Economics, Trade & Investment

Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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IFC and Partners to Establish Low Carbon Green Zone in Garment Factories in Bangladesh [viewed]

6 August 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority and the Government of the Republic of Korea to establish a Low Carbon Green Zone in the Chittagong Export Processing area in Bangladesh.

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Event: Climate Investment Funds Associated Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are co-hosting the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, on 6-7 November 2012, as well as associated meetings. The Forum will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to deepening global understanding of the linkages between climate change and development as they have been addressed within the context of the CIF. The Forum will be preceded by Pilot Country meetings for all CIF programs (the Clean Technology Fund, the Forest Investment Program, the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, and the Program for Scaling-Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries), from 30 October-1 November, and a Private Sector Forum, on 5 November.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia [viewed]

The ECWs bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia are: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for East Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for East Africa will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible for this ECW are: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.  

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World Bank Supports Methane from Wastes Recovery Project on Pig Farms in the Philippines [viewed]

World Bank7 August 2012: The World Bank is supporting the Philippines in the development of an efficient farm waste collection system in the Philippines. The system allows farmers to obtain carbon credits through the installation of anaerobic wastewater treatment systems that save methane emissions.

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WEF Report Summarizes CEM3 Public-Private Roundtables [viewed]

7 August 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has reported on the release of a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), which summarizes the discussions and outcomes of eight public-private roundtables that were organized in the context of the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3), held in London, UK, from 25-26 April 2012.

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AfDB Outlines Opportunities and Challenges of North Africa's Regional Integration [viewed]

AfDB7 August 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released a report, titled "Unlocking North Africa's Regional Potential Through Regional Integration - Challenges and Opportunities," which highlights opportunities presented by regional integration to promote a new, inclusive and sustainable growth model.

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Mexico's Sustainable Light Program Gains Guinness Book of Records Recognition [viewed]

World Bank1 August 2012: Mexico's “Sustainable Light” program has been accepted into the Guinness Book of Records for having distributed 22.9 million compact fluorescent energy-saving light bulbs.

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Event: Third Asian Development Bank Transport Forum [viewed]

The third Asian Development Bank (ADB) Transport Forum will convene under the theme "Inclusive and Sustainable Transport". The Forum aims to provide the opportunity to discuss and debate the most critical issues currently facing transport in the Asia Pacific region. Sessions will address, inter alia, urban transport, road safety, green freight and transport technologies, climate change resilience, mode choice, socially inclusive transport, road asset management, and cross-border transport.  

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