Economics, Trade & Investment

Policy Update #16: UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate [viewed]

“dear matafele peinam… they're marching for you, baby they're marching for us because we deserve to do more than just survive we deserve to thrive.” (Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist speaking at the opening of the 2014 Climate Summit)

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Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its substantive work, on 7 October 2014, with a statement from Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, a keynote address from Janet Gornick, and the start of the Committee's general debate. The debate continues on 8-9 October.

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Standing Committee on Finance Prepares for Lima [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2014: The eighth meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 8) convened in plenary and working groups to review documents, hear reports and discuss agenda items on: climate finance flows; the financial mechanism; Forums of the SCF; guidance to operating entities; financing for forests; measurement, reporting and verification (MRV); the SCF report to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20); and other matters.

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SPREP Launches Support Mechanism for Climate Resilience [viewed]

SPREP3 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience's Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM). RTSM was announced during SPREP's 25th Annual Meeting that convened in Majuro, the Marshall Islands, from 30 September - 2 October 2014.

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IEA, ASEAN Strengthen Collaboration on Energy Efficiency, Renewables [viewed]

iea-asean2 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have issued a joint statement applauding past collaboration and outlining future joint activities. The IEA-ASEAN joint statement builds on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two organizations from 2011, serving as the basis for annual AMEM-IEA joint dialogues.

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CCAC Launches Partnership to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions [viewed]

CCAC30 September 2014: A voluntary, industry-driven partnership that will enable the oil and gas industry to address climate concerns was launched by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) during the UN Climate Change Summit on 23 September. The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership is designed to support corporatations in reducing methane emissions, and includes some of the world's largest oil and gas companies, such as PEMEX (Mexico), BG Group (UK) and Southwestern Energy (US).

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Host Training Workshop on Rio Markers [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) organized a training workshop on accessing and using its Rio Markers for reporting environment-related aid flows. The training highlighted recent developments in improving the Rio Markers, as well as efforts to adapt the current statistical framework for the post-2015 development agenda.

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CCXG Forum Addresses Climate Policy Linkages, Energy and Land Transformations [viewed]

oecd.iea17 September 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) held its second Global Forum in 2014, bringing together country delegates and experts for an informal dialogue on, inter alia, streamlining the UNFCCC process, enhancing coordination and linkages, financing mitigation and adaptation, transforming the land and energy sectors and stimulating clean energy research and development (R&D).

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Loss and Damage Excom Agrees on Two-Year Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The resumed initial meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (Excom) under the UNFCCC agreed, inter alia, on a two-year workplan for implementing the Mechanism's functions as outlined in decision 2/CP.19 (Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage).

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Asia-Pacific Forum Fosters Partnerships for Climate Resilience [viewed]

apan4 October 2014: The Fourth Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Fostering strong partnerships to build a climate resilient Asia Pacific,' brought together over 600 scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society organizations, the private sector and donor agencies from more than 30 countries to come up with innovative solutions to address the impacts of climate change.

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