Economics, Trade & Investment

UNESCAP and UNDP Convene Green Growth Workshop [viewed]

1 June 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the British High Commission and the Government of Malaysia, convened the Malaysian Green Growth Policy Tools Workshop for Low Carbon Development, from 18-19 May 2010, in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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Fourth GEF Assembly Reviews GEF Policies and Operations [viewed]

28 May 2010: The fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 25-26 May 2010. The Assembly was preceded by a Civil Society Forum and a GEF Council meeting, which  took place at the same venue.

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World Bank and GEF Support Agriculture Adaptation in Yemen [viewed]

27 May 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$5 million project to support efforts by the Government of Yemen to enhance capacity and awareness for government agencies to respond to climate variability and change, and to better equip local communities to cope with climate change through the conservation and use of agro-biodiversity.

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Event: UNITAR/WTI Course on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

The course, organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Trade Institute (WTI), aims to explore key legal and economic issues arising from the climate change debate, including the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that address climate change, particularly regarding the legality of domestic and international trade measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is designed for senior and middle level officials and professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding of international trade and climate change issues.  

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World Bank Releases Annual Report on State and Trends of the Carbon Market [viewed]

26 May 2010: The World Bank released its annual State and Trends of the Carbon Market report at Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany, on 26 May. The report indicates that the value of the global carbon market grew six percent, to US$144 billion, in 2009 despite being its most challenging year to date.

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Second US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Tackles Climate and Energy [viewed]

US Department of State25 May 2010: The Strategic Track under the framework of the Second Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue addressed, inter alia, energy security and climate change, and produced 26 specific outcomes.

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice Releases e-Bulletin [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank Institute (WBI) Climate Change practice has released the May 2010 edition of its quarterly e-bulletin. The issue features upcoming and recent events and news from four programmes: Cities and Climate Change; Innovation in Carbon Finance; Leadership and Coalition Building for Climate Change; and Climate Adaptation for Water, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

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UNESCAP 66th Commission Session Adopts Incheon Declaration [viewed]

19 May 2010: The 66th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) convened from 13-19 May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Representatives from 53 countries of the region and nine associate States discussed regional development policies, including green growth, and adopted the Incheon Declaration.

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GEF Launches Climate Change Evaluation Website [viewed]

20 May 2010: The Global Environment Facility Evaluation Office (GEFEO), in collaboration with the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Switzerland Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), has launched a new website dedicated to the evaluation of climate change and international development projects and programmes.

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Fifth GEF Replenishment Negotiations Conclude [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) finalized its Fifth Replenishment negotiations, with over 30 countries pledging US$4.25 billion to fund projects with global environmental benefits during the next four years.

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