Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank Heads Identify Fields for Action [viewed]

28 April 2010: German Chancellor Angela Merkel organized a meeting with the OECD Secretary-General, WTO Director-General, ILO Director-General, IMF Managing Director and World Bank President. The joint press release from the event identifies several fields for action, including green growth and climate change.

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World Bank Showcases Climate Financing Results [viewed]

April 2010: The World Bank's brief on "Multiple Solutions to Address the Climate Change Challenge" highlights that the Bank channelled, during fiscal year 2009, US$9.3 billion in financing for climate-affected sectors. 

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Event: Middle East & North Africa Forum on Flaring Reduction and Gas Utilization [viewed]

Organized by the World Bank and the energy company Masdar, this forum will analyze the challenges and opportunities of flaring reduction projects across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and understand how carbon finance could make flaring reduction projects more economically viable.  

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Event: First Asia Solar Energy Forum [viewed]

The First Asia Solar Energy Forum, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in association with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is expected to bring together key policy makers and solar energy related professionals from nearly 30 of ADB's Member Countries with major solar energy and smart grid manufacturers, developers, suppliers, industry associations and knowledge institutes to support the development and deployment of solar energy technologies in Asia and the Pacific. Participation is by invitation only.  

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Japan-EU Summit Determines Climate Cooperation Actions [viewed]

28 April 2010: The 19th Japan-EU Summit convened in Tokyo, Japan, on 28 April 2010. Besides discussing Japan-EU bilateral relations, Summit leaders exchanged views on a number of key international questions including climate change.

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World Bank Holds Seminar on Climate Change and Africa [viewed]

25 April 2010: The need for Africa to speak with one voice and make itself heard at the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010, was highlighted during a seminar on climate change and Africa organized by the World Bank.

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G20 to Discuss Fossil Fuel Subsidies in June 2010 [viewed]

23 April 2010:The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on 23 April 2010 in Washington DC, US, to discuss the global economic recovery and the transition to a strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

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OECD Secretary General Says Current Pledges Fall Short of Reductions Needed [viewed]

22 April 2010: Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), emphasized that current pledges fall short of the effort needed to curb climate change and discouraged the use of border tax adjustment (BTA) measures during a speech at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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UNFCCC Publishes Paper on the Collection of ITL Fees [viewed]

21 April 2010: The UNFCCC has released a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/) that presents various options for methodologies for the collection of international transaction log (ITL) fees, including options for calculating fee levels and other modalities related to the collection of fees, such as the treatment of new users and actions to be taken in case of non-payment.

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UNEP and Partner Release 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index [viewed]

21 April 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the non-profit institute AccountAbility, has released "The 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index - National progress in the low carbon economy."

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