Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB Funds CARICOM Sustainable Energy Roadmap [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has formalized a US$400,000 grant to pave the way for the preparation of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS).

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CIF Meetings Approve Funding for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) will provide US$50 million grants to the Governments of Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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WTO Trade and Environment Committees Discuss Environmental Goods, Ecolabels and Transport [viewed]

9 November 2010: Three recent meetings on trade and environment held at World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters have continued existing discussions on: the relationship between multilateral agreements and the WTO; the definition of environmental goods and ecolabels; and the challenges of controlling transport emissions from a trade perspective.

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IEA, OECD Release Paper on Investments in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

October 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released a working paper titled “Money Matters: Mitigating Risk to Spark Private Investments in Energy Efficiency.”

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Highlights Low Carbon Growth Opportunities [viewed]

11 November 2010: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a statement at the Latin America and the Caribbean-EU Forum on Fiscal Policy and an Environmentally Sustainable Economy in the Context of Climate Change, which took place in Berlin, Germany, from 10-11 November 2010.

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APEC Ministers Discuss Environmental Goods and Services, Energy Security [viewed]

11 November 2010: The 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting, held from 10-11 November 2010, in Yokohama, Japan, adopted a joint statement addressing, among other things, environmental goods and services (EGS), sustainable growth and energy security.

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Adaptation Fund Holds Signing Ceremony for First Project [viewed]

11 November 2010:  The Adaptation Fund held a signing ceremony in Washington, DC, US, of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Senegal for a project focused on protecting its coastline from sea level rise.

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European Commission Unveils Proposals to Consolidate Africa-EU Relations [viewed]

10 November 2010: Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit scheduled to take place from 29-30 November 2011 in Libya, the European Commission has published a Communication on consolidating Africa-EU relations, including on environmental sustainability, energy and climate change.

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UNECE Announces Creation of Belarus International Energy Center [viewed]

8 November 2010: According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Weekly newsletter for the period 8-12 November 2010, an International Energy Center was inaugurated in Minsk, Belarus, on 29 October 2010, to attract domestic and foreign investment in long-term projects improving the efficiency of energy production and consumption in Belarus.

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