Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2010 Focuses on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

22 July 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its World Investment Report 2010, with a focus on "Investing in a Low Carbon Economy."

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World Bank, GEF Support Eco-City Project in China [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$6.16 Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to support the Sino-Singapore Eco-City Project (SSTECP) in Tianjin, China, an area of 34.2 square kilometers that is designed to become a model of energy and resource efficiency while maintaining economic viability and social harmony.

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World Bank President Visits Mexico, Signs Green Loans [viewed]

22 July 2010: World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick visited Mexico to sign two recently-approved ‘green loans' worth US$800 million and announce new Mexican participation in the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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GEF Publishes Brief on Financing for Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+ [viewed]

July 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a brief describing its investment programme for sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks ( REDD+), as well as opportunities for funding of forest-related activities in the fifth GEF cycle (GEF-5).

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Smallholder Farmer Participation in Carbon Markets [viewed]

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a discussion paper on the potential for smallholder farmers to participate in carbon markets.

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Event: Climate Investment Funds Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting to approve new projects under this financing framework. The CIF are a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.  

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Event: High-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group [viewed]

The UN Secretary-General's High-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group will focus on the potential of new public-private partnerships and other ways to support global goals on energy access and energy efficiency.  

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UNECE Project Explores Algae Biomass Production [viewed]

14 July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is providing assistance in identifying opportunities to introduce algae biomass production in the Russian Federation through a project on the development of sustainable biomass trade and export opportunities.

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Brazil-EU Summit Addresses Sustainable Development and Bioenergy [viewed]

14 July 2010: The fourth Brazil-EU Summit was held in Brasília, Brazil, on 14 July 2010, and attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The resulting joint statement contains a section titled “Sustainable development, climate change, energy and biodiversity.”

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Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Holds Second Meeting [viewed]

13 July 2010: The High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, co-chaired by Prime Ministers Meles Zenawi (Ethiopia) and Jens Stoltenberg (Norway), held its second meeting on 12-13 July 2010, in New York, US.

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