Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Government of Canada, aims to raise awareness of the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in climate change mitigation and adaptation, thereby advancing the “green ICT” agenda. Among other things, it will provide an avenue to explore how advanced technologies can improve the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector itself. The symposium is part of ITU's activities in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), highlighting the importance of ICTs as enablers of environmentally-sustainable economic development.  

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CIFOR Introduces Model to Build Scenarios on Biofuel Investment [viewed]

FAOApril 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper that presents a model to simulate the decisions of domestic and international biofuel investors.

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International Conference on Wetland Forests Focuses on the Green Economy [viewed]

23 March 2012: The International Conference on Wetland Forests, which was co-hosted by Wetlands International and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam through the Forestry Department, considered the theme "forests biodiversity – towards green economy." The event aimed to promote sustainable management of Brunei's peat forests and mangrove forests.

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World Bank Publishes Brief on Climate-Proofing Development Programmes [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has published a six-page brief detailing the Bank's contribution to achieving synergies between development finance and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IEA, EMBARQ Launch Global Database of Bus Rapid Transit Systems [viewed]

2 April 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with EMBARQ, a division of the World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Database, a database of bus transport systems from over 130 cities worldwide.

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GEF Funds Energy Reforms and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development in Cape Verde [viewed]

GEF20 March 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.7 million grant to promote renewable energy systems in Cape Verde over the next 3 years.

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

UNIDOMarch 2012: The the ninth issue of the quarterly magazine of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), titled “Making It: Industry for Development,” focuses on the theme “Our low-carbon future.”

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