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The Green Fiscal Policy Network organizes regional workshops and other events on topics related to the role of fiscal policies in the transition to an inclusive green economy. Information on upcoming, recent and past events organised by the Network, our partners and other organisations can be found below.

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December 2017

Fish Trade, Fisheries Subsidies and SDG 14

December 11, 2017
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martín 1225/1275
Buenos Aires, 1104 Argentina
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Worldwide, more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods. Yet globally, the proportion of overfished, depleted, or recovering fish stocks has increased from just above 50 per cent in the mid-1970s to almost 90 per cent in 2013. This has disastrous impacts on our marine ecosystems and biodiversity, imperils livelihoods and undermines economic prosperity. Some forms of regulatory measures contribute significantly to this problem providing incentives which may encourage. Regulating harmful fisheries subsidies can help reduce economically…

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November 2017

COP23 side event: Supporting the implementation of the NDCs — the role of carbon pricing and fiscal policies

November 9, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CET
World Conference Center Bonn (Bonn Zone), Rheinaue Parkı, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee
Bonn, 53175 Germany
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Fiscal policies such as carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform can mobilise revenues for climate finance and provide a cost-effective approach to reducing GHG emissions. The role of such instruments in supporting climate action is increasingly recognized and over 90 countries included some form of fiscal policies in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This event examined the role of carbon pricing and fiscal policies in implementing the NDCs. It brought together a panel of experts to discuss countries' commitments…

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September 2017

Technical expert group on fossil fuel subsidy indicator for SDG12c

September 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CEST

In the context of monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Environment is the custodian of indicator 12.c.1 on fossil fuel subsidies. To support the development of a methodology to measure fossil fuel subsidies, UN Environment, in collaboration with the Italian G7 Presidency, convened a meeting of technical experts on 29 September 2017 in Rome, Italy. UN Environment commissioned and presented a methodological options paper, which is being developed by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the Organizations…

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Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets

September 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - September 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm CEST
Società Geografica Italiana, Società Geografica Italiana, Via della Navicella, 12
Rome, 00184 Italy
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On 27-28 September, Italy, as the 2017 G7 Environment Presidency and co-chaired with Germany, a Second Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets in Villa Celimontana at the Società Geografica Italiana. In addition to the G7 countries, participants included approximately 70 officials coming from 9 non-G7 Countries and 10 International Organizations engaged in utilizing carbon markets. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate an open dialogue between countries on subjects relating to carbon markets, to consolidate…

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18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET18)

September 27, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Rd.
Tucson, AZ AZ 85704 United States
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The Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET) has been held every year since 2000, bringing together specialists from around the world and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and research findings on environmental taxation and other market-based instruments. GCET18 was hosted by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and focused on Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives. Topics explored at the conference included: Climate change policy, biodiversity protection, environmental stewardship, pollution…

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June 2017

International Conference: Unlocking Private Finance for Energy Efficiency and Greener, Low-Carbon Growth in the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia Countries

June 29, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Senne Ballroom, Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

This conference, jointly organized by OECD, UNECE, UN Environment and UNIDO, will identify key challenges and ways forward to better align financial mechanisms with policy reforms to speed and scale up green investments in support of energy efficient and low-carbon growth, new business opportunities and green jobs in the Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia. Topics to be discussed include: the lessons learned from mobilising capital markets to finance the transition to a green economy; the role of public authorities in…

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Fisheries subsidies – The path toward a sustainable global agreement

June 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
Conference Room 6, UNHQ, New York New York, United States

Fisheries subsidies are estimated to amount to $35 billion, of which a large proportion directly or indirectly contributes to over-fishing. These subsidies have perverse impacts on the environment, food security, poverty elimination, livelihoods, employment and the economy. This side event organised by UNCTAD, FAO and UN Environment at the The Ocean Conference discussed pathways to achieve a global agreement that ends such subsidies to level the playing field, protect oceans and their valued resources. For further information visit website of…

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Towards a sustainable blue future: Fiscal incentives to achieve SDG 14

June 5, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Conference Room 12, UNHQ, New York New York, United States

This side-event at The Ocean Conference was organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN together with Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN (TBC); OECD; University of British Columbia; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). For further information, visit the website of The Ocean Conference.

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May 2017

Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies through the WTO and International Trade Agreements

May 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CEST
WTO, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland

This workshop hosted by Climate Strategies, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) shed light on the many different types of fossil fuel subsidies at play; their diverse trade implications; and options for addressing such measures through the WTO and other trade agreements. The workshop was part of the Climate Strategies project: “Making the International Trading System Work for Climate Change”. For more information, visit the workshop website and download the workshop report.

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March 2017

BIOFIN Webinar: Reforming and Greening Harmful Subsidies

March 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

This webinar organised by BIOFIN in collaboration with GIZ and OECD on Greening and Reforming Harmful Subsidies which looks at emerging trends and responses to the challenge of reforming subsidies harmful to biodiversity. The webinar was facilitated by Massimiliano Riva (UNDP), speakers included: Eike Meyer (GIZ), Katia Karouzakis (OECD), Dimitris Diakosavvas (OECD) and Roger Martini (OECD). Presentations and a recording of the webinar are available on the BIOFIN website.

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