Economics, Trade & Investment

High Level Taskforce Calls for Establishment of Global System for Climate Services [viewed]

12 May 2011: The High Level Task Force on a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which emerged from the World Climate Conference 3 of 2009, has released a report titled "Climate Knowledge for Action: A Global Framework for Climate Services - Empowering the Most Vulnerable." The report recommends the establishment of a global system to provide information to help manage climate risks and opportunities.

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African Institutions Establish Joint Support Office on Climate Change and Infrastructure [viewed]

12 May 2011: The African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA) have launched a Joint Secretariat Support Office (JSSO) to support common African policy positions vis-à-vis the donor community and global fora, such as the G20 with regard to infrastructure development and climate change.

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Stakeholders Consider Draft Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

11 May 2010: A stakeholders meeting on the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10-11 May 2011, under the auspices of the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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ADB Meeting Focuses on Green Business, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

6 May 2011: The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 3-6 May 2011, and addressed, among other issues, green business opportunities, climate change and food security.

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OECD Website Outlines Benefits and Challenges of Green Growth for Developing Countries [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has created a website outlining its work on green growth and development.

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Event: Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011: New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

This forum, organized by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Resources Institute (WRI), seeks to promote best practices in clean energy policy and regulation, financing and investment, innovative business models, and energy access. Parallel breakout sessions will provide opportunities to discuss innovative and creative methods to break down barriers to large scale clean energy development and deployment in Asia Pacific.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Sustainable Development Research Conference [viewed]

10 May 2011: In a keynote speech to the 17th annual conference of the International Sustainable Development Research Society in New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres observed that, despite some advances, the green growth agenda has not progressed "beyond the status of secondary agenda," and "green, sustainable growth has not yet become the global norm."

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EU, Liberia Conclude Bilateral Forest Agreement [viewed]

9 May 2011: The EU and Liberia have concluded a bilateral agreement to certify the legal origin of imported wood products into the EU.

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OECD Secretary-General Discusses Greening Spain's Energy Sector [viewed]

4 May 2011: Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), delivered a speech on greening Spain's economy for the 25th Anniversary of the Spanish Energy Club, which took place in Madrid, Spain, on 4 May 2011.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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