Economics, Trade & Investment

UN Secretary-General Discusses Next Steps in Remarks to UNGA on the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference [viewed]

ban copenhagen21 December 2009: In his briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the outcome of the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified a number of tasks that the international community should now undertake.

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Eleven European Countries Ratify Tropical Timber Agreement [viewed]

22dic_09_0218 December 2009: The Governments of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain took part in a ceremony on 18 December 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to indicate their support for the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006).

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UNDESA Technical Note: A Global Green New Deal for Climate, Energy, and Development [viewed]

21dic_09_08December 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), has prepared a technical note titled "A Global Green New Deal for Climate, Energy, and Development."

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UNGA Approves Sustainable Development Resolutions, Establishes Preparatory Process for Rio+20 [viewed]

December 2009: Following approval by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA approved a series of draft resolutions on sustainable development in December 2009, including on climate change, harmony with Mother Earth, Mauritius Strategy, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), agricultural commodities, and implementation of Agenda 21.

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Nominations Sought for Civil Society Observers to Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

16 December 2009: Members of non-profit civil society organizations, networks, or small, local communities involved in issues of climate change have been invited to vote for candidates to civil society observer seats on two sub-committees of the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Strategic Climate Fund (SCF): the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP).

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Climate Investment Funds to Allocate US$800 Million for Asia [viewed]

18dic_09_0616 December 2009: Countries governing the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have endorsed the use of a total of US$800 million from the CIF Clean Technology Fund (CTF) for a range of climate activities in the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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IDB Finances Expansion of Wind Power in Mexico and Biofuels in Peru [viewed]

Idb15 December 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$102 million loan in partial financing for two wind power projects totaling 318 MW in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Nominations Sought for Private Sector Observers to Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

15 December 2009: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is seeking nominations for private sector observers to two sub-programmes in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF): the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) Funds.

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Climate Investment Funds Approve US$5.5 Billion for Clean Energy Technology and Launch Renewable Energy Programme [viewed]

14 December 2009: The development banks' Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have launched a new programme called "Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP)," with pledges of US$210.7 million.

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EIB and Others Launch Infrastructure Fund [viewed]

4Eib December 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European leading public financial institutions have launched "Marguerite," a pan-European equity fund that aims to act as a catalyst for infrastructure investments implementing key EU policies in the areas of climate change, energy security and trans-European networks.

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