Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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AfDB, GEF Discuss Project Portfolio [viewed]

15 April 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) held a two-day strategy meeting to discuss new programming opportunities in Africa, including programmatic approaches to the challenges of the Lake Chad Basin.

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Hungary Donates Funds for Fast-Start Climate Finance [viewed]

15 April 2011: Hungary has announced it will donate one million Euro to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) operating under the UNFCCC and managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), thus becoming one of the first donors in Central Europe to invest in climate adaptation for least developed countries (LDCs), which are most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

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CEB Takes Action on Biodiversity, Climate, Sustainable Development, DDR [viewed]

19 April 2011: In a briefing to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 19 April 2011 in New York, US, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) discussed the highlights and outcomes of its Spring meeting, which took place from 1-2 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases 13th Meeting Report [viewed]

18 April 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report of its 13th meeting, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 17-18 March 2011.

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Event: 15th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

 

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UNDP Supports Climate Finance Meeting for Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

UNDP15 April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) organized a Pacific National Stakeholders Meeting on Climate Financing on 14-15 April 2011, in Koror, Palau. The two-day meeting brought together representatives of ten Pacific countries to discuss means of increasing their access to climate funds and using them sustainably, and options available to Pacific Island countries to access and effectively deliver climate change adaptation initiatives.

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OECD Paper Highlights Benefits of Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Economics Department Working Paper titled “Mitigation potential of removing fossil fuel subsidies, a general equilibrium assessment,” authored by Jean-Marc Burniaux and Jean Chateau.

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Event: E-environment Day at World Summit on Information Society Forum 2011 [viewed]

This Day is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Basel Convention Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Day will focus on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) for the environment, one of the action lines defined in the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action. The event will include workshops, interactive discussions, publication releases and networking sessions on issues such as energy efficiency, climate monitoring and adaptation, e-waste and the green economy transition. The event will be open to all stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society, academia, as well as international and regional institutions. Participation in this event is possible either on-site or remotely, presenting recent publications or displaying the most recent activities from relevant organization at the e-environment exhibition stand.  

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Event: Expert Meeting on Governance of Forests and REDD+ [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Bank, UN-REDD Programme and Chatham House, aims to encourage coordinated monitoring and assessment of REDD+ and forest governance. It will mark the joint launch of two new tools to assist practitioners: the Guidance Framework for Monitoring REDD+ Governance developed by UN-REDD and Chatham House; and the Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance emerging from the 2010 Stockholm meeting on forest governance led by the World Bank and FAO. Working sessions will be organised to enable a discussion of piloting processes, identify key points to test and consider the governance monitoring needs of different stakeholders (governments, private sector, local communities, etc.).  

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