Economics, Trade & Investment

African MDG Report for 2010 Launched [viewed]

September 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly produced the 2010 report on "Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs)."

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Event: Energy Efficiency and Access Forum [viewed]

The Energy Efficiency and Access Forum is organized by the Mexican Secretary of Energy, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The event is being organized in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún to take place in December of this year. The debate will center around three main topics: norms and standardization; capacity building and dissemination of information to the public; and successful programs from Mexico and other countries.  

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UNEP Releases Brief on Green Economy and MDGs [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released "A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals" (MDGs), which concludes that investment in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential for meeting the MDGs. The brief was launched at the UN Summit on the MDGs, convening from 20-22 September 2010, in New York, US.

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AfDB Organizes Roundtable on Climate Change Financing for Africa [viewed]

22 September 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) organized a roundtable on African Perspectives on the issues before the UN High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, where participants highlighted that, for most African nations, the overwhelming challenge posed by climate change is how to adapt to its adverse impacts.

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Event: AfDB Consultation on African Climate Change Financing Perspectives [viewed]

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host a two-day roundtable consultation on African Perspectives on Climate Change Financing, with the objective of allowing key African stakeholders to discuss progress made to date by the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF). The roundtable will allow African stakeholders to have their perspectives reflected in the final report of the AGF that is due to be approved on the 12 October 2010, thus enhancing the report's acceptability by African States.  

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IDB Funds Clean Energy in Barbados [viewed]

15 September 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$45 million loan to boost the use of renewable energy sources in Barbados and improve its energy efficiency.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Financing for Two Projects [viewed]

20 September 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved projects in Senegal and Honduras for funding worth US$14 million. These and other decisions were taken at the 11th Adaptation Fund Board meeting held in Bonn, Germany, from 15-17 September 2010.

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EIB to Support Clean Energy in Italian SMEs [viewed]

20 September 2001: The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a credit line of EUR 200 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Italy.

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WTO Public Forum Debates Sustainable Energy Use and Carbon Footprint Standards [viewed]

17 September 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2010, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-17 September 2010, included stakeholders in discussions on policies to promote sustainable energy use, as well as measuring, pricing and standards for carbon dioxide emissions.

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US-Indonesia Joint Commission Discusses Climate and Energy [viewed]

17 September 2010: The US-Indonesia Joint Commission held its inaugural meeting in Washington DC, US, on 17 September 2010, which included sessions of working groups on climate and the environment and on energy.

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