Economics, Trade & Investment

UN Secretary-General Calls for Environmental Protection [viewed]

3 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed sustainable development, climate change and protection of the marine environment in remarks in Monaco, on 3 April 2013, on the occasion of the principality's 20th anniversary of UN membership.

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UK DEFRA Grant Promotes Low-Carbon Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Brazil [viewed]

defra-idb5 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be administering a $39.2 million grant from the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to support the adoption of sustainable farming methods in Brazil.

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Event: Forest Products and Technologies for the Future [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Timber and Forestry Section of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation, the seminar will examine forests in the Russian Federation and the technologies required for the modernization of the country's forestry sector. The seminar will also explore the potential of the Russian Federation's forests with regard to climate change mitigation and the sustainable supply of timber and bio-energy.

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UNFF10 Opens, Recognizes the Value of Forests [viewed]

8 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) opened on 8 April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, with initial statements emphasizing the need to recognize the multiple values of forests, as well as the linkages of forests to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The theme of UNFF10 is 'Forests and Economic Development.'

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Global Mechanism Meeting Supports Integrating Climate Finance into SLM Activities [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted a meeting that gathered representatives from nine countries to discuss lessons learned and final year priorities for the project "Integrating Climate Change Finance into Sustainable Land Management Investment Strategies" funded by the European Commission.

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LDC Fund Supports Water and Climate Resilience in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Mauritania [viewed]

5 April 2013: The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), operated by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has granted US$18.6 million, to be channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), for the development of climate-resilient water sectors in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Mauritania.

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UNEP, UNOPS Partner to Purchase Carbon Offsets [viewed]

5 April 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has requested the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to buy 50,000 certificates of emission reduction (CERs), to cover UNEP's emissions for 2010-2013. UNOPS purchased almost 14,000 additional certificates to offset its global activities in 2011. These purchases are line with the 2007 UN directive for UN agencies to move towards climate neutrality.

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UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS Conference [viewed]

9 April 2013: Preparations for the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are underway, beginning with a planning mission led by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to Apia, Samoa, where the Conference will take place.

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Workshop Updates MENA Region's Investment Plan for Concentrated Solar Power [viewed]

5 April 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank organized a workshop on the Middle East and North African (MENA) region's 2009 Investment Plan for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), which resulted in an updated and revised Plan that will be presented to the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Trust Fund Committee in May.

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ADB's Development Outlook Outlines Asia's Energy Challenges [viewed]

ADB9 April 2013: The annual economic outlook report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) focuses on rising energy demand in Asia, recommending actions to adopt new energy sources and create integrated regional energy markets in order to protect economic growth and curb carbon emissions.

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