Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank's IFC Provides First Guarantee for Sustainable Finance and Energy-Efficient Trade Deals [viewed]

© IFC11 March 2009: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, will provide Pakistan's Allied Bank with guarantees for sustainable finance and energy-efficient trade deals.

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World Bank Presents Country Studies on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

© World BankMarch 2009: The World Bank has published country notes for Latin America and the Caribbean on climate change and agriculture.

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UNEP Executive Director, Business Leaders Urge G20 to Signal Support for Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

1 April 2009: To mark the G20 Summit opening on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, Samuel DiPiazza, Chair of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the need for low carbon growth in an open editorial to the Jakarta Post.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to World Bank Energy Week: Copenhagen Can Move the World Towards a Sustainable Future [viewed]

31 March 2009: Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed the opening plenary of the World Bank Group's Energy Week by video link and welcomed the meeting's theme, “Energy, Development and Climate Change,” noting the importance of addressing developing countries' energy concerns.

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GEF STAP Considers REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 31 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) strategic programming on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), forest conservation and sustainable forest management (SFM).

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IDB Board of Governors Adopts Green Growth Initiatives [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) adopted a set of initiatives to promote green growth at its 50th Annual Meeting held in Medellín, Colombia, from 29-30 March 2009. Finance ministers and central bank presidents from IDB's 48 member countries discussed the current financial crisis and addressed the IDB's reform, calling for a capital increase that contemplates a strategy to make effective use of additional resources to support social safety net programmes, poverty and inequality reduction, infrastructure investment and measures related to climate change.

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UNCTAD Releases Report from Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

March 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the report of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation, which was organized around the theme “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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GEF STAP Workshop Considers Climate Change Science and Technology Advice [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 30 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the Fifth GEF Replenishment's (GEF-5) strategic programming on climate mitigation policies and technologies.

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IDB Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Brazil [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a project to provide Brazil's Usiminas steel company a loan amounting to US$200 million. The first part of the project will finance investments in a new power cogeneration plant and related equipment to produce electricity using excess heat and gases that originate from the production of the steel, allowing the Belo Horizonte-based company to cut its production costs and reduce carbon emissions.

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World Bank Approves US$1.3 Billion Environmental Loan to Brazil [viewed]

25 March 2009: The World Bank approved a US$1.3 billion Development Policy Loan to help Brazil attain sustainable development goals linked to economic growth from Amazon sustainable development to climate change, as well as the water sector.

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