Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Funds Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Rwanda [viewed]

© World Bank15 October 2009: The World Bank has approved an International Development Agency (IDA) grant for US$4.5 million equivalent, to improve the policy and institutional framework of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors and to increase private sector participation in the renewable energy sector in Rwanda.

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GEF SGP Funds Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© GEF13 October 2009: The Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) scheme, an initiative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) funded by the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), provides technical support to communities who want to understand what climate change is and how they could potentially deal with it.

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IDB Funds Second-Generation Biofuels in Chile [viewed]

© IDB6 October 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund a feasibility study in Chile to explore sustainable biodiesel derived from forest industry byproducts and wood waste, which do not compete with food production.

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UNWTO Assembly Endorses Roadmap for Recovery [viewed]

© UNWTO8 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009.

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ILO Project Addresses Impact of Changing Weather Patterns on the Local Economy [viewed]

© ILO6 October 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has a launched a new project to reduce the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy.

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G-20 SUMMIT MAKES LITTLE PROGRESS ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES [viewed]

The G-20 Summit hosted by US President Obama convened from 24-25 September 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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UNWTO Assembly Discusses Tourism's Post-Economic Crisis Recovery and Response to Climate Change [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly is convening in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009. The session aims to determine how the tourism industry can surmount the decline brought on by the economic crisis while responding to the twin challenges of climate change and poverty alleviation.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Green Energy at Opening of Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

© Distinguished guests join Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the Inaugural Plenary Session of the Global Renewable Energy Forum in Leon, Guanajauto, Mexico, including: Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy, Mexico; Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Governor, State of Guanajauto; Rajendrah K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO, TERI, India; and Hélène Pelosse, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).7 October 2009: In a message delivered to the 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with the Government of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies.

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Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Stresses Links between Investment, Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN5 October 2009: Addressing the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored the global economic crisis and climate change as key threats to development, peace, security and human rights.

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UN Secretary-General Hopeful Ahead of Final Leg of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN3 October 2009: Speaking at Copenhagen University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “tackling climate change can set us on the road to peace and prosperity for all.”

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