Economics, Trade & Investment

Ahead of MDG Summit, UN Secretary-General Calls for Increased Cooperation [viewed]

16 September 2010: As world leaders prepare for the MDG Summit, which will be held from 20-22 September, at UN Headquarters in New York, to boost progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a press conference to discuss the findings of the report titled "The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture." 

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Event: First All-Africa Energy Week [viewed]

The First All Africa Energy Week (AAEW) is organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), under the theme: “Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges.” The overall objectives of the AAEW are to achieve more efficient, coherent and coordinated actions towards increasing energy access and developing the energy sector in Africa; and to accelerate progress through dialogue and partnerships in scaling up investments in the African energy sector. The All-Africa Energy Week will be organised jointly with the Pan African Investment Forum and the AU Conference of African Energy Ministers.  

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Event: GSI-UNEP Conference on Increasing the Momentum of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are holding a two-day conference, titled "Increasing the Momentum of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Developments and Opportunities," to bring together country delegates and experts from international organizations, NGOs, universities and the industrial sector. The event will feature representatives from international organizations such as the OECD, UNEP, World Bank, WTO and OPEC, as well as international fora such as G-20, APEC and the Friends group of countries that support reforming fossil-fuel subsidies, who will share and review their perspectives and activities. It will discuss not only the scale and impacts of consumer and producer subsidies, but especially focus on international developments, reform strategies and opportunities for enhanced international cooperation.  

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WTO Public Forum 2010 Opens [viewed]

15 September 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2010 is taking place from 15-17 September 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, around the theme "The Shaping Forces."

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UNEP FI Co-Organizes Meeting on "The Financial Sector Towards COP 16" [viewed]

9 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened, in partnership with the Mexican Banking Association, a meeting on "The Financial Sector Towards COP 16" on 9 September in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Event: Third Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), three intersessional meetings will be convened, in addition to three PrepComs, to prepare for the June 2012 UNCSD event. Intersessional III is scheduled for 26-27 March 2012.  

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Event: Third PrepCom for UNCSD [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20) to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before the UNCSD (PrepCom III). On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

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EIB Supports Waste-to-Energy Project in Finland [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is financing a project in Lahti, Finland, that will convert municipal waste into heat and power through the large-scale use of a novel method involving waste gasification, gas cleaning and high-efficiency combustion.

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ADB Outlines Climate Change Priorities in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

September 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued a paper titled "Focused Action: Priorities for Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific," which outlines ADB's priority areas for investments and action on climate change.

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World Bank Appoints Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Leader [viewed]

9 September 2010: The World Bank announced the appointment of Daniel M. Kammen as the organization's Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, a new position created to provide strategic leadership on this topic within the Bank.

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