Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Second Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

The first meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom I) of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) called for three intersessional meetings to be convened ahead of the June 2012 event. Intersessional II will take place on 15-16 December 2011. The Organization of Work, preliminary programme of side events, and Guidance Note from the Bureau are available on the meeting webpage.  

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Event: First Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), the first of three intersessional meetings will be 10-11 January 2011.  

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Event: Workshop on Improving the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. It aims to increase the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in countries currently hosting fewer than ten registered CDM projects. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on recent developments on CDM modalities, identifying and overcoming barriers for the promotion of CDM projects in their countries and related technical, financial and policy issues. The workshop also offers one-on-one discussion with the ADB team of experts to discuss project structuring and options to move forward. The workshop is a first of a series targeting participation from seven countries with less than ten registered CDM projects, namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  

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Event: International Energy Efficiency Forum and Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

The Forum is organized jointly by the Government of Kazakhstan, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will combine an assessment of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policy and legislative frameworks with the analysis of international best practices in EE and RE, focusing on ways and means of financing EE and RE investments.  

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Event: V International Workshop Course: Carbon Markets "Carbon Project as a New Business Opportunity" [viewed]

This course is organized by the National Environmental Fund - FONAM PERU, with support from the Ministry of Environment of Peru, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Center. It will include presentations on: Kyoto and Voluntary Markets; Post-Copenhagen perspectives; carbon project finance; and methodological and legal issues. In addition, the event will feature a workshop and a matchmaking session between carbon firms and project developers.  

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World Bank and GEF Fund Adaptation Efforts in Kiribati [viewed]

10 August 2010: The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are supporting the Government of Kiribati in adapting to climate change through planning efforts to reduce the country's vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.

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Event: Road to Climate Friendly Chillers: Moving Beyond CFCs and HCFCs [viewed]

The main objective of this UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Conference is to enhance the practical knowledge on state-of-the-art alternative refrigerants and communicate achieved results, successes and lessons learned.  

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World Bank Releases Energy Outlook in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

August 2010: The World Bank has released a report on the energy outlook in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, warning that following the recent economic downturn, the energy demands of this region will again require strong investment in new energy sources, raising environmental and carbon footprint concerns.

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Event: 42nd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The Pacific Islands Forum is a regional political and economic policy institution comprising 14 Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand. This meeting, marking the 40th anniversary of the Forum, will be hosted by the Government of New Zealand. The schedule is as follows: Smaller Island States Leaders' Meeting, and Pacific ACP Leaders' Meeting, 6 September; Official opening of the 42nd PIF, and PIF Formal Session, 7 September; Forum Leaders' Retreat, 8 September; 23rd Post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session, 9 September. Among other issues, the meeting will consider options for climate change resourcing.  

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High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Briefs UNFCCC Parties [viewed]

5 August 2010: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) convened its third briefing to UNFCCC parties on 5 August 2010, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC talks in Bonn, Germany.

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