Economics, Trade & Investment

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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WTO Public Forum Addresses Conflicts and Coherence between Climate-Change Policies and Trade Rules [viewed]

1 October 2009: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum featured a panel on climate change policies and trade rules that looked into whether the interpretation of WTO agreements ensures sufficient policy space to adopt effective climate-change measures.

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UN Secretary-General Warns Collective Action on Climate Change Necessary to Avoid Catastrophe [viewed]

© UN1 October 2009: Speaking at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “if ever there were a time to act in a spirit of renewed multilateralism ... it is now.”

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World Bank Estimates Costs of Adaptation [viewed]

© The World Bank30 September 2009: The World Bank has presented the results of an Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (EACC) study, which estimates costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010-2050, considering a 2°C warmer world.

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GEF, UNEP and Partners Launch Renewable Energy Project Insurance Scheme [viewed]

© UNEP-GEF-CarbonRe24 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are supporting an innovative mechanism for insuring renewable energy projects in developing countries. The global renewable energy insurance facility, which was launched by Munich, RSA Insurance Group (RSA) and CarbonRe, will be operated via an internet website and will offer standard and customized insurance solutions for renewable energy projects in developing countries.

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UNEP Publishes Global Green New Deal Update [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: A Global Green New Deal update by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), launched on the eve of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, US, shows that the economies of China and the Republic of Korea are emerging as global leaders in their commitments to invest significant parts of their stimulus packages in environmental projects.

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UN Summit on Climate Change Discusses Measures to Help the Most Vulnerable and Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets US President Barack Obama as he arrives for the Climate Change Summit - © UN22 September 2009: The UN Summit on Climate Change convened in New York, US, on 22 September 2009, bringing together approximately 100 Heads of State and government. At the close of the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for a new climate agreement are on the “right track,” but also warned that momentum must be maintained to ensure success in Copenhagen.

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