Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Approves Environmental Projects in Mexico Ahead of COP 16 [viewed]

23 November 2010:  The World Bank has approved a package of three initiatives totaling US$713.24 million to bolster Mexico's efforts to "green" its economy. The initiatives focus on climate change public policies, efficient lighting and appliances, and adaptation.

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Sustainability Focal Points Discuss UN's Climate Neutral Strategy [viewed]

24 November 2010: The third meeting of the Issue Management Group on Sustainability Management (IMG) took place in New York, US, on 28-29 October 2010, bringing together over 50 focal points with responsibility for implementing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy.

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World Bank Launches Corporate Responsibility Website [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Bank has launched a new Corporate Responsibility website showcasing its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint since 2002.

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UNFCCC Publishes NAPA Regional Training Workshop Report [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2010/15) on the regional training workshops on the implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) held in 2009–2010.

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World Bank Report Highlights Potential for Portable Solar Lighting in Africa [viewed]

23 November 2010: The World Bank has released a report titled "Solar Lighting for the Base of the Pyramid: Overview of an Emerging Market," which underlines that, by 2015, solar portable lights could provide access to clean and safe lighting to an estimated 65 million Africans who are currently either un-electrified or under-electrified.

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UNDP Publishes Report on Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change [viewed]

17 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled "Staying on Track: Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change," which focuses on corruption risks involved with adaptation and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Pacific Solution Exchange Launches Discussion on Effective Resourcing for Climate Change [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Pacific Solution Exchange has launched a facilitated online discussion on the topic of “Effective Resourcing to Address Climate Change,” and is inviting participants to share views, experiences and good practices from within the Pacific, from other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and internationally, in addressing this issue.

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Coordinator of High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Briefs UN Delegates [viewed]

23 November 2010: An informal meeting of the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 November 2010, to hear a briefing by Daniele Violetti, Coordinator of the Secretariat for the Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, on the Group's final report.

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GEF Council Expands Small Grants Programme [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 39th Meeting of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council approved US$134 million for the next phase of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which awards up to US$50,000 in funds for  projects by civil society and community based organizations.

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European Commission Outlines Future Trade Policy [viewed]

9 November 2010: The European Commission has released a Communication titled "Trade, Growth and World Affairs," which sets out the triple benefit of trade for Europe, namely stronger economic growth, more jobs and increased consumer choice at lower prices. The Communication also addresses green growth, energy and climate change.

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