Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCCD, GIZ and BMZ Publish Summary of Meeting on the Economics of Desertification [viewed]

16 February 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have published a brochure on the discussions of the Partnership Meeting on the Assessment of the Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (E-DLDD).

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GEF Approves Projects on Transport and Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed three GEF projects within the climate change focal area, related to transport, energy efficiency in industry and in commercial buildings. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval.

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World Bank Signs MOU with Asian Disaster Reduction Center [viewed]

16 February 2011: The World Bank and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Tokyo, Japan, to strengthen cooperation and regional partnerships for disaster risk reduction (DRR), and to enhance capacity building and knowledge-sharing in disaster prevention in the face of growing climate change pressures in East Asia and the Pacific.

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OECD Working Paper Explores Swedish Climate Mitigation Policy [viewed]

9 February 2011: The OECD has released a new economics working paper, titled “Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Sweden,” which discusses next steps in Swedish mitigation policies now that the country has decoupled GDP growth from emissions growth.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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UNEP, European Energy Centre Convene European Renewable Energy Conference [viewed]

24 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the European Energy Centre and the Terre Policy Centre, convened the 14th European Conference on the Latest Technologies in Renewable Energy, Heating and Cooling Applications, in Edinburgh, UK, on 24 January 2011.

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Germany Confers Legal Capacity to the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

14 February 2011: Through an Act of Parliament, the German Government conferred legal capacity to the Adaptation Fund Board, making the Fund an independent international legal entity.

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Event: UNFF 10 [viewed]

The tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 10) will assess the overall progress made on the implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests and achievement of its four Global Objectives on Forests. The theme for UNFF 10 is forests and economic development. Agenda items will include: forest products and services; national forest programmes and other sectoral policies and strategies; reducing risks and impacts of disasters; and benefits of forests and trees to urban communities.  

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EU Leaders Focus on Energy [viewed]

4 February 2011: The European Council gathered Heads of State and Government of the EU member States on 4 February 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss energy and innovation as part of the EU 2020 Strategy on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU.

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OECD Brochure Highlights Work on Environment and Green Growth [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure titled “OECD Work on Environment,” which highlights past and upcoming work on a range of environmental issues, as well as key OECD publications addressing them.

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