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APEC Preparing Initiative on Economic Inequality [viewed]

The Philippines will launch an “inclusive economies” initiative, in its role as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chair in 2015. The initiative, which aims to combat inequality, will focus on joint actions to improve economic stability, job creation, productivity and wages, along with traditional drivers of growth, such as strengthening trade and investment.

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International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress[viewed]

The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS.

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IRENA Report Examines Renewables' Potential to Solve Water, Food and Energy Challenges[viewed]

A report on 'Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy and Food Nexus' released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy has the potential to generate significant water savings, increase long-term food sustainability and bolster energy security. The report highlights how renewables help ease the trade-offs among the water, agricultural and energy sectors through heightened water conservation, availability, accessibility and quality.

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IRENA, ADFD Announce Project Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities[viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD) Project Facility has announced US$57 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries around the world. The joint facility promotes renewable energy as a focus for foreign development assistance with long-term sustainable development benefits.

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Event: World Environment Day 2015[viewed]

This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.

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Event: South Takes Action: 2015 Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions[viewed]

This conference will facilitate South-led initiatives on climate change, connecting government, business, civil society and social enterprise leaders from the global South for "a different kind of debate on climate - a debate led by the South, for the benefit of the whole world".

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Event: 17th Session of the WMO Congress[viewed]

The 17th session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congress will be held from 25 May to 12 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum[viewed]

The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is organised on the theme of 'Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda'.

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UNDP Reports Development Results, Challenges in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a report on its development results in 36 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. It stresses the need for continued progress in reducing poverty, conserving natural resources, strengthening democratic governance and building resilience, in order to reduce inequality and eliminate poverty in the region.

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Pacific Islands Prioritize Mercury Waste Management[viewed]

Addressing the first ever sub-regional workshop on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi emphasized that the sound management of waste and chemicals is crucial for protecting human health and the environment in small island developing States (SIDS). David Sheppard, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General urged all countries that have not already done so, to begin ratify the convention as soon as possible.

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