Economics, Trade & Investment

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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European Investment Bank to Expand Work on Climate Change [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission presented a proposal on the external mandate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) until 2013, which would activate a EUR 2 billion optional mandate for projects contributing to address climate change.

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GEF SGP Supports Greening Armenia's Housing Sector [viewed]

20 April 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is piloting a residential project to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in apartment buildings in Armenia.

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ASEAN Leaders Issue Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

9 April 2010: The 16th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took place from the 8-9 April 2010, in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The session was themed “Towards the ASEAN community: from vision to action.”

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UNDP Releases Human Development Report for Russia [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, has released the National Human Development Report in the Russian Federation on the energy sector and sustainable development. The report describes the correlation between climate change, the energy sector and human development.

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Energy Ministers of the Americas Work on Energy and Climate Partnership [viewed]

16 April 2010: Energy Ministers of the Americas met in Washington, DC, US, on 15-16 April 2010, under the auspices of the US Department of Energy, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) to work on a framework for an “Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas” (ECPA).

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New Adaptation Fund Website Launched [viewed]

15 April 2010: The Adaptation Fund has launched a new version of its website. The website can be accessed at the same URL and features several new user-specific sections.

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