Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Fourth African Carbon Forum [viewed]

The fourth African Carbon Forum is being held under the theme "Promoting Green and Low Carbon Development in Africa". Organized by the Nairobi Framework Partners, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank (WB) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the Forum will host a series of plenary sessions, round tables and workshops to discuss topics related to the carbon market in Africa. Topics to be addressed include the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, plans of action and scaled-up mitigation actions, improving energy access in Africa and REDD+.  

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Event: Adaptation in Practice [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office will hold a Webinar on Adaptation in Practice to present findings from its most recent evaluation on the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the challenges encountered through its evaluations on adaptation funding under the Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). Time: 8.30 - 9.30 in New York and Washington, DC; 14.30 - 15.30 in Bonn, Paris, Rome, and Luanda; 20.30 - 21.30 in Bangkok, Jakarta and Phnom Penh.  

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GEF Greenline Newsletter Showcases Project Results in Asia and Africa [viewed]

GEF3 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released the January issue of its Greenline Newsletter, featuring articles on adaptation projects in the Himalayas and Bhutan, a new interactive project tracking tool, and findings of the GEF Evaluation office, among others.

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Indian Prime Minister Emphasizes Cooperation and Equity at DSDS [viewed]

2 February 2012: The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, has called for cooperation between all countries, both industrialized and developing, in order to achieve sustainable development. He noted that cooperation must be based on the right to development and the equitable distribution of burden.

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UN Missions Discuss UN's Environmental Sustainability Management [viewed]

2 February 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced that the UN has held its first meeting with diplomatic missions to the UN on the UN's environmental sustainability management. The meeting was designed to share lessons and best practices on sustainability initiatives, and included presentations by the Green Diplomacy programmes of Chile and the UK.

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UN Commission for Social Development Focuses on Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UN logo1 February 2012: The 50th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has opened at UN Headquarters. The session will focus on poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially-inclusive policies, taking into account the global economic crisis and climate change. Opening statements from UN officials highlighted the importance of social development for sustainable development and the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IEA Releases Guide to Policy Makers on Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

IEAJanuary 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled "A Policy Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage," which serves as a guide to policy makers to support the development of national and international policy on carbon capture and storage (CCS), both conventional fossil fuel CCS and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS).  

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UNRISD Releases Film on the Social Dimensions of the Green Economy [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has released a short film titled "Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social," which explores the green economy's potential as a path to inclusive, sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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UNEP Preparing Draft Medium-Term Strategy [viewed]

UNEP30 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has circulated a draft of its Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2014-2017 to organizations accredited to UNEP. The MTS is intended to guide the work of UNEP for the four-year period and provide a framework for measuring progress, achievements and results.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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