Economics, Trade & Investment

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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Event: Fourth EU-Africa Summit [viewed]

The Fourth European Union (EU)-Africa Summit will take place under the theme 'Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace'. The Summit is an opportunity to review the EU-Africa partnership, including the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, and to highlight achievements, results and areas for further cooperation, such as on the post-2015 development framework. Participants will discuss: climate change; investment, including ways to create jobs and stimulate growth; migration, including legal and illegal migrant flows between the two continents; peace and security, including how to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security; and education and training. The Summit is expected to adopt a declaration on EU-Africa relations.  

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CARIAA Targeting Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaa7 March 2014: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has launched a research programme on climate change adaptation that is to be conducted by four consortia. The research will focus on three climate change “hotspots”—sensitive regions inhabited by large numbers of people: semi-arid regions; deltas; and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.

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CIF-Climate Policy Initiative Publications Share Concentrated Solar Power Experiences [viewed]

cif-cpiMarch 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) released two publications from a one-year collaborative project that aims to achieve low carbon and climate resilient development. The publications share lessons learned from concentrated solar power (CSP) development experiences.

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GGBP Assesses Green Growth Best Practices [viewed]

ggbp4 March 2014: The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a ‘Synthesis of Key Findings,' a global assessment of best practice in green growth planning and implementation.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in April 2014. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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LMDCs, China and Norway Release ADP Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC8 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions of China, Norway, and a joint submission by Ecuador, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia and Mali, on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the fourth part of ADP's second session, which is taking place from 10-14 March 2014, in Bonn, Germany.

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