Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: 2013 G20 Leaders Summit [viewed]

The Russian Federation has set as the objective of its 2013 Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20): developing a set of measures aimed at boosting sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and jobs creation around the world. The G20 will look at eight areas in particular in 2013: framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth; jobs and employment; international financial architecture reform; strengthening financial regulation; energy sustainability; development for all; enhancing multilateral trade; and fighting corruption. The G20 brings together finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 countries - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US - plus the EU. The G20 Leaders Summit in September 2013 is preceded by a series of outreach events organized in five streams: think tanks; business; labour; civil society and youth.  

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UNFCCC Releases Report on GEF Support for Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information document on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications by non-Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.7).

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Adaptation Fund Calls for Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

Adaptationfund16 May 2013: The Adaptation Fund is calling for public comments on concepts and proposals from seven countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The project concepts and proposals will be considered at the 21st meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-4 July 2013.

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EU Reports It Has Exceeded Fast Start Climate Finance Pledge [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2013: The EU has reported that it has surpassed its fast start finance pledge to developing countries by providing over €7.3 billion (approximately US$9.5 billion) of climate finance.

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UNISDR's DRR Assessment Calls on Private Sector to Reduce Risk [viewed]

UNISDR15 May 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released the third edition of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This edition is subtitled “From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The Business Case for DRR,” and seeks to provide a resource for understanding and analyzing current and future global disaster risk.

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EEA Study Highlights Green Growth Benefits of Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

EEA14 May 2013: According to a series of studies that the European Environment Agency (EEA) undertook on the potential for fiscal reform in Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal - EU countries affected by the current economic crisis - environmental taxes can achieve environmental objectives while raising revenues and they have a "less negative effect on GDP compared to other types of taxes, such as direct taxes."

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UNGA Discusses Climate Change and Energy-Water Nexus in Post-2015 Context [viewed]

UNGA16 May 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a thematic debate, titled “Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Energy-Water Nexus,” which brought together environment and development experts to discuss the linkages among climate change, energy supply and water availability in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Third Global Green Growth Forum [viewed]

The third Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) aims to be a platform for developing new or enhancing existing public-private partnerships for promoting green growth and will be hosted by the Danish Government in partnership with the Governments of China, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Qatar. With an overall focus on improving resource efficiencies in the value chain, the event will also focus on the following thematic areas: energy, water, food and greening the value chain. It will also provide an opportunity for green growth leaders to discuss ways to finance green growth, create demand for green growth and enhance economic incentives for the transition to a green economy.  

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ICRAF Brief Identifies Opportunities for Climate Finance for Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)22 May 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a policy brief on challenges and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation to climate change for smallholder farmers.

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Global DRR Platform Reflects on Increasing Losses from Disasters, Post-2015 Framework [viewed]

globalplatform23 May 2013: The 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was organized by the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), reaffirmed governments' commitment to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and to reversing the trend of mounting economic losses caused by natural disasters and climate change.

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