Economics, Trade & Investment

FOREST EUROPE Expert Meeting Adopts Work Programme [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)11 May 2016: Held from 11-12 May 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia, a FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting discussed and adopted a new work programme for cooperation on forests and forestry in Europe for the time frame of 2016 to 2020.

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UNEP Report Outlines Contributions to Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

contributions-unep-strategic-plan-biodivMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report outlining the actions it has taken in support of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets over the period 2013-2016, including examples drawn from a number of projects and initiatives contributing to one or multiple targets.

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CFS Working Group Finalizes Draft Guidelines on Connecting Smallholders to Markets [viewed]

CFS9 June 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets finalized a set of draft recommendations to governments aiming to address key challenges in and opportunities for improving the access of smallholder farmers to markets. The draft recommendations will be forwarded the to the 43rd Plenary Session of the CFS in October 2016.

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UNCCD, Mirova Publish Market Study on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

whitepaper6 June 2016: As part of its efforts to promote actions to avert and combat land degradation, the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has proposed the creation of an independent public-private partnership investment fund, known as the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund. In order to explore the Fund's feasibility, the Global Mechanism and Mirova, a structuring partner and potential manager of the Fund, published a market study, titled ‘Unlocking the Market for Land Degradation Neutrality,' which was launched 6 June 2016 in concert with a Global Landscapes Forum event at the Royal Society, London, UK.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Global Green Growth Forum Showcases Sustainable Energy, Private Sector Partnerships [viewed]

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)7 June 2016: The 2016 Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) showcased a range of “solutions” for promoting sustainability and encouraging private sector investments in sustainable development, highlighting initiatives related to sustainable energy, water management, climate-smart cities and others aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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STAP Reports Advise GEF Council on SLM, Sustainable Agriculture, Project Design and Source-to-Sea Continuum [viewed]

gef_stapJune 2016: As input to the 50th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF produced four reports, addressing: the design of sustainable development projects; sustainable land management (SLM) and food security; indicators for assessing the sustainability of agricultural production; and a framework for managing flows in the source-to-sea continuum.

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African Countries Accelerate Efforts to Optimize Value from Extractive Sector [viewed]

uneca_amv6 June 2016: More than 30 private sector institutions operating in 15 countries agreed to contribute to the African Mining Vision (AMV) compact, as part of efforts to ensure that the mineral resources sector plays a transformative role in achieving sustainable development on the continent. The compact was launched at an event co-hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), held from 1-2 June 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda.

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European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

green_week3 June 2016: The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme 'investing for a greener future.' Participants discussed how to promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, among other areas.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of Brunei Darussalam and co-organized by the Australian Government and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium, this meeting will bring together governments, the private sector, practitioners and researchers to exchange knowledge and highlight leading practices to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific region. More specifically it will focus on action related to sustainably managing forests and landscapes, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting economic development in the region. Discussions will be based around the following themes: innovative forest-climate financing; the role of the private sector and new opportunities for public-private-people partnerships; measurement, reporting and verification for sustainable landscape management and REDD+; policy and governance issues in countries and across the region; and green economies for a bright future.  

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