Economics, Trade & Investment

LDC Eminent Persons Group Releases Report [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Secretary-General's Eminent Persons Group on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has released its report, titled “Compact for Inclusive Growth and Prosperity.” The report finds that the structural limitations of LDCs must be addressed in order to close the gap between LDCs and the rest of the world, and outlines objectives and targets for a new Programme of Action (PoA), including on small island developing States (SIDS) and climate change.

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UNECA and AU Publish 2011 Economic Report on Africa [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) have published the 2011 Economic Report on Africa, titled “Governing Development in Africa: The Role of the State in Economic Transformation.”

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Proposed Agenda and Draft Work Programme for EB 60 Released [viewed]

28 March 2011: The proposed agenda and draft work programme, together with the annotated agenda, for the 60th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, to be held from 11-15 April in Bangkok, Thailand, are now available.

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Event: Land Day 4 [viewed]

This event will be the fourth such event organized by the UNCCD Secretariat, and will take place in parallel to the meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary body meetings to provide a forum for UNFCCC and UNCCD decision-makers to exchange ideas. Panel Session 1 will focus on climate financing and its long-term impacts on climate adaptation and mitigation at the local level. Panel Session 2 will examine the implication of the REDD+ and Cancun agreements for the drylands. Panel Session 3 will examine green growth and green economy.  

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Event: GEF Central America Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) [viewed]

The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from Central American countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.  

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Event: GEF South America Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) [viewed]

The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from South American countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.  

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Event: GEF Asia Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) [viewed]

The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from Asian countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.  

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Event: ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be holding its first Green Standards Week to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The event will also provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry the opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to the 17th Conference of the Parties at the end of the year. The Week will include: a Workshop on Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT; a Workshop on Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards; and a Workshop on Submarine Cables for Ocean/Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Science, Engineering, Business and Law.  

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Event: Governance for Forests, Nature and People [viewed]

This training course will focus on multi-stakeholder governance design in forested landscapes. Themes to be addressed include: globalization, increased resource extraction, climate change, collaborative learning, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The course is organized by the Centre for International Forestry Research and Wageningen University.  

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Global Sustainability Panel Sets Overall Goal, Guiding Principles [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) has issued the report of the second meeting of the Panel (GSP 2), which took place from 24-25 February 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. The summary highlights the presentations of the three Working Groups (WGs) that were established to advise the Panel, the Panel's overall vision of sustainability, a framework, and guiding principles for the Panel's work.

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