Economics, Trade & Investment

CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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GEF Publishes Roadmap for Accessing LDC Climate Fund [viewed]

May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a roadmap to clarify the steps necessary for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation through the LDC Fund (LDCF).

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UN Secretary-General, UNIDO Emphasize Changing Production and Consumption Patterns to Support Sustainable Economic Growth [viewed]

17 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella emphasized the need to change production and consumption patterns in their statements at the Fourth Nevsky International Ecological Congress. 

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GEF Publishes Roadmap for Accessing Resources through the SCCF [viewed]

GEFMay 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a roadmap to clarify to potential project proponents, the process and methodology to present projects to the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF).

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ADB Supports Lending for Green Buildings in China [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending CNY 300 million in partial credit guarantees to Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank, to support private-sector financing of green buildings in China.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Cooperative Activities [viewed]

11 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.3) summarizing cooperative activities with UN entities and intergovernmental organizations, to contribute to the work under the Convention.

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UNESCO Director-General Outlines Preparations for Rio+20 [viewed]

9 May 2011: In her opening statement to the 186th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, outlined UNESCO's preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), its efforts to raise the profile of biodiversity conservation, and its support to efforts to address climate change.

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World Bank Invites Applications for Monitoring and Verification of CDM Projects [viewed]

May 2011: The World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit's (CFU) invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing support services for monitoring and verification of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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Global Platform Calls for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and DRR into Development Planning [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) took place from 9-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action.” The meeting built on the findings and recommendations of the 2009 Global Platform's second session, as well as the results of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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