Economics, Trade & Investment

EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF's Report to the COP [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) (FCCC/CP/2012/6), which includes information on the activities of the GEF for the fiscal year 2012, from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, in the area of climate change. 

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Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Releases Hanoi Communiqué [viewed]

7 September 2012: Delegates and high-level representatives shared experiences and advocated developing integrated policies that build partnerships with the private sector and encourage financial innovation on climate-smart agriculture during the Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Hunger for Action.

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FAO Releases Paper on Greening the Economy with Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO5 September 2012: Noting the challenges of ensuring food security, adapting agriculture to climate change, and minimizing agriculture's contribution to climate change, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a paper exploring the relationship between increased resource use efficiency for agricultural productivity in the context of meeting sustainable development and climate change objectives.

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ADB Finances Road Project with Climate Benefits in India [viewed]

ADB20 September 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced plans to lend an additional $300 million to the Government of India to upgrade a further 254 kilometers of state highways in Bihar, India. As well as upgrading the highway, the ADB will is funding the offset carbon emissions through tree planting.

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UNEP FI Newsletter Highlights Launch of Principles for Sustainable Insurance [viewed]

UNEP FI20 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the September edition of its newsletter, which highlights the launch of Principles for Sustainable Insurance, UNEP FI's participation in the role of finance under a future climate treaty, as well as the accession of new members.

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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology [viewed]

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

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Clean Technology Fund Supports Smart Grid Technologies in Viet Nam [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank has approved funding to improve electricity provision services and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Viet Nam, and through a Clean Technology Fund loan, added US$30 million to support the implementation of smart grid electricity distribution technologies.

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IDB Buildings Earn LEED Green Building Certification [viewed]

IDBAugust 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Headquarters buildings in Washington, DC, US and its Country Office located in San Jose, Costa Rica have obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as environmentally sustainable structures. 

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2012 [viewed]

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2012 will focus on the question: “Is multilateralism in crisis?” and will provide an opportunity for civil society participants to analyze the state of multilateralism and assess whether it is in crisis, considering both the Doha Round deadlock and WTO activities that work well. The Forum will address the following: formulating new approaches to multilateral trade opening in areas such as trade facilitation; addressing 21st-century issues and identifying areas in need of new regulations; and looking at the role of non-state actors in strengthening the multilateral trading system.  

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