Economics, Trade & Investment

Private Sector Representatives Sought for World Bank Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

1 July 2009: The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is currently seeking applications by business associations to attend meetings of two Climate Investment Fund committees – the Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund – and one subcommittee - the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Projects in India and Tunisia [viewed]

© World Bank 30 June 2009: The World Bank has approved two energy efficiency projects: one in India to replace centrifugal chillers; and one in Tunisia to develop a market for energy efficiency products.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank's Environment Department has published a report titled “Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change,” which sets out an argument for including ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change.

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World Bank Online Chat on Carbon Finance [viewed]

© World Bank July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, will respond to comments online on 14 July 2009, 10:00 AM EDT, on the findings published in the State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report 2009.

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UNGA Continues Debate at UN Conference on World Financial Crisis, Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UN29 June 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York, US, to continue the plenary debate of its Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, which began on 24 June, and sought to identify emergency and long-term responses to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

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GEF Approves US$61.1 Million Work Programme for Climate Change [viewed]

26 June 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which met from 22-24 June 2009, in Washington DC, US, approved a work programme including 20 projects within the climate change focal area, mostly related to energy efficiency, assigning US$61.1 million in GEF grants in 23 countries.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Programme in Benin [viewed]

© World Bank26 June 2009: The World Bank approved a programme that will help reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy use in Benin.

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World Bank Seeks Comments on its Work on Climate Change [viewed]

© World Bank June 2009: The World Bank is seeking comments on the implementation of its Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change.

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WTO and UNEP Publish Report on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNEP26 June 2009: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a report on trade and climate change, which reviews how trade and climate change policies interact and how they can be mutually supportive.

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GEF Council Adopts MoU to Provide Secretariat Services to the Adaptation Fund [viewed]

© GEF26 June 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council met from 22-24 June 2009, in Washington DC, US, and concluded with the adoption of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Conference of the Parties acting as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP) to the Kyoto Protocol to provide secretariat services to the Adaptation Fund Board.

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