Economics, Trade & Investment

ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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Event: Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 [viewed]

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Solutions for People in Drylands and Beyond provides an opportunity for the natural resource and agriculture community to share solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural landscapes. The event will provide a venue to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers, and develop solutions that can feed into 2013 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) discussions. The event will take place alongside the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012. This year's event aims to identify: existing, large scale solutions to specific mitigation and adaptation challenges that can benefit farmers, in particular small scale farmers; gaps where there are limited existing solutions or limited available knowledge; and potential trade-offs in implementing existing, known solutions. The Day is co-hosted by, inter alia, CGIAR and the World Bank, and co-organized by, inter alia, IFAD, FAO and WFP.  

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Green Climate Fund Board Selects Host [viewed]

20 October 2012: During its second meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) selected Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea, as the host city of the Fund.

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NEFCO Workshop Discusses Financing NAMAs [viewed]

NEFCO4 October 2012: The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) hosted an international workshop on financing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to discuss key issues, share experiences and provide practical insights for climate negotiators and financing institutions.

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AfDB Publishes First CIF Report [viewed]

AfDB18 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its first semi-annual report on the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in Africa, titled “CIF in Action.” The report highlights projects and investment plans in 15 African countries and the Middle East and North African region (MENA) that aim to support transformations in clean technology, climate-resilient development, increased energy access through renewable energy and sustainable management of forests.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for REDD+ Day [viewed]

16 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for REDD+ Day on 16 October 2012.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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World Bank, Germany Sign MOU in Support of Climate Investment Readiness [viewed]

World Bank12 October 2012: The German Government has partnered with the World Bank to provide €9.4 million to developing countries in support for climate investment readiness and for the design of low-carbon development plans.

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Land Day Convenes at Rio Conventions Pavilion [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for Land Day, the sixth such day-long event focused on sustainable development and land issues.

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OECD Paper Recommends Policy Coherence to Increase Institutional Investments in Clean Energy [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A working paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "The Role of Institutional Investors in Financing Clean Energy," assesses the potential role of institutional investors in providing financing for clean energy investments and identifies current barriers in this respect.

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