Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF Organizes Photo Contest [viewed]

© GEFMay 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is organizing a photographic contest that seeks to create awareness of different ways to protect the planet.

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UNEP, EPO and ICTSD to Examine Role of Patents in Development of ESTs [viewed]

© EPO27 April 2009: The European Patent Office (EPO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) have announced that they will undertake a joint project to examine the role of patents in the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), in particular in the field of energy generation.

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ECOSOC, Bretton Woods Institutions, UNCTAD and WTO Discuss Green New Deal [viewed]

© UN27 April 2009: The annual High-Level Meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) addressed the global economic crisis and perspectives for UN responses.

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G8 Environment Ministers Forward Conclusions to G8 Summit [viewed]

© G8 Summit 200924 April 2009: In the framework of the G8 Italian Presidency, the G8 Environment Ministerial Meeting convened on 22-24 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy. The meeting was attended by the G8 Environment Ministers and the European Commission, as well as Environment Ministers and senior officials from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Union (EU), Sweden as the next President of the EU, and Denmark as host of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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Ministerial Segment at UNESCAP Commission: Inclusive, Long-Term Policies Needed for Triple Crises [viewed]

© UNESCAP27 April 2009: According to the ministerial segment of the 65th UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in order for the Asia and Pacific region to recover from the current economic crisis, food-fuel volatility, climate change, and region-wide development policies that are inclusive, create social protection and have long-term sustainability must be embraced, The Commission is convening from 23-29 April 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting Highlights Role of Low Carbon Investments in Crisis Recovery [viewed]

© IMF27 April 2009: The Joint World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Development Committee met on 26 April in Washington, DC, US, and highlighted that “hard earned progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is now in jeopardy.”

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World Bank Releases World Development Indicators 2009 [viewed]

© World Bank22 April 2009: The World Bank's World Development Indicators 2009, released during the Bretton Woods Institutions Spring Meetings, includes an environment section that reviews evidence on energy use, climate change and the prospects for cleaner energy.

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World Bank Civil Society Forum to Address CSO Approaches to Reducing Vulnerability [viewed]

© World BankApril 2009: The World Bank Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the Civil Society Team are organizing a session within the Civil Society Forum on the challenges ahead to reduce the magnitude of climate change as well as its impact, with the discussion based on findings from the draft World Development Report on climate change.

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World Bank Civil Society Forum and Climate Investment Fund Meetings to Convene [viewed]

© World BankApril 2009: The World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will hold a civil society self-selection process for observer seats on two CIF committees (Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund) and one sub-committee (Pilot Program for Climate Resilience). The NGO RESOLVE will lead the selection process on 24 April, on the occasion of the Civil Society Policy Forum to be held in Washington DC, US, from 23-26 April 2009.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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