Industrial Development

UNECE Inland Transport Committee Highlights Measures to Address Climate Change [viewed]

25 February 2010: The 72nd annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee, held from 23-25 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, recognized that measures including better infrastructure planning, efficient border-crossing and transit procedures, technologically progressive vehicle construction norms and a greater role for environmentally-friendly modes, such as rail and inland navigation, are necessary steps to improve current and future transportation systems, with less pollution, in the pan-European region.

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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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Event: CSD 19 [viewed]

This policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns.  

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Event: Second Earth Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Earth Fund Board will consider, among other issues, two US$5 million proposals, namely a Public-Private Funding Mechanism for Watershed Protection, and a proposal for greening the cocoa industry.  

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UNEP Launches "Low Carbon World" Website [viewed]

25 February 2010: On the sidelines of the 11th special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from 24–26 February 2010, UNEP launched the "Low Carbon World" website, a web-based communications platform that aims to facilitate the move to global low carbon economies by assisting knowledge transfer and simplifying access to information and tools that can be difficult to trace.

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Event: First PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Brazil in 2012 (also referred to as Rio+20). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the event should be focused on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.  

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Event: CSD 18 [viewed]

This review-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will evaluate progress and identify constraints to implementing the issues on the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (SCP).  

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UNESCAP Scheme Turns Waste to Carbon Credits [viewed]

22 February 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Waste Concern, a Bangladesh non-governmental organization, have launched a project aimed at ensuring solid waste development strategies become decentralized, pro-poor, low-carbon and self-financing through the sale of carbon credits.

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UNIDO Launches Global Technology Roadmap Project for CCS [viewed]

19 February 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched a global technology roadmap for carbon capture and storage (CCS) for industrial processes. The €500,000 project is being carried out in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and will be implemented in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the IEA Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme.

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