Economics, Trade & Investment

ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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Second SOPAC Meeting Discusses Water Resources, Deep-Sea Mining [viewed]

SPC9 November 2012: The Second Meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) addressed deep-sea mineral deposit mining and management of the Pacific region's fragile freshwater resources. The meeting convened from 6-9 November 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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GRASP's Second Meeting Revises Global Strategy, Priority Plan and GRASP Rules [viewed]

8 November 2012: At the Second Council Meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), participants discussed, formulated and revised the Global Strategy for Great Apes (the Global Strategy), the GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016 (the Priority Plan), and the Rules for the Organization and Management of GRASP (the GRASP Rules). Participants also participated in three Great Ape Seminars on illegal trade, the green economy and technology.

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TEEB Business Coalition Headquarters Launched in Singapore [viewed]

7 November 2012: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business Coalition Headquarters has been launched in Singapore. The Coalition aims to shift corporate behaviour to preserve and enhance the Earth's natural capital.

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UNEP Highlights Outcomes Kenya National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy [viewed]

7 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in Kenya's National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy, part of Kenya's follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The dialogue discussed options for reducing deforestation in the ecosystems serving as Kenya's water towers.

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RRI Dialogue Considers Strategies to Reduce Emissions, Advance Development in Forest Areas [viewed]

5 November 2012: The 12th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change considered the theme "Scaling-Up Strategies to Reduce Emissions and Advance Development in Forest Areas." 

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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CIF Pilot Country Meetings Discuss Progress and Experiences [viewed]

1 November 2012: The Pilot Country Meetings for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met from 30 October-1 November 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, in association with the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, which meets on 6-7 November 2012. The Pilot Country Meetings provided the opportunity for those working on CIF-financed operations to discuss progress and experiences in an open and collaborative manner.

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CBD "Square Brackets" Newsletter Focuses on Aichi Targets [viewed]

October 2012: The seventh issue of [square brackets], the newsletter on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and civil society, has been made available online. With a special focus on the Aichi biodiversity targets, this issue features the perspectives of the Heads of five agencies that are members of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Task Force, and of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Project on World Wide Views on Biodiversity Presents Final Report [viewed]

October 2012: World Wide Views on Biodiversity, a global project aiming to raise awareness of biodiversity values, published its Results Report and presented it at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The project addressed Aichi Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which states that "By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably."

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