Energy

UNCTAD's 2010 Trade and Environment Review Focuses on Promoting Poles of Clean Growth [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its Trade and Environment Review 2009/2010, which contains some 20 essays on the topic "Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy."

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UN Secretary-General Delivers Bernard Brodie Lecture: “Green Growth Will Power the Economy of the 21st Century” [viewed]

2 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the “Bernard Brodie Lecture on Conditions for Peace” at the University of California, in Los Angeles, California, US, on 2 March 2010. He noted the interconnections in today's global world, highlighting the global financial and food crises, climate change, and global terrorism.

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CIF Partnership Documents Posted, Comments Sought on Lessons in Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

March 2010: Documents for the 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, which will gather CIF stakeholders to share lessons learned from the CIF design process and from early implementation of CIF-funded programmes, have been posted online. Also available online is a draft document titled "Looking Ahead for Lessons in the Climate Investment Funds: Emerging Themes for Learning," which is open for comments.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Individual Review of the Annual Submissions of Canada and Croatia [viewed]

1 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submissions that Canada and Croatia submitted in 2009.

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IEA Publishes Paper on Economics of Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Power Sector [viewed]

January 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an information paper titled “The Economics of Transition in the Power Sector,” which analyzes the micro-economics of transitioning to cleaner power generation technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, highlighting the importance of risk perception in investment decisions in the power sector.

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EU Increases Funding to Neighboring Countries for Climate Projects [viewed]

2 March 2010: The EU has announced increased funding of up to EUR 2 billion, for the period 2011-2013, to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration between the EU and its neighbors. Funding will be used for, among other things, projects in the areas of climate change, transport, energy and environment.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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WTO Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations Focus on Climate-Friendly Products [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS) to continue negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods and services, and noted a renewed focus on liberalizing trade in climate-friendly products, such as solar energy-related parts and components, wind and hydro-electric energy and gas-turbines, natural gas and clean-diesel vehicles, and products used in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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ILO Director-General Highlights Green Jobs as a Means of Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery [viewed]

26 February 2010: Addressing a panel discussion on "Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery: US and Global Strategies for Governments, Businesses, Workers and Families," at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, US, on 26 February 2010, Juan Somavia, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, highlighted green jobs as a means of addressing the risk of a prolonged jobs crisis with wide social and political repercussions.

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Commonwealth Publication Suggests Discussing Climate Change at UN Conference on Least Developed Countries [viewed]

26 February 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat published an article titled “Trade Hot Topics Issue #69: Fourth UN Conference on LDCs - What to Expect?” in preparation for the fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC IV). The article highlights, inter alia, the impacts of climate change on LDCs.

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