Economics, Trade & Investment

African Finance Ministers Discuss Climate Change and Development [viewed]

30 March 2010: The 2010 Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Development, took place on 29-30 March 2010, in Lilogwe, Malawi. The meetings were preceded by the Committee of Experts meeting, which took place from 25-28 March 2010.

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WTO Stocktaking Week Reviews EGS Negotiations [viewed]

26 March 2010: The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Negotiations Committee meeting took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. This stocktaking week on the status of the Doha negotiations evaluated progress in negotiations on environmental goods and services (EGS).

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IEA Publishes Report on Costs of Electricity Generation [viewed]

25 March 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) have released the seventh edition of the Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. The report presents the relative costs of generating electricity from various fuels and technologies in 21 countries, concluding that no one technology “triumphs overall” and that specific national circumstances affect choices of generation methods.

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Event: Fifth GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last meeting of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) will seek to reach a final agreement on the size of the next GEF Trust Fund replenishment (2010-2014), and criteria to allocate funding.  

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Workshop on Challenges for Timber Markets Discusses Trade Measures [viewed]

24 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a workshop titled “Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets” on 23 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ECOSOC Holds Special High-Level Meeting [viewed]

19 March 2010: A Special high-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), took place on 18-19 March 2010, in New York, US, under the theme “Building on Monterrey and Doha: towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.” During the meeting, participants highlighted climate change as a pressing challenge for international financial institutions.

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CIF Meetings Conclude [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held several back-to-back meetings from 15-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where plans were unveiled to mobilize some US$40 billion for country-led low carbon growth.

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OECD Publishes Report on Microfinance for Adaptation [viewed]

12 February 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper on "Assessing the Role of Microfinance in Fostering Adaptation to Climate Change," which focuses on delivery mechanisms to channel adaptation resources towards the poor, who are also often the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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Indonesia Receives CTF Funding [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), which  met on 15 March 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, endorsed US$400 million in funding for Indonesia's geothermal power sector to meet the Government's goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% by 2020.

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GEF Replenishment Negotiations Continue [viewed]

14 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened a meeting to discuss the fifth replenishment of its Trust Fund, during which participants considered replenishment options between US$3.6-4.6 billion for the period 2010-2014.

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