Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Holds Consultations on New Environment Strategy with Central Asia Stakeholders [viewed]

4 February 2010: The World Bank is undertaking a consultative process towards the adoption of its new corporate Environment Strategy. According to the Bank, the new Strategy will take into account a set of principles, realities and challenges faced in the implementation of environmental activities such as climate change and urbanization. As part of the consultation process, a workshop for Central Asia was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the World Bank office, on 4 February 2010.

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Event: Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Timber section, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), will organize a workshop to discuss tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and emerging trade regulations on timber. Participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the link between trade liberalization and the key challenges facing the forest-based sector, including climate change.  

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Funding Available for NGOs to Participate in CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

15 February 2010:  The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced that funds are available to sponsor the participation of developing country NGOs in the CIF Second Partnership Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 18-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, and which will be hosted by the Asian Development Bank.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Launches Climate Survey [viewed]

5 February 2010: The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has launched a global survey to identify the climate change data needs of the financial services sector.

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UNCTAD Releases Report on Promotion of Green Growth in Low Income Countries [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a report titled "Trade and Environmental Review 2009/2010: Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy." The report focuses on the over 140 low-income and least developed countries, which account for less than 10% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions of all developing countries.

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CIF-Pledged Funds for Forest Management and Renewable Energy Investments Reach US$700 Million [viewed]

4 February 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of its Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) sub-committee on 3 February 2010, and its Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-committee from 3-4 February 2010, in Washington DC, US.

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UNWTO e-Bulletin Addresses Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

1 February 2010: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released the February 2010 issue of its e-Bulletin Sustainable Development of Tourism.

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Event: Ninth Adaptation Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Board of the Adaptation Fund will meet for its ninth meeting to discuss ongoing work.  

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ADB Funds Climate Change Study in South Asia [viewed]

4 February 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the UK are financing a US$1.2 million study to help South Asia analyze the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation actions.

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European Commission Addresses Cyber Attacks on EU ETS Registries [viewed]

4 February 2010: The European Commission has announced a series of immediate and future measures to address the cyber attacks on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) registries that occurred on 28 January 2010.

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