Finance

UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs [viewed]

United Nations18 August 2014: The UN marked the 500-day milestone of time left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with statements and events noting both successes and challenges towards achieving the eight goals. UN leaders and others urged a final push for global action in the remaining 500 days until the end of 2015.

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COMIFAC Ministers Discuss Finance [viewed]

comifac-cbfpAugust 2014: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) convened a technical expert meeting as well as the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers of Environment and Forestry of COMIFAC countries on 17-18 July 2014. The meetings focused largely on finance.

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World Bank, IMF Publish Guidelines for Natural Resource Administration [viewed]

worldbank_imf7 August 2014: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have jointly published a guide on the effective administration of public revenues from oil, gas, coal, minerals, and other non-renewable natural resources. The publication, titled ‘Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries: A Handbook,' offers policymakers in developing and emerging market countries guidelines to, inter alia, address growing calls for transparency and accountability in the sector.

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GSP Highlights Second Plenary Assembly Outcomes [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)August 2014: Following the second Plenary Assembly, held from 22-24 July in Rome, Italy, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat has released a special edition newsletter summarizing the meeting's outcomes. The newsletter is published in anticipation of the forthcoming report on the 2014 Plenary Assembly.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario [viewed]

climate-summit20144 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the programme for the UN Climate Summit – Catalyzing Action, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2014.

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UNECE, UNEP and FAO Consider Forest PES within a Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECEUNEPAugust 2014: The UN has released a report on the role of payments for forest ecosystem services (PES) in a green economy. The report makes use of 14 case studies to identify the implications of PES, their potential use in a green economy and alternative options when PES may not be appropriate.

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GSP Welcomes Establishment of Healthy Soils Facility [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)31 July 2014: The second Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) welcomed the establishment of the Healthy Soils Facility. The Facility, intended to constitute a major operational arm of the GSP, will accelerate momentum for action and cooperation on soils through a multi-partner platform meant to align resource partners and maintain the visibility of approved projects.

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African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility31 July 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) will support a project to provide sanitation services in Kenya while creating business opportunities through sales of sanitation by-products, such as biogas, energy and fertilizers.

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July 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

EIB-CIF-AfDB-EBRD-World Bank-GEF31 July 2014: During July 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have reported on climate investments. Both the African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced partnerships with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for a variety of climate-related investments. The World Bank also announced additional funding to be provided by CIF.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights South-South Exchanges [viewed]

unredd1 August 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the August 2014 edition of its newsletter, highlighting a regional workshop on National REDD+ Strategies for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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