Economics, Trade & Investment

IRENA, IISD Hold Media Workshop on Energy Access [viewed]

5 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) organized a workshop for journalists regarding "Access to Energy – What Role for Renewable Energy?" Participants at the event, which took place on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, considered the role renewables could play in providing access to energy.

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UNSG Outlines Expectations for Durban Negotiations [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General6 December 2011: On the first day of high-level talks at the Durban Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Parties to the UNFCCC to move forward on key issues and keep up momentum, even as a comprehensive and binding agreement may be “beyond our reach” in Durban, where governments are gathered for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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At Global Business Day, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Notes Progress in Durban [viewed]

5 December 2011: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, participated in the fifth Global Business Day, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa. During the event, she engaged in a panel discussion on the theme, "What is at stake in Durban? Why should a Durban deal be relevant for business?"

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Adaptation Fund Highlights Case Studies of Direct Access to Financing [viewed]

Adaptation Fund5 December 2011: At the Durban Climate Change Conference, the Adaptation Fund featured case studies from National Implementing Entities (NIEs), and announced the winner of the Adaptation Fund Photo Contest.

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Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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Fourth High-Level Forum Develops Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [viewed]

1 December 2011: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopted a declaration titled the "Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation." The Forum reviewed global progress on aid effectiveness, including a review of targets set in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, shared experiences in delivering the best results, and developed new commitments toward effectiveness of aid in reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and supporting development beyond 2015.

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Event: Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 will seek to raise the profile of African climate change and development issues and demonstrate African ownership of the African agenda on climate change and development. It will focus on the theme "Development First," with sessions addressing "Development first in the context of climate change" and "Climate change economics and finance for Africa."  

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Event: Fourth Expert Group Meeting on the Potential Economic Impact of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will host a two-day meeting of around 30 experts on economic modeling to examine the methodological issues in modelling the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. Participants will be apprised of the initiatives on econometric modeling that have already been employed in the Caribbean and assess their limitations and strengths.  

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Event: Durban Global Business Day [viewed]

This event is organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI). It is the fifth global business day in the context of the UNFCCC negotiations, and is being organized under the theme “Keep moving - Climate, business and growth for all.” Participants will engage in panel discussions on: why a Durban deal is relevant for business; climate finance; climate adaptation; and why solutions to climate need to be driven by business. The afternoon discussions will focus on the challenges for South Africa in responding to climate change.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Adaptation Fund Board Report and Review of Interim Arrangements [viewed]

22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Adaptation Fund Board (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/6), together with an addendum containing the Review of the Interim Arrangements of the Adaptation Fund (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/6/Add.1).

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