Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Green Climate Fund High-Level Pledging Conference [viewed]

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will hold a high-level pledging conference on 20 November, in Berlin, Germany. The conference will be co-hosted by Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller, and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. The pledging conference is open to all governments intersted in contributing to the GCF, and high-level representatives are expected from more than 20 countries. Germany is hosting the event in accordance with a pledge made during the Fund's Initial Resource Mobilization process. Capitalization of the GCF will mark a milestone for the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place from 1-12 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.  

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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UNEP Makes Business Case for Eco-innovation [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. According to the publication, companies are facing growing market and regulatory pressures in the face of declining resources and environmental degradation, extreme weather events are impacting on business profitability, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% within 20 years.

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IRENA Council Holds Eighth Meeting [viewed]

IRENA4 November 2014: The 8th meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council convened from 3-4 November, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide guidance to the Agency's programmes and activities, and to decide on the agenda for the IRENA Assembly in 2015. The Council also discussed strategies to increase the Agency's engagement in global climate action, and received three new permanent representatives.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Work of the Forum on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared a note synthesizing the work of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures. The document (FCCC/SB/2014/INF.4) is based on views, information and review of the work of the forum provided by parties and relevant organizations. The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) requested the Secretariat to prepare the synthesis paper for consideration at SBSTA 41 and SBI 41.

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CIAT, CATIE Produce LAC Climate-smart Agriculture Profiles [viewed]

ciat-catie30 October 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) have developed nine climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to support the mainstreaming of CSA through raising awareness of its importance.

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Event: Clinic on Skills Development for Climate Policy and Public Finance [viewed]

This half-day briefing, focusing on skills development for climate policy and public finance, is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Climate Change Programme (CPP). The Programme provides capacity-development services for individuals and training institutions in developing countries on implementing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and advancing green and climate-resilient development.  

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IEA, ADB Identify Energy Efficiency Recommendations for Southeast Asia [viewed]

iea-adb31 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have developed a set of policy recommendations that address energy efficiency opportunities, barriers and policy needs in Southeast Asia. The recommendations come in the context of a decade of strong economic growth in Southeast Asia, where countries are now demonstrating increased political will to implement energy efficiency policies to curb the resulting rise in energy demand.

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IEA: Morocco's Energy Strategy and Renewable Energy Targets on Track [viewed]

iea-morocco31 October 2014: An in-depth review of Morocco's energy policies conducted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that the country has made important advances in wind and solar energy, and fuel subsidy reform. The report, titled ‘Morocco 2014 – Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries,' encourages the government to keep its current course, and provides specific recommendations on related strategies, deployment of renewable energy, and policy and regulatory frameworks.

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