Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCCD and GEF Secretariats Discuss GEF-5 Policies and Programmes [viewed]

January 2010: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), co-hosted a staff retreat between their respective Secretariats, on 4 January 2011.

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World Future Energy Summit 2011 Discusses Business, Technology and Finance [viewed]

20 January 2011: World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011, which convened from 17-20 January 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), was organized around a high-level segment that focused on policy and strategy, and three forums on business, technology and finance. Participants considered issues such as international future energy policy, financing future energy, solar energy, green cities, sustainable buildings, wind energy, biofuels, e-mobility, energy storage, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency, smart grids, and nuclear energy. 

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on LDC IV [viewed]

An informal thematic debate on the contributions of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) will take place on 11 March 2011, and will focus on "Investment in and Financing of Productive Capacities in LDCs." UNGA President Joseph Deiss announced the event to member States' representatives at the UN in this letter: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/Endofyear231210.pdf.  

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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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UN Launches World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN launched a report titled "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011," which provides that fiscal policies, in tandem with income and structural policies, will need to be reoriented to foster job creation and green growth.

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IDB and Japan Sign MoU in Support of Clean Energy [viewed]

14 January 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency  (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support renewable energy and energy efficiency for the mitigation of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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EIB Funds Electric Vehicle Battery Research [viewed]

10 January 2011: Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Vincent Bolloré, CEO of the Bolloré Group, signed a EUR 130 million finance contract in support of research, development and innovation programmes in the field of electricity storage (batteries and electric vehicles).

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Young Future Energy Leaders [viewed]

17 January 2011: Addressing the Young Future Energy Leaders in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), during a side event for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the role of Young Energy Leaders in ensuring a sustainable future.

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World Bank President Discusses Green Growth in India [viewed]

13 January 2011: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick and India's Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh, met in Delhi, India, to discuss how to further strengthen their partnership to advance India's green-growth agenda.

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Event: Joint Session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission [viewed]

The Action Plan on the Role of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy is intended to provide policymakers with ideas for ways and means of improving and promoting the forest sector's contribution to a green economy. It could be presented to UNCSD as a practical contribution to greener economies in the ECE region.  

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