Economics, Trade & Investment

Sudan Becomes a Contributor to CGIAR Multi-donor Trust Fund [viewed]

cgiar_sudan23 October 2015: Sudan has become a contributor to the Multi-donor Trust Fund of the CGIAR Consortium, which finances research carried out by the CGIAR's 15 international agricultural research centers.

read more »

UNEP Report Highlights Benefits of Wastewater Management [viewed]

UNEP22 October 2015: A more circular approach to wastewater could result in economic and social benefits and contribute to progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a publication by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The report provides an overview of wastewater management, and illustrates opportunities for the recovery and reuse of resources in agriculture, energy production and other applications.

read more »

GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

read more »

FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences Conclude [viewed]

forest-europe-madrid21 October 2015: FOREST EUROPE held two Ministerial meetings in Madrid, Spain. The seventh Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, held from 20-21 October 2015, adopted a Ministerial Declaration on '25 Years Together Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in Europe,' a decision on the future direction of FOREST EUROPE, and resolutions on the forest sector in the center of a green economy and protection of forests in a changing environment. The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference, which convened on 21 October, received the results of the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests) and agreed to explore ways to find common ground on the draft no later than 2020.

read more »

Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

read more »

On International Snow Leopard Day, INTERPOL Releases Central Asia Strategy on Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

snow-leopard-Copyright_interpol_widget_caroussel23 October 2015: Marking International Snow Leopard Day, which coincides with the adoption of the Bishkek Declaration on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard on 23 October 2013, INTERPOL released an enforcement strategy to combat illegal wildlife trade in Central Asia.

read more »

GEF Council Approves Regional Programme to Protect Amazon [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a “first-of-its-kind” multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80% of the Amazon and combat climate change. GEF says it will commit US$113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional programme covering Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which is expected to leverage US$682 million in additional financing over five years.

read more »

CITES Releases Training Materials on Sharks, Manta Rays [viewed]

cites20 October 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced the completion of a set of standard presentations to support implementation of the Convention with regard to sharks and manta rays.

read more »

US Companies Join 'Act on Climate' Pledge [viewed]

USA Flag19 October 2015: The US announced new commitments from companies that are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, bringing the total number of US companies that have signed onto the pledge to 81. Together, these companies have operations in all 50 US states, employ over nine million people, represent more than US$3 trillion in annual revenue, and have a combined market capitalization of over US$5 trillion.

read more »

CBD Reports on Investment Workshop, Issues Guidance on Finance Reporting [viewed]

CBD16 October 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of a workshop on domestic and international biodiversity-related investments and impacts. The workshop report includes a compilation and review of methodologies and associated experiences intended to support Parties in their financial reporting under the Convention.

read more »