Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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UNFCCC, IRENA Hold Technical Expert Meeting on Renewable Energy Supply [viewed]

UNFCCC - IRENA3 June 2015: During the first week of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on renewable energy supply, organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on 3 June 2015.

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UNEP Inquiry Identifies Ways to Make Climate Security Part of a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

financialinquiry22 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'The Coming Financial Climate,' which outlines a set of measures that can be applied to make climate security part of the overall performance framework of a sustainable financial system.

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UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

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European Commission Launches Smart Specialization Platform on Energy [viewed]

smart_specialisation_platform26 May 2015: The European Commission launched a new 'Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy' (S3P-ENERGY) at a high-level conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 May 2015, designed to help European regions and EU member States to make full use of EU funds earmarked for sustainable energy under the EU's Cohesion Policy.

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UNDP-GEF Annual Report Provides Performance Ratings of US$10.35 Billion in Projects [viewed]

UNDP - GEF22 May 2015: The UN Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP-GEF) released its seventh annual performance report, providing progress and quality ratings of environment and sustainable development projects to the value of US$10.35 billion.

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Event: 67th Semi-annual IEA-ETSAP Meeting [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) will hold its 67th semi-annual meeting from 1-2 June 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the meeting will comprise two events: the ETSAP Regular Workshop; and the ETSAP Executive Committee Meeting. Topics covered during the workshop will include: impacts of renewable energy promotion; renewable energy technology integration; forecasting road transport energy demand; the energy-water nexus; decarbonization pathways; and synergies and co-benefits of climate change mitigation. The event will be held back to back with the International Energy Workshop 2015, hosted by IRENA in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, from 3-5 June.  

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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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ESCAP 71 Establishes Energy Committee, Disaster Information Centre [viewed]

UNESCAP29 May 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted 14 resolutions at its 71st session, including agreement to promote transport and information and communications technology (ICT) links, establish a centre to share and manage disaster information, and create a Committee on Energy.

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