Economics, Trade & Investment

EBRD Invests US$5 Million in Georgian Hydropower [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced plans to invest US$5 million in the Georgia Urban Energy LLC (GUE),  a subsidy of the Turkish Anadolu Group, to complete an 85 megawatt hydropower plant in Georgia.

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WTO Public Forum Discusses Eco-Innovation, Carbon Accounting and Green Growth [viewed]

21 September 2011: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2011 highlighted the relevance of food security for the trade and development agenda, as well as the need for eco-innovation and support for green growth.

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“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNECE Releases European Forest Sector Outlook Study II [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the European Forest Sector Outlook Study II (EFSOS II) 2010-2030, which covers the 27 members of the EU, as well as Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, illustrating the consequences of today's policy choices for the future of forests.

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UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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Event: Workshop on Communicating Carbon [viewed]

The aim of this workshop, which is held by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is to bring together the project developers and their staff who interact with farmers to exchange lessons learned with each other, as well as to develop improved skills related to communication about carbon projects. The workshop will highlight best communication practices used to inform farmers about carbon markets, contracts, and risks involved in engaging with carbon projects. The workshop will also learn from communication strategies that have not been successful. The Communicating Carbon workshop aims to facilitate linking knowledge of mitigation with action that can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The objectives of the workshop are to: share experiences on communicating the concept of carbon finance to farmers; identify communication strategies that provide and do not provide free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to farmers about carbon project; develop topics and texts to be included in a policy brief on communicating carbon finance; and develop an action plan to carry forward collaboration beyond this initial gathering.  

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Climate Week NYC Event Reflects on Prospects for Durban, Rio+20 [viewed]

22 September 2011: Speakers at an event held during Climate Week NYC titled “Economics, Environment, Security: It's All About Positive Energy," which was hosted by the Government of the Maldives, the “TckTckTck” Campaign and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), discussed the prospects for the Durban Climate Change Conference and a possible outcome from Rio+20.

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ADB Releases Report on Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

ADB20 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific,” which aims to present a snapshot of ADB's support to environmentally sustainable growth in the region.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change [viewed]

20 September 2011: Speaking at the Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change on the eve of the High-level Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to show greater commitment to achieving success in global negotiations on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and strengthening adaptation measures.

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AMCEN Special Session Endorses African Common Climate Position [viewed]

19 September 2011: African Ministers for the Environment met for the Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which endorsed the African Common Position as the basis for negotiations at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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