Green Economy Announcements

Papua New Guinea initiated a process to establish a Multi-stakeholder Palm Oil Platform tasked with developing an action plan and policy approach for sustainable palm oil for the country.

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Ha Noi, 7 August 2017 – A high-level forum on realising economic opportunities from sustainable management of natural forests was held by the Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Central Economics Committee, and the United Nations with the support from the UN-REDD Programme and other partners including the Viet Nam Private Sector Forum. The Forum was attended by representatives from the Government ministries, business associations, enterprises, financial institutions, international organizations, and forest owners. High-level figures included Mr. Cao Duc Phat, member of the Party’s Central Committee and Standing Vice-Chairman of the Central Economics Committee, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms. Siren Gjerme Eriksen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, and Mr. Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director.

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The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to announce the launch of the Second Edition of its successful REDD+ Academy Learning Journals, making this valuable knowledge resource available to REDD+ policymakers, practitioners and communities worldwide. Covering twelve key REDD+ topics, the REDD+ Academy Learning Journals have been revised and updated by some of the world’s leading REDD+ experts to reflect REDD+ advancements in the Paris agreement, as well as showcasing Partner Country achievements through case studies.

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There is growing awareness in Sri Lanka of the connection between global warming and climate change. Presently facing many challenges such as frequent flash floods, severe droughts and an unprecedented number of devastating landslides, Sri Lanka is bracing itself to face more ‘natural disasters’ in the future.

At the same time, as a developing nation emerging like a phoenix from the ashes of a near three-decade-long internal conflict, Sri Lanka is currently on a development trajectory that seems unstoppable. The private sector is the engine of growth in Sri Lanka, as it is in many parts of the developing world. Apart from making profit, many private sector organizations in Sri Lanka now understand the need to preserve the environment while improving the lives of poor or marginalized communities in order to sustain business activities on the long run.

 

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An increasing number of businesses worldwide – also in Southeast-Asia – are committing to zero-deforestation policies, promising that their activities shall not lead to the destruction of natural forests. Among the Vietnamese population, there is also a growing interest in companies and products that contribute towards protecting forests and other natural habits.

The forum Meet to Meet the SDGs “Why business should love the forest” has been organized by UNIDO, VCCI and Global Compact Network and the UN-REDD Programme, with support from Norway, on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 in Hanoi and on Thursday, 30th March in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Costa Rica es conocido mundialmente como un país verde por excelencia, para avanzar en el logro de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible, es indispensable contar con el sector financiero como un aliado que actúe como puente en unir los esfuerzos entre la producción competitiva y a la vez ambientalmente sostenible. 

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The Global Landscapes Forum event 'Unlocking private finance in forest and landscape restoration' is now available online. This event highlights the need to use blended finance instruments that use public funding to leverage private investment, including practical examples, as an additional lever to catalyse the shift towards low-carbon economic growth in land use sectors. 

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A new study developed with support from the UN-REDD Programme, 'The Landscape of REDD+ Aligned Finance in Côte d’Ivoire', looks at public finance of activities that impacted on land use in 2015 and that are therefore considered relevant in the context of Côte d’Ivoire’s National REDD+ Strategy. Activity sectors include agriculture, forestry, domestic energy, environment, mining, and planning policy. The study identifies the nature and volume of domestic and international public finance that was already contributing to limiting deforestation and encouraging sustainable land use in the country in 2015. It provides a baseline against which to measure progress towards the levels of investment required to drive sustainable agriculture and reforestation. It also identifies opportunities to increase finance available for implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy.

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Más de 40 representates del sector financiero costaricense ampliaron conocimientos sobre la valoración de riesgos ambientales y sociales con miras a incorporar variables en la asignación de créditos y contribuir de esta manera con los objetivos planteados en la Estrategia REDD+ de Costa Rica.

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Following the completion of the South-South Knowledge Exchange between Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica (19-23 September 2016), the two countries have agreed to continue their cooperation towards environment protection, forestry development and green growth through technical and financial collaboration and knowledge sharing. The UN-REDD Programme has supported the development of this partnership and will continue facilitate and strenghten cooperation between the two countries.

The Letter of Intent was signed on September by the Director of FONAFIFO Costa Rica, Jorge Mario Rodriguez, and Permanent Executive Secretary of REDD+ Côte d'Ivoire, Marcel Yao. The signing was witnessed by UNDP Costa Rica's Assistant Resident Representative, Kryssia Brade. The Letter presents the main principals of the intended partnership, which will be consequently reflected in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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A group of government officials from Côte d'Ivoire's office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Water will travel to Costa Rica alongside representatives from the national REDD+ secretariat and UN-REDD Programme technical advisors from 19-23 September 2016, in order to enhance, strengthen and accelerate the two countries' REDD+ processes and to explore a strategic partnership on REDD+, sustainable agriculture and payments for ecosystems services (PES).The delegation will meet with the Vice-Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Director of FONAFIFO (Ministry of Environment and Energy) and other government officials, along with representatives of civil society, academia and the UN.  

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*** The ToRs for the National Strategy were updated. We are attaching the final version***

Suriname is engaged into a national REDD+ readiness process. It aims at getting ready to possibly enter a future international REDD+ mechanism that would compensate financially for national efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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A l’heure où la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) s’engage pleinement dans la phase de mise en œuvre de la REDD+, grâce notamment aux financements de  l’Initiative pour la Forêt de l’Afrique Centrale/Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), il est bon de revenir sur l’engagement de ce pays emblématique dans la transition vers une économie verte.

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Growing evidence has emerged from countries about the economic, social and environmental benefits that a transition to a greener and more inclusive economy offers for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The 'Forum on Partnerships for Inclusive Green Economy: Joining up for Delivery on the 2030 Agenda' will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, during the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the governments of Finland and the Republic of Korea. It will centre on a high-level panel discussion on how new and innovative partnerships can deliver on the central challenge of the 2030 Agenda: creating the conditions for sustained and sustainable economic growth, with full employment. 

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With the support of the UN-REDD Programme, a high level delegation from Ethiopia participated in a South-South Knowledge exchange in the Republic of Korea from 1-8 March 2016  followed by a subsequent visit to China from 9-14 March 2016.  The Ethiopian delegation sought to learn from the Republic of Korea and China's valuable experiences on implementing bold national-scale forest management and bamboo development.

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