Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate, which will focus on how to mobilize resources to turn aspirations for the post-2015 development agenda into realities. It is expected to discuss financing, technology development and transfer and capacity building. The debate will also consider investments in climate financing, rural development, infrastructure, protection of the global commons and social sectors. The event will take place in February 2015, per Kutesa's address to the opening of UNGA 69.  

read more »

India, US Establish Strategic Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

india.us1 October 2014: The US and India have agreed to a series of sustainable energy and climate change joint measures under a new strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy and climate change. The announcement was made during the first bilateral summit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, which took place from 26-30 September in Washington DC, US.

read more »

GEF to Address Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Climate Resilience in Belize [viewed]

GEF30 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Board of Directors has approved a five-year project to sustainably manage Belize's natural resources and promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The project will also strengthen institutional capacity to enhance climate resilience, including increasing ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts.

read more »

September 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-afdb-eib-idb-cif-worldbank-gef-ifad1 October 2014: In September 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank reported on various climate finance developments, including in the areas of green bonds, transport, forest emissions and climate resilience.

read more »

AfDB Launches Green Growth Framework [viewed]

AfDB30 September 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its Green Growth Framework, which will serve as a basis for its future work on green growth. The framework, titled ‘Entry points for action for transition to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to provide Bank staff with a common understanding on the principles and practice of green growth and on entry points for engaging with member countries in transitioning towards green growth.

read more »

OECD Highlights Environmental, Social Costs of Under-taxation [viewed]

OECD_NEW30 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is urging governments to cease subsidizing company cars and to phase out the tax differential that exists between diesel and petrol. Research released by OECD concludes that developed countries are causing an increase in carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, often at lower rates than wages, which tends to encourage more driving.

read more »

PRI, Major Institutional Investors to Disclose Carbon Footprint [viewed]

unepfi-montrealpledge29 September 2014: The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and a group of major institutional investors have launched a commitment to measure and disclose annually the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios. The first group of investors signing the ‘Montreal Carbon Pledge' represents a portfolio of over US$500 billion, and the UN-supported PRI aims to attract a total commitment of US$3 trillion by December 2015.

read more »

EEA Study on F-gases Reports Falling Net Supply, Increasing Imports [viewed]

EEA29 September 2014: A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, in 2013, the net supply of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the EU fell by 1.4% measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). While production of the gases decreased, imports increased by 12%. An EU regulation on F-gases, applied from 2015 onwards, will aim to reduce related emissions by two-thirds from 2010 levels, by 2030.

read more »

UNGA Debate Concludes with Focus on 2015 Agreement, Link to Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: On the final day of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 69th General Debate, speakers again addressed: their countries priorities for the post-2015 development agenda; climate change; health; and security. Closing the Debate on 30 September, UNGA President Sam Kutesa urged Member States to “make real and meaningful change in the livelihoods of humanity and the health of our planet.”

read more »

Guest Article #112: Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens.

read more »