Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Institute Offers CDM and JI e-Learning Course [viewed]

15 February 2011: The World Bank Institute is offering a free e-learning course on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).

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EMG Presents Progress Report on UN system-wide Response and Action Report on Drylands [viewed]

February 2011: The Environment Management Group (EMG) has presented a progress report on its work to prepare a UN system-wide rapid response and action report on drylands, with proposed options for a coherent UN-wide contribution to drylands challenges, including the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Plan of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) across the work of the UN system.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Report [viewed]

21 February 2011: The UN Enviroment Programme (UNEP) has released a report on the green economy, titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," as a key contribution of UNEP to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012).

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UNCCD Science Committee Discusses Indicators, Knowledge Management Systems [viewed]

18 February 2011: The Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has concluded in Bonn, Germany, following three days of discussions on topics including: progress made on studies and activities requested by previous Conferences of the Parties (COP); the establishment of a knowledge management system; the strengthening of national, regional and global networks of experts; the refinement of impact indicators; and ways to improve the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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ADB Vice-President Discusses Sustainable Development and Green Finance at ChosunBiz [viewed]

15 February 2011: Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB), discussed financing green growth and reshaping the sustainable development paradigm during her keynote address to the ChosunBiz Green Finance Forum, on 15 February 2011, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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UNCCD, GIZ and BMZ Publish Summary of Meeting on the Economics of Desertification [viewed]

16 February 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have published a brochure on the discussions of the Partnership Meeting on the Assessment of the Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (E-DLDD).

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GEF Approves Projects on Transport and Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed three GEF projects within the climate change focal area, related to transport, energy efficiency in industry and in commercial buildings. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval.

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World Bank Signs MOU with Asian Disaster Reduction Center [viewed]

16 February 2011: The World Bank and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Tokyo, Japan, to strengthen cooperation and regional partnerships for disaster risk reduction (DRR), and to enhance capacity building and knowledge-sharing in disaster prevention in the face of growing climate change pressures in East Asia and the Pacific.

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OECD Working Paper Explores Swedish Climate Mitigation Policy [viewed]

9 February 2011: The OECD has released a new economics working paper, titled “Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Sweden,” which discusses next steps in Swedish mitigation policies now that the country has decoupled GDP growth from emissions growth.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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