Economics, Trade & Investment

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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IEA Head Inaugurates Rural Solar Power Plants in India [viewed]

IEA13 September 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, recently inaugurated two solar-power plants in the mountainous Ladakh region of India as part of the village electrification component of the country's push for renewable energy.

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Event: Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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