Economics, Trade & Investment

CEM Reports Highlight Evaluation Methods for Green Public Procurement and Commercial Refrigeration [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial23 August 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative has published two reports making recommendations on evaluating green public procurement programmes and methods for testing efficiency of commercial refrigeration products.

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Latin American Dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network Focuses on Waste and Clean Energy [viewed]

ccap23 August 2013: The Fifth Latin American Regional Dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN), sponsored by the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, focused specifically on the waste and clean energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency) sectors.

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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Releases Note on World Bank, UNFCCC REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

worldbank-fcpf28 August 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Facility Management Team (FMT) has released a summary note on the World Bank Safeguards Policies and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) REDD+ Principles. The note includes a table listing the seven principles of the UNFCCC safeguards for REDD+, and a non-exclusive list of the corresponding World Bank social and environmental safeguards policies.

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GWP Policy Brief Addresses Integrated Urban Water Management [viewed]

GWP Global logotype30 August 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released a policy brief, titled 'Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM): Toward Diversification and Sustainability.' The brief defines IUWN and explains the importance of implementing IURM in rapidly-growing towns and cities in order to meet demand and assure adequate supplies across sectors.

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World Bank Releases 'Thirsty Energy' Publications [viewed]

World Bank29 August 2013: The World Bank has released a series of publications on the importance of tackling the growing interlinkages between energy and water, as part of an initiative titled "Thirsty Energy." The brief, working paper, and initiative summary suggest that the already critical dependence of energy and water is likely to become even more acute considering growing demands of emerging economies and 'graduating' countries.

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UNEP Publishes Reports on Low Carbon Transport and City Planning in India [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2013: Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on 'Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.'

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WCO Report Reviews Compliance under Trade-Related MEAs [viewed]

wco28 June 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) released its annual Illicit Trade Report, which for the first time presents information across five thematic areas in one publication and recognizes the linkages among illicit trade in different commodities. Among its six chapters, the Report features an Environment Section that reviews compliance with the main multi-lateral environment agreements (MEAs) with international trade-related provisions.

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World Bank Report Identifies Ways to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 September 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Integration of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in World Bank Activities,' which highlights that the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), including black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), brings immediate benefits for health, agriculture and climate change mitigation.

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DRC REDD+ Knowledge Sharing Benefits COMIFAC Countries [viewed]

COMIFACSeptember 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) released a report on progress in the implementation of the project ‘Sharing of experience among COMIFAC Countries on REDD+: Pilot Projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'.

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G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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