Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB Supports Private Bank's Green Portfolio [viewed]

3 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$30 million loan to Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires to create an innovative sustainable facility to scale up private sector financing for projects in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and agriculture, among others.

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World Bank Launches Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change Synthesis Report [viewed]

3 August 2010: The World Bank has released the Synthesis Report of the study titled "The Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change," which estimates the costs of adaptation between US$70-100 billion per year between now and 2050.

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UNCSD 2012 Website Launched [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Division for Sustainable Developement (DSD) has launched a new website for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2012 (also referred to as "Rio+20").

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IDB Funds Geothermal Expansion in Nicaragua [viewed]

2 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund the expansion of geothermal power generation capacity in Nicaragua with a US$40 million loan to the company Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A.

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Event: 11th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board will take place on 16-17 September 2010. Back-to-back with the Board's meeting, the Project and Programme Review Committee and the Ethics and Finance Committee will hold closed meetings on 15 September 2010. The meetings will take place at the Langer Eugen UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.  

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ITTO Annual Report Highlights Climate Activities [viewed]

July 2010: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2009, outlining policy work,  ITTO-sponsored meetings and financing of activities in 2009.

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World Bank Funded Project Registers First CDM Program of Activities in Africa [viewed]

26 July 2010: The World Bank has supported the launch of a Municipal Waste Compost Program in Uganda, the first African country to successfully register a Program of Activities (POA) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Event: Joint UNECE-UNCTAD Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on International Transport Networks [viewed]

This workshop will seek to provide a platform for discussions, and set the pace for future work, on how best to bridge the knowledge gaps related to our understanding of climate change impacts on transport networks, with a view to identifying adequate adaptation responses.  

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EU and China Address Climate and Trade [viewed]

26 July 2010: In the framework of the EU-China Civil Society Round Table, a seminar on trade and development was held in Shanghai, China, from 22-24 July 2010, to address trade and development, trade and climate change, and investment and cooperation.

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SPREP Launches Regional Climate Financing Study [viewed]

23 July 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched a regional study on climate change financing with a view to establishing a regional climate change fund or similar mechanism to help Pacific island countries improve access to, and management of, financial resources committed globally to combat climate change.

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