Trade

AfDB Assesses Soft Infrastructure Needs of Africa's Energy Sector [viewed]

AfDB20 November 2014: A report released by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI) outlines the state of regional electricity markets in Africa and approaches to capacity development for boosting the financial and technical performance of the sector. ONRI published the report to aid development organizations, such as its parent institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB), as they seek to complement physical infrastructure investments with capacity-building.

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day [viewed]

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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UNEP Signs Agreement to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil [viewed]

UNEP-RSPO14 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) signed an agreement to increase awareness of certified sustainable palm oil production in an effort to shift the global market away from unsustainable supplies. The agreement will support national and regional efforts to shift to a sustainable supply of palm oil, a commitment already made by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK).

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Event: CITES AC28 [viewed]

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

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Regional Commissions Discuss Roles in Achieving Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

unga695 November 2014: The Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions held a discussion with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) regarding the commissions' potential role in mobilizing means of implementation (MOI) for achieving the post-2015 development agenda.

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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LLDCs Conference Adopts 10-Year Programme of Action [viewed]

landlocked-developing-countries5 November 2014: The Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) adopted a Programme of Action for LLDCs for the Decade 2014-2024 that holistically addresses LLDCs' special development needs and challenges. The outcome document (A/CONF.225/L.1) focuses on six priorities: transit policy issues; infrastructure development and maintenance, including on transport, energy and information and communications technology (ICT); international trade and trade facilitation; regional integration and cooperation; structural economic transformation; and means of implementation.

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Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Birds in Focus at CMS COP11 [viewed]

cms-cop106 November 2014: At the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), in Quito, Ecuador, countries are taking steps to combat the illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds. Parties are also considering including the Great Bustard in Appendix I of the Convention and are expected to agree on a Global Action Plan for the Saker Falcon.

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ITC, WTO Report Explores Constraints Faced by SMEs in LDCs [viewed]

itc-wto5 November 2014: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need a sound business environment, access to finance, and institutional support to identify and take advantage of market opportunities, according to a report from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The two organizations launched the report, titled 'SME Competitiveness and Aid for Trade: Connecting Developing Country SMES to Global Value Chains,' at the World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations, which is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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CBFP Partners Discuss Forest Protection, Climate Change and the Green Economy [viewed]

cbfp23 October 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has released the report of its fourteenth partners meeting, which highlights opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable land use practices under changing climatic conditions in the Congo Basin.

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