Trade

Event: Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development [viewed]

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

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Event: Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings [viewed]

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

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World Bank Develops Framework for SDG Country-Level Implementation [viewed]

WorldbanklogoNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has reported on a framework for implementing the post-2015 development agenda at the country level. The framework is intended to evaluate implementation challenges in diverse national circumstances, and will be applied to ten countries in a series of case studies.

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ITTO Update Explores Importance of Value-Added Enterprises [viewed]

IttoJanuary 2015: The last 2014 issue of Tropical Forest Update, published by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), focuses on value-added timber based industries in tropical countries. The update notes that such "downstream" industries can support sustainable forest management (SFM), provide significant livelihood and employment benefits and contribute to national economies.

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December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-GEF-WB-CIFDecember 2014: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved finance for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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CITES Issues Statement on Alleged Trade in Elephants from Zimbabwe [viewed]

CITES18 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued a statement on the alleged trade in live African elephants from Zimbabwe to China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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African Development Report Finds Regional Integration Key for Development [viewed]

AfDB16 December 2014: Regional integration is critical for enhancing Africa's development and achieving sustained, inclusive growth, according to the African Development Report 2014. The report addresses five themes at a regional level: integration and inclusive growth; institutions; infrastructure; migration and labor; and financial integration and value chains.

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SE4ALL CEO Proposes Africa-China Cooperation Model [viewed]

SE4ALL4 December 2014: Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, has proposed a new ‘triangular cooperation model' to transform Africa's energy sector by linking Africa, China and SE4ALL. The proposal, delivered to environment and development experts at the 2014 China Council, would foster this transformation by scaling-up South-South cooperation to mobilize aid, investment and technological know-how.

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TTM Notes Higher Than Expected Sale of Controversial Red Sanders [viewed]

Itto16 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 December issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the Rs 10 billion earned through the sale of confiscated red sanders logs by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. The sale was initially challenged in court, however the court ruled that the sale could proceed.

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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