Economics, Trade & Investment

FAO Launches Energy from Biomass Project in Argentina [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Government of Argentina and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an agreement for a three-year project that seeks to triple biomass as a share of the Argentinian national energy balance by converting forest wastes, animal excreta and crop wastes into biogas and other forms of bioenergy.

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IEA Study on Urban Buses Calls for Replacing Fossil Fuels with Efficient Biofuels [viewed]

25 September 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) has published a new report, titled "Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses: Overall Energy Efficiency and Emission Performance," which assesses the emissions reductions potential and fuel efficiency of various fuels for urban buses, and finds that replacing fossil fuels with efficient biofuels is most effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

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DESA Guidebook Compares Green Economy, Green Growth and Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published a guidebook exploring the history and definitions of three concepts, namely green economy, green growth and low-carbon development. This Guidebook is the first in a series.

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Event: Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade 2012 [viewed]

Convened under the theme “Boosting Intra-African Trade for Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security," the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade (CAMAT) 2012 provides a platform for African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade to renew commitments towards, and discuss strategies for, boosting intra-African trade to allow greater food and nutrition security on the continent. CAMAT 2012 will also see the rollout of the ccelerated Agribusiness and Agro-Industries Development Initiative (3ADI) programme, to assist smallholder farmers to attain greater market access.  

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UNGA High-level Debate Calls for Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

25 September 2012: During the opening of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers called for global cooperation to address climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “action on climate change remains a major piece of unfinished business.”

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EU Studies the Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles [viewed]

24 September 2012: The EU has released a study discussing the marginal cost abatement curves for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs). The study has been released as part of work towards an EU-wide strategy for HDV emissions reductions.

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AfDB's Climate Finance Newsletter Highlights Facilitation of Green Growth in Northern Africa [viewed]

AfDB17 September 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the July-August issue of its Climate Finance Newsletter, which spotlights efforts to facilitate green growth in Northern Africa, noting that such investments will build sustainable infrastructure, enhance livelihood resilience to withstand climatic shocks and manage natural resources.

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BCIE, UNDP Share Lessons Learned Supporting Green Businesses in Central America [viewed]

4 September 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a symposium on "Sharing Lessons of Green Business for Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Climate Change," from 23-24 August 2012, in the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama.

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European Investment Bank Finances Renewable Energy Project in Ukraine [viewed]

24 September 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will lend EUR 200 million to Ukraine for modernizing and upgrading generation of hydroelectricity through the UkrHydroEnergo programme. The project is expected to result in a significant reduction of fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in Ukraine.

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UNCTAD Trade and Development Board Discusses Sustainable Development in Africa [viewed]

UNCTAD20 September: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held the 59th session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, which included a session on the sustainable structural transformation in Africa, highlighting challenges for African countries in making structural changes to their economies, as well as opportunities offered by greening economic growth.

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