Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD Releases Technical Reports on GHG Mitigation [viewed]

26 May 2009: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-IEA Annex I Expert Group has released two reports on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Business Community to Help “Seal the Deal” [viewed]

© Copenhagen Climate Council26 May 2009: Speaking at the World Business Summit on Climate Change, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24-26 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the over 500 participating business leaders to use their business acumen to urge government leaders to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in December 2009.

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EIB Co-financing Climate Change Mitigation in Viet Nam [viewed]

26 May 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will co-finance investments that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change through a EUR100 million loan.

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World Bank Funds Coal Alternatives in China [viewed]

© World Bank20 May 2009: The World Bank approved a loan of US$80 million to fund the utilization of coal bed methane (CBM) and coal mine methane (CMM) as substitutes to coal in China.

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UNCTAD HOLDS MEETING ON CDM CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held an expert meeting on the “Trade and Investment Opportunities and Challenges under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)” in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 April 2009. The event included presentations by academics, research institutions and country experts who explored ways to facilitate participation from developing countries and least developed countries in the CDM, and provided examples of how to overcome existing obstacles to greater CDM investment flows.

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IDB and FONTAGRO to Fund Climate Change Impact Studies [viewed]

© IDB5 May 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) have announced that they will fund three projects on adapting regional productive systems to climate change.

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GEF Small Grants Programme Launched [viewed]

© GEF5 May 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme was launched in Zambia on 24 April 2009, at one of the projects that benefited from the funding.

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ADB Names Eminent Climate Change Advisors, Releases Sustainability Report [viewed]

© ADB4 May 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has established an Advisory Group of seven eminent persons to advise the Bank on how to strengthen its programmes to meet the global challenge of climate change. The Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development will help ADB management consider ways to assist ADB's developing member countries move their economies onto low-carbon development paths and address the social impacts of climate change.

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GEF STAP Addresses GEF'S Role in REDD [viewed]

© GEFMay 2009: The Global Environment Facility's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP) met in Rome, Italy, from 28-30 April 2009, to review GEF implementation science and the emerging strategies for the fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Organizes NWP Workshop on Economic Resilience [viewed]

A group shot of the workshop participants.4 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a Technical Workshop on Increasing Economic Resilience to Climate Change and Reducing Reliance on Vulnerable Economic Sectors through Economic Diversification, which met from 28-30 April 2009, in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was convened under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP).

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