Economics, Trade & Investment

EU, US Call for Ambitious Mitigation Contributions from Major Emitters [viewed]

usa-eu-flag26 March 2014: The EU and the US held a Summit in Brussels, Belgium, which concluded with the adoption of a joint statement emphasizing the two countries' "strong partnership." In the statement, the US and the EU call on major economies and significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters to make ambitious mitigation contributions in the 2015 agreement to be adopted in Paris.

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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

usaid20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

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SIDS PrepCom Releases Info Note, Sets Six Areas for Partnerships [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo21 March 2014: The information note for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released, which provides information on: conference venue; programme; and participation and registration.

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UNEP Annual Report Highlights 2013 Achievements [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its annual report for 2013, which focuses on UNEP's achievements in key focus areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency; and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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UNFCCC Celebrates 20th Anniversary [viewed]

UNFCCC21 March 2014: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its entry into force, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched a dedicated section on its website that features key figures from the past and present highlighting the Convention's achievements. The section also includes an interactive timeline showing milestones of the UNFCCC process along with other historic events, infographics and video interviews.

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OECD Assesses Role of Water Governance in the Netherlands [viewed]

OECD17 March 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report, titled ‘Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?' which highlights ways to make the Dutch system more sustainable in light of climate change.

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IEA-RETD Outlines Architecture of a Renewable Energy Future [viewed]

IEA RETDMarch 2014: The International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement has released a position paper on the energy architecture that will be required to deliver and sustain a world with a very high penetration of renewables. The paper, commissioned by IEA-RETD in 2011, summarizes key findings from discussions among five energy experts on the architectural challenges and opportunities of a high renewable energy world in 2050.

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IRP, UN-REDD Report Highlights Role of REDD+ in the Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2014: The International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) have released a report on the role of REDD+ in transitioning to a green economy. The report, titled 'Building National Capital - How REDD+ can support a Green Economy,' highlights the urgent need for US$30 billion in funding to ensure REDD+ implementation and to contribute to green economy transformations, noting that this is less than 7 percent of annual fossil fuel subsidies.

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IEA Publishes 2050 Roadmap for Energy Storage [viewed]

IEA19 March 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a study, titled 'Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage,' which aims to promote understanding of the applications, functions and costs of energy storage technologies, and identify the most important actions needed for their development and deployment in light of global climate and energy goals.

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