Economics, Trade & Investment

UN CC:Learn Selects Pilot Countries for Climate Change Learning [viewed]

3 August 2011: The UN CC:Learn Steering Group has announced the selection of Benin, Uganda and the Dominican Republic to participate in the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn's “Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development,” aimed at supporting countries to develop a strategic approach to climate change learning.

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Second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Calls for Proposals [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Private Financing Advisory Network of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) has opened a call for proposals from the Africa region for the second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-2) Business Plan Competition.

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OECD Update Highlights Biotechnologies for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

28 July 2011: The 22nd issue of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Biotechnology Update provides up-to-date information on OECD activities related to biotechnology, including applications of biotechnology for green growth and sustainable development, and climate change adaptation.

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Event: Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) [viewed]

The Fourth Special Session of AMCEN will provide a platform for African countries to further consolidate and enhance Africa's common negotiating position on climate change ahead of the Durban Climate Change Conference and look towards UNCSD. The Session will address issues related to the Climate Green Fund, green economy, and Africa's preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012, with a special emphasis on international environmental governance (IEG).  

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ITTO Supports REDD+ Feasibility Study in Brazil [viewed]

1 August 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has signed an agreement with the Japanese company Marubeni to conduct a feasibility study on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+) in the Brazilian Amazon.

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ESCAP Committee Highlights Importance of Trade in Low Carbon Goods [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Trade and Investment, which convened from 27-29 July 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand, highlighted the need for UN assistance to developing Asia-Pacific countries for them to realize the potential for trade and investment in low-carbon goods, technologies and services.

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IDB Funds Modernization of Hydroelectric Plants in Brazil and Renewables in Nicaragua [viewed]

IDB28 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$128 million loan to Brazil to refurbish two large hydropower plants, and a US$22 million loan to Nicaragua to improve access to electricity and supply of renewable energy.

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IDB Funds Access to Green Credit in Honduras [viewed]

IDB27 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$30 million green line facility for Banco Atlántida of Honduras, to support its loans to environmentally-sustainable projects.

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IDB Joins Airplane Companies in Funding Research on Jet Biofuel from Sugarcane [viewed]

IDB27 July 2011: Boeing, Embraer and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have announced they will jointly fund a sustainability analysis for renewable jet fuel production based on Brazilian sugarcane.

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Event: ADB Urban Forum 2011: Financing Future Cities [viewed]

The objectives of this forum include to: familiarize participants with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Urban Operational Plan focusing on the urban environment, the urban economy and urban equity (the 3E agenda) and the products available to support its implementation; increase understanding of mechanisms available for financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; raise awareness of innovative practices in financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; and increase understanding between financiers and borrowers on opportunities and constraints to financing city/regional projects. Representatives from ministries of finance and urban development, mayors, financial and urban planners, financing agencies, contractors, infrastructure companies, and donors are expected to attend.  

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