Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Holds Energy Week [viewed]

© World Bank3 April 2009: The World Bank's “Energy Week 2009,” which convened from 31 March-2 April 2009, in Washington DC, US, focused on the theme “Energy, Development, and Climate Change.” During the week, energy and development policy-makers and practitioners analyzed several issues, including energy innovations for clean transport; securing a climate sensitive energy supply; integrating wind energy development; and scaling up energy efficiency for climate change mitigation.

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UN-DESA Policy Brief Identifies Elements for a Global Green New Deal [viewed]

March 2009: The Director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Tariq Banuri, has co-authored a UN-DESA Policy Brief titled “A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development.”

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UNECE's 63rd Session Calls for a New Paradigm of Sustainable Growth [viewed]

© UNECE2 April 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held its 63rd session from 30 March-1 April 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, during which participants discussed the effects of the economic crisis and the role the UNECE can play in increasing trade facilitation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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World Bank's IFC Provides First Guarantee for Sustainable Finance and Energy-Efficient Trade Deals [viewed]

© IFC11 March 2009: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, will provide Pakistan's Allied Bank with guarantees for sustainable finance and energy-efficient trade deals.

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World Bank Presents Country Studies on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

© World BankMarch 2009: The World Bank has published country notes for Latin America and the Caribbean on climate change and agriculture.

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UNEP Executive Director, Business Leaders Urge G20 to Signal Support for Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

1 April 2009: To mark the G20 Summit opening on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, Samuel DiPiazza, Chair of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the need for low carbon growth in an open editorial to the Jakarta Post.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to World Bank Energy Week: Copenhagen Can Move the World Towards a Sustainable Future [viewed]

31 March 2009: Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed the opening plenary of the World Bank Group's Energy Week by video link and welcomed the meeting's theme, “Energy, Development and Climate Change,” noting the importance of addressing developing countries' energy concerns.

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GEF STAP Considers REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 31 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) strategic programming on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), forest conservation and sustainable forest management (SFM).

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IDB Board of Governors Adopts Green Growth Initiatives [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) adopted a set of initiatives to promote green growth at its 50th Annual Meeting held in Medellín, Colombia, from 29-30 March 2009. Finance ministers and central bank presidents from IDB's 48 member countries discussed the current financial crisis and addressed the IDB's reform, calling for a capital increase that contemplates a strategy to make effective use of additional resources to support social safety net programmes, poverty and inequality reduction, infrastructure investment and measures related to climate change.

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UNCTAD Releases Report from Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

March 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the report of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation, which was organized around the theme “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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