Economics, Trade & Investment

GLOBE Summit Launches Partnership for Climate Legislation [viewed]

globe28 February 2014: The 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit, which brought together legislators from over 50 countries, saw the launch of the fourth edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study and of the Partnership for Climate Legislation. Legislators also presented case studies of their national policies, and discussed how national legislation can contribute to a new international climate agreement.

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ITTO TTM Introduces New Japanese Labeling for Furniture [viewed]

ITTO logo28 February 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16 - 28 February issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, highlighting a new labeling system in Japan to identify domestically made furniture sourced from verified legal wood production.

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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UNWTO Committee to Address Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

UNWTO27 February 2014: The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), appointed by the UNWTO General Assembly in August 2013, has concluded its first meeting and defined its four-year Action Plan.

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CIFOR Examines NTFPs in Cambodia [viewed]

CIFORFebruary 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an info brief discussing the local benefits of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Cambodia. The report also explores the challenges of illegal logging, conflicting policies on NTFP royalties, and insufficient local capacity to enhance support for NTFP management and trade.

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February 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

Sustainable Energy FinanceFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) undertook a number of activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in a range of countries, including: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Brazil, and in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

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Adaptation Fund Finances Projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan [viewed]

Adaptation Fund26 February 2014: Following contributions from Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the Brussels Region, the Adaptation Fund has approved financing for US$17 million worth of projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan, all of which will be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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INTERPOL Releases Report Addressing Law Enforcement on Ivory Trafficking and Poaching [viewed]

INTERPOL25 February 2014: INTERPOL has released a report, titled 'Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trafficking in East Africa: Assessment for an effective law enforcement response,' which emphasizes the need for greater information sharing to enable more proactive and effective law enforcement against trafficking syndicates. 

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Event: Eleventh Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

In accordance with its work plan, the Compliance Committee will address the following issues: consistency between the information in national reports and the Biosafety Clearing-House; the methodological approach proposed for the Protocol's third assessment and review; the third national reporting format; general issues of compliance; and the Committee's report and recommendations to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) to be held in October 2014.  

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African Ministers Agree Wealth Accounting, Valuation Critical for Growth [viewed]

UNEP24 February 2013: Participants at the African High-level Conference of Green Economy recognized the role of wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services as critical to Africa's future growth. Ministers also discussed the role of new energy sources, job creation and wealth generation in driving Africa's future investment and innovation.

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