Industrial Development

Event: Latin American Forum on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The Latin American Forum on Climate Change Adaptation is organized by the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces) of the Business Administration School of Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Brazil. Organized in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat, the meeting will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, on 26 June 2013 and will focus on the engagement of the private sector in adapting to climate change.  

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CIF Backs Waste to Energy Bazaar in Nepal [viewed]

cif_logo13 May 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) provided financial support to Nepal, one of the pilot countries of the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP), to sponsor the first Waste to Energy (W2E) Bazaar, which took place on 26 April 2013, in Kathmandu.

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Event: 2013 G20 Leaders Summit [viewed]

The Russian Federation has set as the objective of its 2013 Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20): developing a set of measures aimed at boosting sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and jobs creation around the world. The G20 will look at eight areas in particular in 2013: framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth; jobs and employment; international financial architecture reform; strengthening financial regulation; energy sustainability; development for all; enhancing multilateral trade; and fighting corruption. The G20 brings together finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 countries - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US - plus the EU. The G20 Leaders Summit in September 2013 is preceded by a series of outreach events organized in five streams: think tanks; business; labour; civil society and youth.  

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UNEP Report Analyzes Green Economy and Trade Opportunities in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP8 May 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities,' which argues that an increase in trade in environmental goods and services and certified products can stimulate the transition to a green economy, while such a transition can create further opportunities for increased trade in such products and services.

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SEED Initiative Calls for Low-Carbon and Gender Equality Start-Up Enterprises [viewed]

Seed8 May 2013: The SEED Initiative has launched its 2013 SEED Awards, calling for entries from start-up entrepreneurs that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, in developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs), or emerging economies.

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

The inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum – Innovation, Ambition, Collaboration – will meet from 19-20 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For the first time, the Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNFCCC Secretariat are organizing this invitation-only event, which will showcase the contributions that business and investors can make towards climate action, while providing a high-level platform for exchange and collaboration with policymakers. More specifically, the Forum aims to: bring greater scale to business innovation on climate change; further encourage business and governments to raise ambition on climate policies; and encourage collaboration among business, the UN, governments and other stakeholders. New activities, resources, commitments and public-private partnerships are expected to be announced during the Forum. In addition to plenary sessions and thematic action workshops, a high-level meeting on 20 November will convene to: discuss a compendium of climate practices, innovations, collaborations and commitments to action across key climate change themes; and put forward recommendations for government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally. It is expected the Forum will become an annual event.  

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CIF Increases Support to Solar Energy, Establishes Index of the Business Environment for Energy [viewed]

cif_logo6 May 2013: During their 2013 annual meeting, the Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved five revised Investment Plans for the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), and established a global index of the business environment for energy aiming to improve opportunities for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access under the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP).

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First EST Transfer Workshop Addresses Science, Research Capacity [viewed]

UNGA30 April 2013: At the first consultative workshop on Development, Transfer and Dissemination of Clean and Environmentally Sound Technologies in Developing Countries, panelists and participants addressed science and technology needs and options for poverty eradication and sustainable development, with a focus on the cases of agriculture and energy.

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Event: UNFCCC Workshop on the Review of the CDM Modalities and Procedures [viewed]

The UNFCCC workshop on the review of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) modalities and procedures is scheduled to take place on 8-9 June in Bonn, Germany. The workshop aims to facilitate parties' review of the CDM modalities and procedures at the forthcoming session of the Subsidiary Bodies and was organized upon a request by the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 8) held in Doha, Qatar.  

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Event: Eighth ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change: Smart Sustainable Cities [viewed]

The Eighth International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change will convene from 6-7 May 2013 in Turin, Italy. The symposium's theme is “Smart Sustainable Cities” and will bring together experts to discuss the latest initiatives in the development of smart cities, with a view to determining the best path forward in leveraging ICTs to enhance cities' environmental sustainability. Agenda items include: energy efficiency, clean power and the smart grid as engines for sustainable urban growth; integrated ICT solutions for smart sustainable cities and empowered citizens; ICTs and climate monitoring; and climate change adaptation and emergency telecommunications in urban areas. The symposium is organized by ITU in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, will be hosted by Telecom Italia at its innovation center. This symposium will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the new Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, on 8 May, and a Workshop on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, on 9 May.  

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