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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 21 June 2016
CSOs Address SDG Progress in Asia-Pacific, Reflect on Partnerships and UNDS
Read More: CSOs Address SDG Progress in Asia-Pacific, Reflect on Partnerships and UNDS
20_June_2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) reflect on the Asia-Pacific region's progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and present a global SDG Index and Dashboard. Two reports by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) analyze the term "partnership" in the context of aspirations under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reflect on the UN Development System (UNDS), respectively. Another contribution focuses on finance and the urban agenda. continued...
CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management
Read More: CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management
20_June_2016: The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June. continued...
Oslo REDD Exchange Discusses Implementation, Cross-Cutting Themes
Read More: Oslo REDD Exchange Discusses Implementation, Cross-Cutting Themes
16_June_2016: The Oslo REDD Exchange 2016 shared ideas, experiences and perspectives among professionals and leaders working on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). Discussions focused on REDD+ implementation at national and subnational levels in light of the Paris Agreement, and cross-cutting themes, including on financing options, corporate supply chain commitments, indigenous peoples and monitoring technologies. continued...
Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity
Read More: Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity
13_June_2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea. continued...
April-June 2016 NAMA Update: Linkages Among NAMAs, NDCs and Finance Explored for Enhanced Implementation and Support
Read More: April-June 2016 NAMA Update: Linkages Among NAMAs, NDCs and Finance Explored for Enhanced Implementation and Support
20_June_2016: This periodic update focuses on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, events and activities, for the period from mid-April 2016 to mid-June 2016. During this period, a number of workshops were organized on capacity building for NAMA design and implementation. The linkages among NAMAs, nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and finance also received attention. continued...
Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund
Read More: Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund
18_June_2016: The 44th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) were held in Bonn, Germany, from 16-26 May 2016. The sessions presented the first opportunity for Parties to consider Paris mandates on capacity building and technology development and transfer, including the terms of reference (ToR) for the Paris Committee on Capacity-building, the Paris Agreement's technology framework, and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism in the context of how it serves the Paris Agreement. continued...
On WDCD, Canada Announces Intention to Rejoin UNCCD, China Launches Restoration Initiative along Silk Road
Read More: On WDCD, Canada Announces Intention to Rejoin UNCCD, China Launches Restoration Initiative along Silk Road
17_June_2016: On World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), commemorated on 17 June, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), China and other partners launched the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action Initiative to Combat Desertification,' which aims to link land rehabilitation efforts across Asia, Europe and Africa. The UNCCD also welcomed Canada's formal announcement that it intends to rejoin the UNCCD at the earliest opportunity, following its withdrawal in 2014. continued...
SPC Provides Baselines for Educational Outcomes
Read More: SPC Provides Baselines for Educational Outcomes
17_June_2016: A Pacific Community education benchmarking project has reported on its pilot phase conducted in three countries: Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands. The Pacific Benchmarking for Education Results (PaBER) pilot project was conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with support from the Australian Government, from July 2012 to March 2016, to provide a baseline to monitor the three countries' educational systems' performance and learning outcomes, with a view to improving the quality of school education in the Pacific. continued...
EU and Member States Advance Paris Agreement Ratification
Read More: EU and Member States Advance Paris Agreement Ratification
15_June_2016: French President François Hollande signed, on 15 June, a bill formally ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change. France, which held the Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) and helped usher in the Paris Agreement in December 2015, follows Hungary, which was the first EU member State to ratify, passing legislation unanimously in support of the Agreement on 24 May. continued...
PacWaste Provides Incinerators for Heathcare Waste
Read More: PacWaste Provides Incinerators for Heathcare Waste
14_June_2016: The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has installed and commissioned four of 26 state-of-the-art healthcare waste incinerators. PacWaste is providing the incinerators in response to a 2013 survey finding that none of the region's key hospitals and health clinics met minimum standards for proper management of hazardous healthcare wastes, in large part due to the lack of appropriate incinerators and training in best practices. continued...
Report Proposes Replacing Middle “Income” Countries with Middle “Development” Countries
Read More: Report Proposes Replacing Middle “Income” Countries with Middle “Development” Countries
May_2016:_The category of “Middle Income Countries” (MICs) should be replaced by “Middle Development Countries” (MDCs), suggests a report prepared for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) by Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute, Brazil. The report provides background information on MICs for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system (UNDS) in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. continued...
PacWaste Survey Identifies Support for Asbestos Ban
Read More: PacWaste Survey Identifies Support for Asbestos Ban
15_June_2016: The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) released the results of a survey showing that young Pacific islanders report having little or no knowledge about asbestos and its associated health risks. The survey also reveals broad support for a regional ban on imports of materials containing asbestos. continued...
Four Countries Share Summaries of 2016 National Reviews
Read More: Four Countries Share Summaries of 2016 National Reviews
15_June_2016: Egypt, Estonia, the Republic of Korea and Samoa have submitted inputs ahead of their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Their summaries outline initiatives taken to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the national level, as well as next steps, challenges and lessons learned. The documents are available on the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) platform for inputs to the 2016 HLPF. continued...
Global Nutrition Report Reveals Rising Malnutrition in All Countries
Read More: Global Nutrition Report Reveals Rising Malnutrition in All Countries
13_June_2016: The 2016 Global Nutrition Report (GNR 2016) shows that malnutrition, including both undernutrition and adult overweight and obesity, is increasing in every country around the world and increasingly becoming a key driver of disease such as diabetes and cardiovascular illness. The Report calls on decision makers around the world to strengthen commitments to tackle all forms of malnutrition, including increasing funding and improving budget allocations, improving data collection and analysis, investing in evidence-based solutions, and integrating the prevention and control of diabetes and obesity in programmes addressing undernutrition. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Global Workshop on Enhancing National Cooperation and Coordination for the Implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 20 Jun - 22 Jun
First Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco 23 Jun - 24 Jun
G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting #3 Beijing, China 28 Jun
First Meeting of UN-REDD Programme Executive Board Rome, Lazio, Italy 28 Jun - 29 Jun
13th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund Incheon, Republic of Korea 28 Jun - 30 Jun
Fourth Green Industry Conference Ulsan, South Gyeongsang (Kyongsang-Namdo), Republic of Korea 28 Jun - 30 Jun
G20 Energy Ministers Meeting Beijing, China 29 Jun - 30 Jun
Third Consultation on Compilation of Submissions on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes New York City, US 30 Jun
First OECD-Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Meeting Kyoto, Japan 30 Jun - 1 Jul
7th Petersberg Climate Dialogue Petersberg, Germany 3 Jul - 5 Jul
116th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council London, England, UK 4 Jul - 8 Jul
Regional Workshop on Enhancing Capacities for the ESM of E-waste in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Countries Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 5 Jul - 7 Jul
Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 6 Jul - 8 Jul
32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries Rome, Lazio, Italy 11 Jul - 15 Jul
NAP Expo 2016 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 11 Jul - 15 Jul
 
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