Economics, Trade & Investment

EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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CEB Publication Highlights UN System's Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

CEBNovember 2014: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has showcased how the UN system is working together to support climate change action at the global, regional and national levels in a report, titled 'How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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IEA Recommends Actions toward EU 2030 Climate Targets, Competitiveness, Energy Security [viewed]

IEA1 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a report reviewing the European Union's (EU) energy policies and recommending cost-effective ways to meet the EU's 2030 energy and climate targets. Titled 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries: European Union 2014 Review,' the report assesses the state of renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and analyzes the EU's energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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AfDB, World Bank Partner to Improve Hydromet Services in Africa [viewed]

AfDB27 November 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank held a seminar on improving Africa's hydrological and meteorological systems in order to capture weather and climate data and disseminate information to assist in development planning. Discussions emphasized the critical role of hydrometeorological services in providing information to support economic development and build resilience in many sectors in Africa, including disaster risk reduction and management, water, agriculture, transport, energy, public health and aviation safety and security.

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UNFCCC Publishes Addendum to GEF Report to COP 20 [viewed]

UNFCCC25 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, containing information on consultations between the GEF and the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN). The report discusses a workshop that was co-organized by the GEF Secretariat and the CTCN, during which participants considered, inter alia, joint efforts and cooperation to accelerate climate-related technology transfer.

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Spain Announces EUR120 Million Pledge to GCF [viewed]

spanish-flag28 November 2014: The Government of Spain has pledged to commit €120 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), bringing total GCF contributions to US$9.7 billion equivalent. The announcement was made in advance of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, which is opening in Lima, Peru, on 1 December 2014, and just after the first GCF pledging conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany, on 20 November 2014.

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November 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-eib-idb-wb-ifad-unidoNovember 2014: During November 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank reported on project approvals and progress in ongoing projects in Africa and Asia. AfDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate adaptation technologies, urban climate resilience and climate finance.

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US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Clean Cookstoves21 November 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves's inaugural pledging event, the Cookstoves Future Summit, raised more than US$400 million for clean cooking technologies over three years. The pledges come from a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address a range of actions, including affordability and access, awareness and behavior change, monitoring and standards and technology.

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CCXG Publishes Papers Relevant to 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has released four papers examining technical issues relevant to the negotiations towards a 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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Event: Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration. [viewed]

This Forum, to be convened on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and action among governments, UN agencies, business, investors and civil society. The first day of the Forum will include sessions on mitigation, adaptation, technology, finance and other cross-cutting issues, such as carbon pricing, responsible policy engagement and long-term goal setting aligned with climate science. The second day will feature a high-level meeting on corporate climate leadership convening chief and senior business executives, ministers and other government delegates. Nearly 300 participants are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN Global Compact, UN Environment Programme (including its Finance Initiative) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat are convening in the Forum.  

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