Economics, Trade & Investment

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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ALBA Nations Adopt Declaration Opposing Commodification of Nature [viewed]

5 November 2010: The Ministerial Committee for the Defense of Nature of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP) adopted a declaration opposing the concept of "green economy," in which nature is seen as "capital" for producing tradable goods and services.

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Governors' Global Climate Summit Launches R20 Initiative [viewed]

16 November 2010: At the conclusion of the third Governors' Global Climate Summit (GGCS 3), held from 13-16 November 2010, in Davis, California, US, leaders from around the world announced a subnational public-private alliance on climate change and the green economy titled “R20 – Regions of Climate Action.”

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Event: Conference on the Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Conference "Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy: Making Sustainable Development Inclusive," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will address the challenge of achieving poverty reduction in the face of growing climate variability and change. It will take stock of the conceptual understandings and empirical evidence developed in recent years and analyze its impact on policy formulation and implementation in Asia and the Pacific.  

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Event: Joint Expert Meeting of IPCC WGII and WGIII on Economic Analysis, Costing Methods and Ethics [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will address topics such as: identification and comparison of metrics; measuring risk and valuing information; technical change; adaptation as an economic process; integrated assessment; behavioral dimensions; intra- and intergenerational justice and costs; economic and ethical implications of decision making under uncertainty; social cost-benefit analysis; and optimal carbon prices in second-best settings.  

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UN Secretary-General Addresses G-20 Working Lunch on Climate Change and Green Growth [viewed]

19 November 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a speech at the G-20 Working Lunch on Climate Change and Green Growth, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 12 November 2010.

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Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa Concludes 11th Meeting [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 11th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 14-15 November 2010, has concluded its deliberations on the best approaches to coordinate efforts to support the African Union (AU) and its New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) programme.

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Investors Call for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

16 November 2010: Over 25o investors representing US$15 trillion have signed a statement calling on negotiators at the upcoming Cancun Climate Change Conference to take urgent action or risk severe economic disruptions.

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EIB Supports Climate-resilient Water Projects in Samoa [viewed]

17 November 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide technical support for sustainable and climate-resilient water projects in Samoa. EIB support will target the rehabilitation and upgrade of independent water schemes in Samoa under a EUR 250,000 technical assistance programme, which will also ensure community participation and improve drinking water quality and climate resilience.

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UNEP FI Calls for Policies to Spur Private Investment in Low-carbon Growth [viewed]

16 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Climate Change Working Group, together with partners, have called for national and international policies that will spur private investment into low-carbon growth and protect the world economy from the worst impacts of climate change, in a statement issued in the lead-up to Cancun.

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