Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Launches Report on Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

World Bank29 October 2009: The World Bank office in Russia hosted the virtual launch of a report on Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia. The report highlights that, contrary to popular perception, the region faces a substantial threat from climate change, with a number of the most serious risks already in evidence.

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Climate Investment Funds to Channel US$1.1 Billion for Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

afdb5 November 2009: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will invest US$1.1 billion to integrate climate risk and resilience into development planning, achieve renewable energy goals, and pursue low carbon growth in Africa.

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ADB Organizes Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest [viewed]

Logo-adb4 November 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a new video competition on the theme “My View: The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest.”

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G-20 Recognizes Need for Increased Climate Financing [viewed]

g20logo7 November 2009: The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in St. Andrews, UK, on 6-7 November 2009, to discuss climate financing, among other issues.

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Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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World Bank Study Finds Energy Intensity Reduction Contributes Most to Mitigation [viewed]

World Bank4 November 2009: The World Bank has released a study on 100 countries' energy use, authored by Masami Kojima and Robert Bacon, which shows that growth of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and in population contributes the most to the net increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and that reducing energy intensity contributes the most to their net decrease.

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WTO Director General at Carleton University: “Climate First, and Trade Second” [viewed]

Wto2 November 2009: In a speech delivered on 2 November 2009, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, stated that the climate crisis is “urgent, and is a top priority on the international agenda.”

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UN-Backed Project Aims to Reduce Coastal Erosion in West Africa [viewed]

coastal-erosion-in-west-africa30 October 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will execute a UN-backed project aimed at reversing coastal erosion in five West African countries.

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World Bank Publishes Note on Reduced Emissions and Enhanced Adaptation in Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

World BankOctober 2009: The World Bank has published a note emphasizing the role of good agricultural practices and integrated natural resource management in addressing both mitigation and adaptation to climate change in production landscapes.

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UN Secretary-General Cautiously Optimistic about Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon28 October 2009: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, although much work remains to be done, he is optimistic that world leaders will reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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