Economics, Trade & Investment

UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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European Commission Adopts Proposal on Global Health [viewed]

31 March 2010: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, is holding bilateral talks on climate change with developed and developing countries, to follow up on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Hedegaard visited the US and Mexico in early March 2010, met with the Chinese delegation in late March in Brussels, Belgium, and will visit Maldives and India in early April.

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Event: UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination [viewed]

This meeting will convene at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, to discuss issues relating to climate change, the September Summit on progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global governance and the global economic and financial crisis. The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the Heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the IAEA and the WTO) under the chairmanship of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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African Finance Ministers Discuss Climate Change and Development [viewed]

30 March 2010: The 2010 Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Development, took place on 29-30 March 2010, in Lilogwe, Malawi. The meetings were preceded by the Committee of Experts meeting, which took place from 25-28 March 2010.

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WTO Stocktaking Week Reviews EGS Negotiations [viewed]

26 March 2010: The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Negotiations Committee meeting took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. This stocktaking week on the status of the Doha negotiations evaluated progress in negotiations on environmental goods and services (EGS).

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IEA Publishes Report on Costs of Electricity Generation [viewed]

25 March 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) have released the seventh edition of the Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. The report presents the relative costs of generating electricity from various fuels and technologies in 21 countries, concluding that no one technology “triumphs overall” and that specific national circumstances affect choices of generation methods.

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Event: Fifth GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last meeting of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) will seek to reach a final agreement on the size of the next GEF Trust Fund replenishment (2010-2014), and criteria to allocate funding.  

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Workshop on Challenges for Timber Markets Discusses Trade Measures [viewed]

24 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a workshop titled “Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets” on 23 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ECOSOC Holds Special High-Level Meeting [viewed]

19 March 2010: A Special high-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), took place on 18-19 March 2010, in New York, US, under the theme “Building on Monterrey and Doha: towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.” During the meeting, participants highlighted climate change as a pressing challenge for international financial institutions.

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CIF Meetings Conclude [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held several back-to-back meetings from 15-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where plans were unveiled to mobilize some US$40 billion for country-led low carbon growth.

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