Economics, Trade & Investment

UN-HABITAT Calls for a Focus on Urban Areas in Adaptation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative - Policy Note 122 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on adaptation finance in urban areas. The policy note indicates that, up to now, adaptation finance has largely overlooked urban areas. 

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IEA Paper Explores the “Boardroom Perspective” on Energy Efficiency in Industry [viewed]

The Boardroom PerspectiveNovember 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial Productivity (IIP), has published a new paper titled “The Boardroom Perspective: How Does Energy Efficiency Policy Influence Decision Making in Industry?” which investigates what drives decision makers in large, industrial companies to invest in energy efficiency measures.

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UN-HABITAT Issues Policy Note on Cities and Mitigation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT22 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on mitigation finance and whether cities in developing countries are having sufficient access to resources. 

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GEF SGP and Australian Aid Launch CBA Project for SIDS [viewed]

SGP21 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a three-day workshop for National Coordinators of small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to launch the implementation of its SIDS Community-Based Adaptation project.

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ECLAC, BMZ Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Low-Carbon Growth and Social Equity [viewed]

ECLAC-BMZ18 November 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have signed an agreement to launch a two-year cooperation program on low-carbon economic growth and social cohesion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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Adaptation Fund Releases Review of Interim Arrangements [viewed]

Adaptation Fund5 November 2011: A performance study of the Secretariat and Trustee of the Adaptation Fund, performed at the request of the Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP) to the Kyoto Protocol, has been made available on the Adaptation Fund website. The study reviews legal arrangements, the cost effectiveness of administration, the effectiveness of project reviews and other relevant management policies. 

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UNFCCC Launches Fast-Start Finance Online Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC18 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a new online portal to enable governments, institutions and interested persons to access information on fast-start finance for responding to climate change. The portal aims to make more visible and transparent the financial support provided by developed countries to developing countries to help them reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change.

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IISD's Trade, Investment and Climate Change Program Organizes Conference at WTO HQ [viewed]

November 2011: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's (IISD) Trade, Investment and Climate Change Program has posted video presentations and background documents from an event it organized at World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters.

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