Economics, Trade & Investment

UNFCCC Releases ADP Submissions from LDCs, AILAC and New Zealand [viewed]

UNFCCC17 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Nepal, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), New Zealand, and the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the work of the ADP at its June session and going forward toward a 2015 climate agreement.

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CIFOR Reports on USAID-funded REDD+ Project in Zambia [viewed]

Cifor-logoMarch 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a brochure that reports on the implementation of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Nyimba Forest Project in support of REDD+ in Zambia.

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OECD Workshop Shares National Experiences on Green Growth [viewed]

OECD20 February 2014: Participants shared regional and national examples of good practice on green growth at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Workshop on ‘Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy.' Participants emphasized the need to understand the economic rationale behind existing green business initiatives and the possibility to 'green' existing jobs, as opposed to creating more green jobs.

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The Elders Call for European Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

theelders17 March 2014: Ahead of the European Council meeting, Desmond Tutu, a South African social rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, both members of The Elders group, published an opinion piece in which they call on the EU to exhibit strong climate change leadership, emphasizing the economic benefits of doing so.

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LAC Countries Build Momentum for Climate Agreement, Chemicals and Waste Management [viewed]

UNEP16 March 2104: The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resulted in a declaration and set of decisions to support the mainstreaming of environmental considerations into development, and establish a regional cooperation agenda to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Adaptation of Agriculture Sector [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a report on an in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on means of enhancing the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts, while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security, particularly in developing countries.

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UNIDO, GEF, UNEP and FAO Publications Assess Biofuels Sustainability [viewed]

unido-unep-gef-fao12 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced the release of two publications that investigate the social, environmental and economic sustainability of biofuels production, with the aim of promoting investment in increased biofuels production.

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Adaptation Committee Focuses on Strengthening and Streamlining Support [viewed]

UNFCCC7 March 2014: The fifth meeting of the Adaptation Committee reviewed progress on adaptation-related mandates under the UNFCCC, and heard reports from workshops on technologies for adaptation, as well as on the monitoring and evaluation of adaptation.

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TEC Adopts 2014-2015 Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC7 March 2014: The eighth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 8) discussed, inter alia, ongoing work of the TEC and elaboration of the 2014-2015 TEC workplan. Delegates also elected Gabriel Blanco (Argentina) as TEC Chair, and Kunihiko Shimada as TEC Vice-Chair for 2014.

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Bloomberg and CEM Review 2013 Clean Energy Policy and Markets [viewed]

Clean Energy Solutions Center25 February 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Clean Energy Solutions Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published their latest bi-annual briefing, summarizing investment, regulatory, and other developments in clean energy. The issue highlights that, while costs of renewables reduced in 2013, so did investment.

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