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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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June 2017

Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

June 5 - June 16
Columbia University New York, United States + Google Map

This annual Executive Training is organised by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). The two week program focuses on the responsible development of the extractive industries sector in resource-rich developing countries and how to effectively leverage resources from the sector for economic and social development while mitigating negative externalities. For further details about the programme, visit the CCSI website.

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The Ocean Conference

June 5 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 6:00 pm EDT
UN Head Quarters, New York, United States + Google Map

The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York to coincide with World Oceans Day. The conference will feature discussions on market-based solutions that incentivize reductions in maritime pollution and feasible pathways to ending harmful fisheries subsidies among other topics. For further information visit the Ocean Conference's website.

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

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

This side-event at The Ocean Conference is 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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Building Disciplines on Fisheries Subsidies: Progress and Prospects

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
Conference Room A, UNHQ, New York New York, United States + Google Map

This side-event at The Oceans Conference is organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) together with the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations. For further information, visit the website of The Oceans Conference.

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Fisheries subsidies – The path toward a sustainable global agreement

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

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 will discuss 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…

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Measures to Address Marine Plastic Debris

June 7 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Conference Room 7, UNHQ, New York New York, United States + Google Map

This side-event at the Oceans Conference is organised by the Ministry for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. For further information, visit the website of The Oceans Conference.

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

June 29 - June 30
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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Energy Transitions, Fossil Fuel Subsidies and International Law

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST
Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati, 50139 Firenze, Italy

Climate scientists have argued that oil, gas and coal reserves must remain unexploited to limit global warming increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Yet governments are continuing to provide financial support for the increased production and consumption of such reserves. This lecture organised by the European University Institute (EUI) by Dr Margaret A. Young (Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School) demonstrates that states have fragmented international legal obligations regarding support for fossil fuel production. It traverses the trade regime's…

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July 2017

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

July 12 - July 21
Columbia University New York, United States + Google Map

This annual Executive Training is organised by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). The program focuses on responsible investment in the agriculture sector, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities including developing robust legal and fiscal frameworks; negotiating equitable deals with investors; leveraging investments for greater sustainable development outcomes; and mitigating environmental impacts while protecting human rights. For further details about the programme, visit the CCSI website.

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The Uncertain Transition Away From Coal — Stories from China and the United States

July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Woodrow Wilson Center – 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA United States + Google Map

After many years of US-China collaboration on clean energy and greenhouse gas mitigation, the world’s two largest energy consumers have found themselves at the crossroads and taking different paths. The Trump administration has demonstrated an intent to funnel new policy support toward coal fired power and to cut back programs that encourage renewables. China, while still expected to lead the world in coal consumption for the foreseeable future, is undergoing a massive transformation in its coal sector. This event organized…

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