Economics, Trade & Investment

CIFAL Jeju Holds Workshop on Low-Carbon Cities in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

4 May 2012: CIFAL Jeju convened a workshop on green growth and low-carbon cities in the Asia-Pacific region, during which participants shared common challenges and good practices in implementing green growth policies.

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UN Independent Experts Call for a Global Financial Transaction Tax [viewed]

14 May 2012: A group of UN independent experts has called on the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations (G8) and EU countries to support a proposal for a global financial transaction tax (FTT). Such a tax would be applied to mitigate the costs of the economic, financial, fuel, climate and food crises, and to protect basic human rights.

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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REEEP South East Asia and Pacific Newsletter Highlights Renewable Energy Projects, Workshops and Publications [viewed]

8 May 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has published the May issue of its South East Asia and Pacific Newsletter, with news on REEEP's participation in global clean energy initiatives, project and policy developments, new publications, and upcoming events in the region. 

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ESMAP's Annual Report Highlights Progress on Energy Poverty and Realignment of Focus Areas [viewed]

April 2012: The annual report of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank indicates that, in 2011, the Program built on lessons learned by realigning focus areas and strengthening operational functions.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Loss and Damage [viewed]

10 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper titled "Current knowledge on relevant methodologies and data requirements as well as lessons learned and gaps identified at different levels, in assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change" (FCCC/TP/2012/1).

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World Bank Reports on Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Project [viewed]

World Bank8 May 2012: The World Bank has presented the results of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), a programme designed to promote rapid access to emergency financing in cases of severe weather-based disasters in the Caribbean.

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IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Publishes Report on Solar Heat Worldwide [viewed]

8 May 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC), in partnership with the AEE–Institute for Sustainable Technologies, has published “Solar Heat Worldwide: Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2010.”

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UN-HABITAT Report on the State of Arab Cities Focuses on Urban Transition [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released the 2012 edition of its regional report the State of Arab Cities on the theme “Challenges of Urban Transition.” The report notes that, although urban slums are decreasing and urban innovations are being introduced, the region still faces major challenges, including high youth unemployment rates and climate change.

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