Economics, Trade & Investment

UNECE Energy Efficiency Project to Establish Investment Fund [viewed]

9 June 2010: The 15th session of Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9 June 2010. The meeting concluded with agreement to establish a UNECE-sponsored private-public partnership investment fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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CIF Announces Business Guide to the Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

June 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported that the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Climate First have published online a "Business Guide to the Climate Investment Funds," which describes the different funding windows, as well as the role, structure and current status of the CIF.

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Event: High-Level Dialogue on Fostering Investment in Electricity Generation in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat, the e8 organization and the World Energy Council, this meeting will discuss key issues and initial direction for the project ‘Fostering investment in advanced fossil fuel technologies for climate change mitigation and sustainable development in countries with economies in transition.' Panel discussions will include key issues such as market, technological and cost developments, selected investment trends, evolving regulation and possible future trends.  

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ADB Launches Clean Air Portal for Asian Cities [viewed]

7 June 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new Clean Air Portal, which is the point of entry for data and information on air quality, climate change co-benefits, energy and transport.

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UNECE Publishes Analysis for Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency [viewed]

June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report titled "Regional Analysis for Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments."

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Event: Seminar on the Vulnerability of International Trade to the Carbon Footprint [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will host a seminar to examine the possible impacts on Latin American and Caribbean trade of efforts to assess the “carbon footprint” of goods and services.  

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UNCTAD and FAO Support Workshop on Organic Agriculture [viewed]

4 June 2010: The Workshop on Harmonization and Equivalence on Organic Agriculture in Asia was held under the auspices of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) project, which aims to promote global access to organic products.

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UNEP Assists China on Ozone Policy with Climate Benefits [viewed]

1 June 2010: The Government of China, with policy advice received from the UN Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE), has enacted regulations that include controls over consumption, trade, import, export and production of remaining Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

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World Bank Responds to Civil Society on Financing Fossil Fuels and Adaptation [viewed]

27 May 2010: Kseniya Lvovsky, the World Bank's Climate Change Team Manager, responded online to questions by civil society on the World Bank's strategy for climate change, including on the Bank's approach to fossil fuel financing and the availability of funds for adaptation.

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World Bank Finances Green Energy in Kenya [viewed]

27 May 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$330 million loan for Kenya to expand electricity access and expand geothermal power generation as part of its green energy development strategy.

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