Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: GEF STAP Science Panel Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF STAP) will meet to discuss strategies, toolkits and other information relevant for the November GEF Council meeting.  

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OECD Releases Paper on Alternatives to Offsets in Voluntary Markets [viewed]

4 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a paper in its Environmental Working Papers series titled "Buying and Cancelling Allowances as an Alternative to Offsets for the Voluntary Market - A Preliminary Review of Issues and Options."

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OECD Publishes Paper on Linking Emissions Trading Schemes [viewed]

4 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a paper in its Environmental Working Papers series titled  "Towards Global Carbon Pricing: Direct and Indirect Linking of Carbon Markets."

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GEF SGP Funds Bicycle Rental Scheme in Macedonia [viewed]

3 September 2010: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP)  is funding bicycle rental as an alternative means of urban transportation, and to reduce congested traffic and air pollution, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Documents for 11th Meeting of Adaptation Fund Board Posted [viewed]

September 2010: The working documents of the 11th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board have been posted online.

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OECD Publishes Paper on Costs and Benefits of Adaptation [viewed]

10 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Plan or react? Analysis of Adaptation Costs and Benefits Using Integrated Assessment Models.”

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UNCTAD World Investment Forum Opens in China [viewed]

7 September 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (by videoconference), Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and former US President Bill Clinton addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China, highlighting the current challenge of integrating investment policies to encourage the transformation towards a low-carbon economy.

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EBRD and Japan Sign MoU to Support Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the co-financing of environmental projects, the development of carbon emission reduction instruments, and co-financing and non-sovereign financing of municipal infrastructure, in particular linked to climate-related projects.

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ECLAC Holds Seminar on International Trade's Vulnerability to Carbon Footprint Policies [viewed]

3 September 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) organized a seminar to address the vulnerability of Latin America's international trade to carbon footprint policies adopted by developed countries.

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World Bank Distributes CFL Lightbulbs in Ethiopia [viewed]

2 September 2010: The World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) and the Ethiopian Government designed a comprehensive demand-side programme to relieve pressure from Ethiopia's electricity supply grid, including the free distribution of five million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to consumers in exchange for their incandescent bulbs.

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