Economics, Trade & Investment

ADB Launches First Clean Energy Bond [viewed]

1 September 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched its first Clean Energy Bond, targeted at Japanese retail investors, to support clean energy projects in Asia and the Pacific.

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IFPRI Publishes Paper on Impacts of US and EU Biofuels Policies [viewed]

August 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a discussion paper titled “Modeling the Global Trade and Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Policies,” which provides an economic analysis model of the indirect land-use change effects related to biofuel, and in particular bio-ethanol, policies.

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OECD Publishes Working Paper on Carbon-based Border Tax Adjustments [viewed]

July 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Is there a case for carbon-based border tax adjustment? An applied general equilibrium analysis,” which addresses calls for mechanisms to reduce possible harm to domestic competitiveness from unilateral emissions reduction policies, in the absence of global regulation.

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Event: UNCTAD's Second World Investment Forum [viewed]

The World Investment Forum, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will feature high-level panels addressing several issues related to climate change policy, including how investment can foster sustainable development, and the promotion of green foreign direct investment (FDI) in light of government commitments to combat climate change.  

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Event: UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing an expert meeting to feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Brazil in 2012. The Ad Hoc Expert Meeting is being organized in close collaboration with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims to explore ways in which the green economy, through trade-led growth, could become a pro-development income-generating instrument that will directly contribute to meeting the sustainable development imperative adopted at Rio in 1992.  

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2010 [viewed]

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Public Forum 2010 is organized under the heading "The Forces Shaping World Trade." The Forum provides an opportunity for governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, businesses and students to come together to discuss issues regarding the multilateral trading system. The programme features a panel on "Beyond Border Carbon Adjustment Measures: Standards, Labelling and the Issue of Emission Allowances," and another on "Key Issues in Trade, Development and Climate Change."  

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Approaches to Address Carbon Benefit in Implementing the SFM/REDD+ Program [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF STAP) is organizing a workshop on Approaches to Address Carbon Benefit in the context of Multiple Global Environmental Benefits in Implementing the SFM/ REDD+ Program in GEF-5. The workshop will deliver a list of advisory products that will contribute to a toolkit for the implementation of GEF's SFM/REDD+ program.  

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World Bank Presents Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit [viewed]

August 2010: The World Bank has published a Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit (HEAT), in an effort to support countries in assessing their vulnerabilities and adaptation options in the energy sector.

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World Bank JI Russian Project to Eliminate Gas Flaring Approved [viewed]

12 August 2010: The World Bank's first Joint Implementation (JI) Gas Recovery Project in the Komsomolskoye Oil Field was approved by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

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World Bank Issues Statement on Adaptation Fund [viewed]

17 August 2010: In response to news articles regarding the Climate Change Adaptation Fund, the World Bank has issued a statement clarifying its functioning.

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