Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD Roundtable Examines Catalyzing Investment in Low-carbon Infrastructure [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a special roundtable looking at how to create a long-term policy framework that catalyzes private investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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IPC-IG Publishes Brief on Climate Change, Farming and Gender in Madagascar [viewed]

October 2012: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has released a Policy Research Brief titled “Greening the Economy and Increasing Economic Equity for Women Farmers in Madagascar.” The brief, authored by Zo Randriamaro, with contributions from Neesha Fakir, highlights the role of formal and informal institutions in local responses to climate change and reveals the need for innovative coping strategies to address climate shocks and hazards.   

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Global Gas Flaring Reduction Forum Reviews Progress Achieved [viewed]

25 October 2012: The Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, a public-private initiative led by the World Bank that facilitates and supports national efforts to use currently flared gas, has called on oil producers, countries and companies to reduce flaring of natural gas associated with oil production by 30% by 2017. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Financing Options for REDD+ [viewed]

UNFCCC17 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the workshop on financing options for implementation of results-based actions relating to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including modalities and procedures for financing these actions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.8).

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GEF SGP Presents Results of Recycled Wood Pellet Project [viewed]

8 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), supported a project to build a wooden pellet production facility in the Rivne region of Ukraine.

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UNFCCC Publishes Standing Committee's Report to the COP [viewed]

UNFCCC24 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Standing Committee to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, containing information and recommendations on the Standing Committee's work for 2012 (FCCC/CP/2012/4).

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UNECE/FAO Forest Newsletter Highlights Wood Energy Impacts and Data Reliability [viewed]

UNECEOctober 2012: The latest Forest Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) focuses attention on two workshops on the impacts of wood energy use and wood energy data reliability, as well as their Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, which provides information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumption.

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OECD Roundtable Recommends Integrating Investment and Climate Change Policies [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized a special roundtable discussion on 25 September 2012, titled "Mobilising Private Investment in Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure,” which addressed the integration of investment and climate change policies at the domestic level to provide stable policy frameworks for investments in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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Event: EU Rail Policy Conference [viewed]

The EU Rail Policy Conference, titled "Unravelling the new railway package," aims to bring together the latest research and practical experience to consider rail policy issues, including: efficient approaches for vertical separation, passenger market competition, and effective regulation. The aim of the EU Rail Policy Conference is to have a wide debate to generate insights on the way forward.  

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative Launched for the African Region [viewed]

GFEI18 October 2012: Fifty participants from 20 African countries convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) regional launch in Africa. Motivated by high rates of vehicle growth in Africa, the workshop aimed to identify policy shortcomings and the need to monitor vehicle import trends as a strategy to promote fuel efficient cars.

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