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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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July 2018

HLPF side-event: Leadership on fossil fuel subsidy reform for sustainable energy access and poverty reduction

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Conference room 11, UN Conference Building, New York New York, United States + Google Map

Fossil fuel subsidies stood at about USD 425 billion in 2015. This is 7.5 times more than the amount of financing required for universal electricity access. Reforming subsidies has massive benefits as a means of implementation for the global transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. Nevertheless, reform requires effort from political leaders, civil society and sound information to be successful. This side event at the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development presented opportunities for financing and delivering…

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HLPF side-event: Paris Collaborative on Green Budgeting – Using the tools of budgetary policy-making towards the implementation of SDGs

July 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Conference Room 5, UN Conference Building, New York, New York, United States + Google Map

The Paris Collaborative on Green Budgeting aims to support governments to “green” their fiscal policy and embed environmental sustainability commitments and green growth within budget and policy frameworks. This implies using national expenditure and revenue processes to support climate and environmental goals towards sustainable and resilient societies. This side-event hosted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with UN Environment and the governments of France and Mexico, took place during the 2018 High Level Political Forum…

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Executive Webinar on ‘The Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production: Key Environmental Considerations’

July 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST

This Executive Webinar introduces key environmental considerations related to oil and gas exploration and production. The 90-minute webinar is aimed at practitioners in the oil and gas sector including policymakers, civil society, academia and the public. There will be live discussion with oil and gas industry experts. The Executive Webinar is organized by UN Environment in partnership with the Government of Norway’s Oil for Development Programme. Receive updates and register for the webinar by signing up here. For further information, see the webinar flyer

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Oceans Forum on trade-related aspects of SDG 14

July 16 - July 17
Palais des Nations, Room XXVI Geneva, Switzerland + Google Map

The Oceans Forum is a unique global platform to take stock, exchange experiences and present options for the implementation of trade-related targets of SDG 14 (Targets 4, 6, 7 and b) through the involvement of leading United Nations Agencies, regional bodies, government institutions and civil society organizations. The Second Forum will examine analysis, countries experiences, and best practices to meet the trade-related targets of SDG 14. It will seek to develop a set of policy recommendations and actions to be…

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Webinar: Economic Instruments to Leverage Clean Energy Investment

July 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CEST
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This webinar organised by IISD will look at the strong role of economic instruments in creating incentives to help de-risk clean energy investments. IISD experts will focus on specific fiscal policies in three major developing economies and discuss the extent to which they support—or detract from—delivery of Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the emerging energy transition. The policies discussed in specific countries include: Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform in India, Renewable…

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June 2018

6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE 2018)

June 25 - June 29
School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
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Sessions at the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics (WCERE) will discuss a number of different issues including 'Addressing Emissions Uncertainty with a Carbon Tax: Three Different Approaches', 'Energy Pricing: Theory and Evidence', 'Environmental Policy: Carbon Pricing', 'Environmental Policy: Market-based Instrument', and other issues. For further information, visit the WCERE event page.

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Frontiers of research on carbon markets: theory and evidence for policy

June 25
University of Gothenburg, 405 30
Gothenburg, Sweden
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Over the last decade the use of markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has come of age. Carbon markets are now in operation, in the pipeline or under consideration in a multitude of regional, national and sub-national jurisdictions around the world. With the recent announcement of a Chinese national emissions trading system, markets will soon cover well over 20% of global CO2 emissions. This share is expected to increase further as countries start implementing their commitments under the Paris Agreement.…

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Workshop on Circular Economy

June 14 @ 9:00 am - June 19 @ 4:00 pm CEST
Finnish Innovation Fund, ITÄMERENKATU 11-13
Helsinki, 00180, Finland
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The purpose of the workshop is to consult Finnish experts on the different options to promote circular and low-carbon objectives that have been identified by the Institute for European Environmental Studies (IEEP), the Ex’Tax Project Foundation (Ex’Tax) and Green Budget Europe (GBE). The workshop will also look at state subsidies and provide a new opportunity to look into this subject by consulting national experts in the field, while making use of best practices and concrete examples available from other EU…

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May 2018

Fiscal instruments for biodiversity in Europe

May 28 - May 30
International Academy for Nature Conservation, German Baltic sea island of Vilm Germany + Google Map

To achieve several of the SDGs and Aichi targets requires the phase out and reform of biodiversity harmful subsidies and the introduction of economic/fiscal incentives. To this end, the identification, definition and quantification of these subsidies is essential. This international workshop organised by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation of Germany (BfN) brought together scientists, practioners and policy makers with experiences and/or interest in biodiversity harmful subsidies and environmental taxes for nature conservation to discuss experiences , research results and needs from…

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Public Finance and Leveraging Investment for Sustainable Energy via SWAPs

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CEST
Ved Stranden 18, 1061 Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark + Google Map

Fossil fuel subsidies increase energy consumption and act as a barrier to clean energy technologies. As part of the Nordic Clean Energy Week, this event organised by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI)/International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will discuss the potential for reform of fossil fuel subsidies and reallocation of a proportion of the savings to fund the transition to clean energy.For further information, visit the GSI website.

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