Economics, Trade & Investment

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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World Bank Umbrella Carbon Facility to Buy Post-2012 Carbon Credits [viewed]

12 January 2011: The World Bank has announced that Tranche 2 of its Umbrella Carbon Facility (UCF) is now operational with initial funding of €68 million. This Tranche provides the opportunity for existing carbon projects to continue selling their carbon credits well beyond 2012.

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ADB Publishes Climate Change Programs Report [viewed]

December 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report featuring its efforts to promote integrated solutions to address climate change threats in Asia and the Pacific.

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UNEP FI Releases Study on Climate Information and Forecasts for Economic Sectors [viewed]

January 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report titled “Advancing adaptation through climate information services: Results of a global survey on the information requirements of the financial sector.”

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