Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: IV International ECLAC Carbon Footprint Seminar [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and French Cooperation will co-host the fourth in a series of annual seminars on the potential implications of carbon footprint initiatives for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) trade. This year's session will focus on "Environmental footprint and Latin American food exports: International regulations and business practice." The seminar will look at the state of carbon footprint labeling standards internationally, including ISO 14.067, France's Grenelle 2 and standards work underway in the EU, discuss the state of methodologies for calculating the carbon footprint of products, and look at the application of environmental standards on imports by US and European retail chains and cases of adoption of such standards by exporters in Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica.  

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BASIC Countries Call for Focus on Implementation [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which the leaders reaffirm that the Durban Platform (ADP) process and outcome shall be under the Convention, in full accordance with all its principles and provisions, in particular the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

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Taiwan Supports CEPREDENAC Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

10 July 2012: Taiwan/Republic of China (ROC) announced it will contribute $2 million as part of its continuing commitment to Central American cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UNIDO's Making It Magazine Highlights the Need for Sustainable Consumption [viewed]

July 2012: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the latest issue of its quarterly newsletter, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with a focus on the theme “The Health of Nations.” The issue considers linkages between productive activities and health concerns.

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UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Scaling Up Long-term Finance [viewed]

11 July 2012: A total of 140 representatives from governments, major financial institutions, private sector entities and civil society, participated in the UNFCCC workshop on long-term finance. The event aimed to discuss key issues for scaling up finance mobilization for climate change.

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OECD, FAO Agricultural Outlook Highlights Continued High Food Costs [viewed]

FAO11 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released the Agricultural Outlook for 2012 to 2021, which highlights the expectation for continued high food costs due to stable production and increasing demand.

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IEA Reports on Caspian Energy Policy Dialogue [viewed]

IEA11 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported on a three-day meeting of energy experts from the Caspian region, which entailed a high-level energy policy dialogue, the regional launch of the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012" (ETP),  training and capacity development, and a workshop on energy efficiency indicators.

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CDM Loan Scheme Concludes First Round of Applications [viewed]

10 July 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) loan scheme has completed its first round of applications, having received applications from 42 projects in 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, including 25 from least developed countries (LDCs).

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CRFM Scientific Meeting Assesses State of Caribbean Fisheries [viewed]

30 June 2012: The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism's (CRFM) scientific body evaluated major fisheries in the region to determine whether natural fish populations remain healthy and where fisheries management controls are necessary.

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Caribbean Ministers Adopt Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Agenda [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Ministerial Council overseeing the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) agreed to sharpen the focus of CRFM to improve the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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