Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF, UNCCD Publish Book on Sustainable Land Management Projects [viewed]

October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats have jointly published a book on sustainable land management (SLM) projects, highlighting the impact of many of these projects in achieving SLM, as well as experiences and lessons learned.

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Guest Article #67: Climate Change Negotiations: Keeping Africa Safe [viewed]

The UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November to 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations, and a defining opportunity for African leaders to chart the course towards outcomes that curb the rising threat of climate change, implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol in Africa, and advance the interests and aspirations of all African countries and peoples.

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Global Green Growth Forum Focuses on Energy, Transport, Trade and Finance [viewed]

12 October 2011: Initiated by the Governments of Denmark and the Republic of Korea, in association with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) conference was the first of a series of annual events aimed at creating and expanding public-private partnerships in areas including energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable transport, trade and finance.

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2011 Urban Environmental Accords Summit Focuses on Green Cities [viewed]

13 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed addressed the 2011 Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Gwangju Summit, which convened under the theme of “Green Cities, Better Cities.”

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IFPRI's 2011 Global Hunger Report Focuses on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

12 October 2011: In advance of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, the International Food Price Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a report titled "2011 Global Hunger Index: The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food prices volatility."

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Event: CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings [viewed]

This meeting will include the meetings of: the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Sub-Committee; the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme (SPREP) Sub-Committee; the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee; the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee; and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee.  

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Norway Launches Energy+ Initiative at Energy for All Conference [viewed]

12 October 2011: During the "Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor" conference, the Government of Norway launched its Energy+ initiative aimed at mobilizing private capital and public resources for energy access.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses International Green Business Day [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary10 October 2011: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has called on the business community to “create a virtuous cycle of push and pull” between the public and private sectors to pave the way toward sustainability and a low-carbon future.

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Event: Take Lead [viewed]

The Take Lead conference seeks to discover new oppor­tunities for cities and businesses and share knowledge to confront the emerging crisis through green growth. It will include workshops on: Smart Grid –Smart Growth; Sustainable Living in Buildings; Electric Vehicles; Communicating Green Growth; Bio Business is Big Business; Water –the Lasting Drop; a Sea of Wind- off shore wind; and Solutions for Sustainable Cities. The results of the discussions will feed into the report “State of the Green Economy” that will be submitted to the EU, C40, Rio+20 and UN Global Compact.  

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Event: GEF 42nd Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programmes. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet for three days, twice each year.  

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