report, "Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: A synthesis of the approach, conclusions and recommendations of TEEB."

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