Economics, Trade & Investment

European Parliament Studies Climate Change Effects in Outermost Regions [viewed]

November 2011: The European Parliament has published a study titled “The Role of Regional Policy in Addressing the Effects of Climate Change in Outermost Regions,” which explores potential effects of climate change on the EU Outermost regions, and presents the measures and initiatives within EU Regional Policy supporting mitigation and/or adaption measures in these regions.

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World Energy Outlook 2011 Warns Against Unsustainable Energy Future [viewed]

9 November 2011: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) annual flagship publication, the “World Energy Outlook 2011,” stresses that increasing investments in high-carbon infrastructure are making the 2°C international climate change goal more challenging and expensive to meet.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Work Programme on Loss and Damage [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.13), which synthesizes the views and information submitted by parties and relevant organizations on various thematic areas to be addressed in the implementation of the work programme on loss and damage.

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UN Viet Nam Marks UN Day [viewed]

8 November 2011: UN Greening the Blue has announced that the UN office in Viet Nam hosted a green picnic, for staff, family and friends, to mark UN Day on 24 October 2011. The event aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues through green booths and quizzes. 

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Support Climate Resilience of Coastal Sri Lankan Cities [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the University of Moratuwa, the Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and the Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), has launched a project titled "Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal Urban Areas, Sri Lanka (CCSL)" aimed at enhancing the resilience to climate change of coastal Sri Lankan cities through disaster risk management.

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ICID+19 Develops Declaration of Niamey on Drylands [viewed]

October 2011: Approximately one hundred participants, scientists and policymakers from Africa, Brazil, Argentina and France, as well as representatives from international organizations, met in Niamey, Niger, from 24-25 October 2011, at the “Fight Against Desertification in Africa” conference, also known as ICID+19 Africa.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Launch of Green Climate Fund in Durban [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General8 November 2011: In a speech delivered to a “Friends on Climate Change” group breakfast, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his expectations ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year, stressing the need for Durban to "at least" complete what was agreed in Cancun.

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EU Finance Ministers Adopt Conclusions on Fast-start Climate Finance [viewed]

8 November 2011: EU Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 8 November 2011, adopted conclusions on climate finance. They stressed the importance of fast-start finance for the swift implementation of the Cancun Agreements and endorsed the final report on finance provided by the EU and its member States to be presented at the Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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EBRD and GGRF to Combat Gas Flaring in the Russian Federation and Central Asia [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) will help governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan introduce energy efficiency measures and environmental standards in oil and gas operations.

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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