Economics, Trade & Investment

G-20 Toronto Summit Addresses Energy Subsidies, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

27 June 2010: The first Summit of the G-20 in its capacity as the premier forum for international economic cooperation convened in Toronto, Canada, on 26-27 June 2010. The Summit concluded with the adoption of a final Declaration that, among other issues, addresses development and environmental issues, including climate change and energy.

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AMCEN 13 Focuses on Rio Conventions, Prepares for Cancun [viewed]

25 June 2010: The 13th Session of the African Ministers' Conference on Environment (AMCEN) took place in Bamako, Mali, from 20-25 June 2010, under the theme “Enhancing the interrelationship between climate change, biodiversity and desertification for sustainable development.” The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which was developed to serve as the continent's new road map for sustainable development and basis for strengthening the common negotiating position on climate change and biological diversity. 

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World Bank Appoints Special Envoy for Climate Change [viewed]

25 June 2010: Robert Zoellick, World Bank President, announced the appointment of Andrew Steer as Special Envoy for Climate Change, a new position created for focused leadership and representation of the World Bank in the international climate change discussions.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Project Concepts for Financing [viewed]

24 June 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board approved the first four proposals of concrete adaptation projects at its tenth meeting held in Bonn, Germany, from 14-16 June 2010.

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CIF Strategic Climate Fund Holds Program Meetings [viewed]

24 June 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Sub-Committee meetings took place from 22-24 June 2010, in Washington DC, US. These included meetings of the following target programs of the CIF Strategic Climate Fund (SCF): the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP); the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR); and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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UNEP Issues Policy Brief on Integrated Solutions for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Poverty [viewed]

23 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the first issue in its new Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled "Integrated Solutions for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Poverty."

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EU Outlines Priorities for G20 Toronto Summit [viewed]

23 June 2010: The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, have sent a joint letter to the other leaders of the G20 outlining their thoughts on key agenda items of the G20 summit, to be held in Toronto, Canada, from 26-27 June 2010, including on climate change.

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African Economic Outlook 2010 Released [viewed]

17 June 2010: The “African Economic Outlook 2010,"  a joint publication of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has been released.

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Event: UNECE Timber Committee Market Discussions and Policy Forum [viewed]

The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will gather governments, industry, research, non-governmental organizations and the media to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector. Under the theme "Innovative Wood Products are the Future," discussion will address: wood energy, carbon markets and certified forest products markets, and the role of wood products in mitigating climate change.  

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APEC Energy Ministers Focus on Low-Carbon Energy Security [viewed]

19 June 2010: The ninth meeting of the Energy Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convened in Fukui, Japan, on 19 June 2010, under the theme "Low Carbon Paths to Energy Security: Cooperative Energy Solutions for a Sustainable APEC," and agreed to improve energy efficiency and increase the clean energy supply in the APEC region.

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