Economics, Trade & Investment

UNFCCC Launches Fast-Start Finance Online Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC18 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a new online portal to enable governments, institutions and interested persons to access information on fast-start finance for responding to climate change. The portal aims to make more visible and transparent the financial support provided by developed countries to developing countries to help them reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change.

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IISD's Trade, Investment and Climate Change Program Organizes Conference at WTO HQ [viewed]

November 2011: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's (IISD) Trade, Investment and Climate Change Program has posted video presentations and background documents from an event it organized at World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters.

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UNFCCC Publishes Transitional Committee Report for Green Climate Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC18 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/CP/2011/6) of the Transitional Committee (TC) for the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which contains draft recommendations of the TC to the Conference of the Parties at its 17th session, including a draft governing instrument for the GCF.

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World Bank Finances New Solar Power Plant in Morocco [viewed]

World Bank Finances New Solar Power Plant in Morocco 17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved US$297 million in loans to Morocco to help finance the Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant Project, a 500 megawatt (MW) solar complex that will be among the largest in the world.

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IDB Supports Wind Generation Expansion in Latin America [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$150 million loan to expand wind energy generation in Latin America. The loan will support the construction of four wind farms, three in Brazil and one in Uruguay, expected to add 546 megawatts of wind energy capacity to the region by 2014. 

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IDB Finances Energy Efficiency Efforts in Jamaica [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan for Jamaica to design and implement investment measures in energy efficiency in the public sector.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on CDM Benefits [viewed]

Benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism 201114 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report outlining the multiple benefits provided by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), including the promotion of flows of finance, and technology and knowledge transfer to host countries.

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Event: 19th Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council [viewed]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 19th Regular Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council. The Council will examine project and issues in three thematic clusters: healthy communities and ecosystems; climate change – low-carbon economy; and greening the economy in North America. The Council will also examine implementation of its new initiative to increase engagement with stakeholders and the public, the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). Every year the Council, composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the US, meet to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing environmental cooperation in North America, and provide guidance to the CEC. The CEC is an intergovernmental organization established to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the environmental side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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