Europe

European Commission Adopts Green Employment Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 July 2014: The European Commission has adopted a communication on the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition towards the green economy. The communication sets out an integrated framework for employment and labor market policies at the EU and national levels to support this transition.

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UN Secretary-General Meets with Business, Investors, Governments on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact2 July 2014: The 2014 UN Global Compact Board meeting, chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, focused on key priorities, including ongoing work to improve good governance, scale up corporate sustainability, and advance the private sector's role in the post-2015 development agenda. In his remarks to the Board, which held its biannual meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 2 July 2014, Ban said 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the Global Compact, which is "the first and only public-private initiative of the UN based on network governance.”

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UNEP Discusses Financing Green Economy at UNEA [viewed]

UNEP25 June 2014: Environment leaders, policy makers and financial experts convened for the Symposium on Financing the Green Economy on the sidelines of the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The Symposium examined how private financial capital can be mobilized to deliver long-term sustainable prosperity, as a necessary complement to public expenditure. It was organized by the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the UNEP Inquiry on The Design of a Sustainable Financial System (UNEP Inquiry), and took place on 25 June 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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UN-REDD Highlights UNEA Events and Outcomes [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 July 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights a number of REDD+ related outcomes from the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). In particular, the newsletter notes that during discussions on financing a green economy, REDD+ emerged as an opportunity for the promotion of sustainable development pathways.

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June 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank, IDB, GEF, EIB, EBRD, CIF, ADB, AFDB1 July 2014: During the month of June, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in various countries, including: Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Slovakia, Sweden, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Japan and South Africa.

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Neman Basin Countries Discuss Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE26 June 2014: Participants at the Neman Basin conference agreed that the consequences of climate change on water resources in the Neman Basin require basin-level action. The meeting took place within the context of a project on river basin management and climate change adaptation, which is led by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Belarus.

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Second SCF Forum Focuses on Mobilizing Adaptation Finance [viewed]

UNFCCC22 June 2014: The second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) focused on sharing experiences, best practices and new ideas related to adaptation finance, with a view to encouraging greater mobilization of resources to aid countries in coping with the onset of climate change impacts.

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June 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdb30 June 2014: During the months of May and June, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reported on various climate finance activities and projects, or published reports or newsletters related to climate finance.

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CIF Expands to 63 Countries [viewed]

CIF28 June 2014: During meetings of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees, decisions were taken inviting 14 developing countries to join the Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) and an additional country to participate in the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), expanding the total number of CIF countries to 63.

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