Economics, Trade & Investment

European Commission Launches European Resource Efficiency Platform [viewed]

5 June 2012: European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik unveiled the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), designed to facilitate achievement of the vision outlined in the European Commission's Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe, which aims to decouple resource use and economic growth. The EREP is organized around three elements: greening the economy; setting objectives and measuring progress; and framework conditions for investment in resource efficiency.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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African Economic Communities Create Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programme [viewed]

5 June 2012: Three regional economic communities (RECs), namely the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), have partnered to establish the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programme, with the support of the Global Mechanism and other development partners.

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ITU Symposium Adopts Declaration on ICTs for Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 June 2012: The 7th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a Declaration calling on world leaders and other stakeholders attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) to reach agreement on how to use ICTs to achieve the global green agenda.

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UNESCO, UNEP and UNIDO Launch Online Energy Efficiency Campaign [viewed]

5 June 2012: Energy Globe has launched a global online campaign on energy efficiency and best practices, with support from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

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World Bank's Environmental Strategy Aims at Green, Clean and Resilient Development [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2012: The World Bank has released its new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 with the aim of supporting countries' efforts to secure a sustainable future through initiatives that are green, clean and resilient.

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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AFD, IFAD to Develop Agricultural Index Insurance in West Africa [viewed]

4 June 2012: The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have partnered to develop agricultural index insurance in West Africa, as a means to protect smallholder incomes, improve rural livelihoods and contribute to food security in the region.

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Sweden, US Launch Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Campaign [viewed]

3 June 2012: Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HRH Swedish Crown Princess Victoria launched an awareness raising campaign under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). The campaign consists of a contest to come up with creative ideas to inform the public about SLCPs and means of addressing the issue.

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FAO Advisory Committee Calls for Enhanced Role for Forest-based Industries [viewed]

FAO24 May 2012: The Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomed the proposed new FAO strategic objectives in which forestry and forest-based products play a key role.

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