Economics, Trade & Investment

UNFCCC Holds Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage in LAC [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a regional expert meeting to discuss the full range of approaches and tools to address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the relative cost-effectiveness of these. The meeting focused on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, and included discussion of impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events.

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EBRD Supports Energy Efficient Transportation in Ukraine [viewed]

EBRD27 July 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing a €152 million sovereign loan to finance a fast and low-carbon public transport solution in Ukraine. 

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) will meet from 6-8 September 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. Discussions will address, inter alia, activities identified in the report on the linkage modalities and the rolling workplan of the TEC for 2012–2013 (FCCC/SB/2012/1).  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for West Africa, as part of the GEF Country Support Programme, including participants from Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra leone, Guinea and Togo. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies, with focal points of the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemicals conventions to discuss activities with global environmental benefits. Civil society organizations are invited to register at the meeting website.  

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

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Southern Africa as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will invite focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to meet with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies. Participants are expected from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Financing Options for REDD+ [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2012/3) on financing options for the full implementation of results-based actions relating to the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+)) including related modalities and procedures.

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IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

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Event: Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), together with the Secretariats of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), are organizing a workshop on “Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Opportunities from Climate Change Financing Mechanisms”. The workshop will focus on opportunities and new directions presented by climate change financing mechanisms, including the Adaptation Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Financing Mechanisms, the Green Climate Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), and Renewal Energy Funds. Specifically, the workshop will seek to: share and exchange information on existing, new and emerging climate change mechanisms, and how these could be used to enhance synergistic implementation of the Rio Conventions; increase the capacity of participating countries to identify and mobilize potential financial resources through climate change financing mechanisms; present successful tools, instruments, best practices experiences and lessons learned with illustrated examples from countries on how SLM has been integrated into climate change adaptation and mitigation financing; develop country specific project profiles/ideas that link SLM and adaptation to climate change for later development and identify opportunities for scaling-up joint efforts and strategic partnerships; and build the capacity of a core team of experts in order to strengthen national capacities to elaborate and implement viable programmes linking land, water and climate change in various sectors.  

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Accelerated Sustainable Human Development in Africa [viewed]

23 July 2012: In a speech delivered at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, stressed the need for Africa's economic performance to translate into higher human development for all, particularly the poor, women and youth.

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