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Latest News - 15 April 2014
CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda
12_April_2014: The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded its 47th session, at which keynote speakers addressed: dignity and human rights; population and sustainable development; and the ‘unfinished agenda' of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 process. continued...
UNFCCC Publishes 2013-2015 Review Submissions from the EU, Canada and Others
Read More: UNFCCC Publishes 2013-2015 Review Submissions from the EU, Canada and Others
9_April_2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the 2013-2015 review of the long-term global goal, containing parties' views on the future work of the structured expert dialogue (SED), including the further use of different sources of information (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.1), and on how the review's outcomes will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.2). continued...
CIFOR Analyzes Challenges to REDD+ in Six Countries
Read More: CIFOR Analyzes Challenges to REDD+ in Six Countries
April_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report analyzing the implementation of REDD+ in six countries. 'The challenges of establishing REDD+ on the ground' covers 23 sub-national programmes, concluding that the greatest challenges facing REDD+ implementation are inadequate economic incentives coupled with insecure land tenure and use rights. continued...
Bioversity International Examines Legal Frameworks for Fruit Tree Conservation in Central Asia
Read More: Bioversity International Examines Legal Frameworks for Fruit Tree Conservation in Central Asia
April_2014: In the report, 'Conservation of fruit tree diversity in Central Asia: Policy options and challenges,' Bioversity International investigates the legal and policy frameworks affecting the conservation of horticultural and wild fruit species' genetic diversity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  continued...
Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU
Read More: Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU
12_April_2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade.  continued...
CIFOR Links Chinese Logging Ban to Illegal Logging in Mozambique
Read More: CIFOR Links Chinese Logging Ban to Illegal Logging in Mozambique
9_April_2014: A case study co-authored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) explores the links between a domestic logging ban in China and illegal logging in Mozambique. The paper , titled 'Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-Offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems,' notes that although the export of raw logs was banned by Mozambique in 2007, the volume of logs imported by China is between three and five times higher than officially reported. continued...
UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning
Read More: UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning
8_April_2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP). continued...
International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Releases 2013 Annual Report
Read More: International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Releases 2013 Annual Report
28_March_2014: The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has released its 2013 Annual Report, highlighting achievements by its member countries to improve energy efficiency through policy, regulatory and financial mechanisms. It also provides an overview of various sectoral initiatives for industry, buildings, appliances and equipment, and energy provision. continued...
ESCAP Evaluation Week Calls for Strengthening National Capacities
Read More: ESCAP Evaluation Week Calls for Strengthening National Capacities
9_April_2014: A high-level panel discussion on Evaluation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda took place during UN Evaluation Week at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Panelists urged countries in the region to strengthen national evaluation capacities and adopt better monitoring and evaluation tools, in view of the emerging post-2015 development agenda. continued...
UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms
Read More: UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms
9_April_2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) is working to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxic species often described as red tides. HABs threaten desalination efforts and water security as well as the economy and health of arid nations, according to UNESCO. continued...
Pacific Ministers Recommend Including Transport in SDGs
Read More: Pacific Ministers Recommend Including Transport in SDGs
7_April_2014: Transport and energy are key enablers for development, according to participants at the second Pacific Regional Energy and Transport (Aviation and Maritime) Ministers Meeting, organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Pacific ministers adopted the Denerau Communiqué, which calls for including transport in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate
Read More: Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate
5_April_2014: The Second Mekong Summit was organized around the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.' The Conference focused on three key issues: climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; sustainable development and the water, energy and food nexus; and the benefits of cooperation. continued...
World Bank Assesses Cost-Benefit of Black Carbon Controls in Transport
Read More: World Bank Assesses Cost-Benefit of Black Carbon Controls in Transport
2_April_2014: The World Bank has released a report titled 'Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles: Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis,' which attempts to quantify both the health and climate benefits from a variety of measures that could reduce transportation-related black carbon emissions. continued...
CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat
Read More: CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat
31_March_2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat. continued...
OECD Reports Development Aid at All-Time High
Read More: OECD Reports Development Aid at All-Time High
8_April_2014: Development aid reached its highest level in 2013, according to an annual survey of donor spending plans by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Donors provided US$134.8 billion in net official development assistance (ODA) in 2013, a 6.1% increase in development aid in real terms. continued...
UNFCCC LEG Reviews Implementation of 2013-2014 Work Programme
Read More: UNFCCC LEG Reviews Implementation of 2013-2014 Work Programme
8_April_2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary report of the 25th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which, among other things, reviewed progress on implementation of the LEG work programme for 2013-2014.  continued...
Arab Sustainable Development Forum Discusses MDG Progress, Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: Arab Sustainable Development Forum Discusses MDG Progress, Post-2015 Agenda
6_April_2014: Participants called for developing an Arab strategy for sustainable development and a road map to invest in the green economy, at the Arab High Level Forum for Sustainable Development. The meeting served as the Arab regional preparation for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR). continued...
Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets
Read More: Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets
4_April_2014: Upon conclusion of the 13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, which was hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tony A. de Brum, Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, announced that the "alliance of progressive countries has for the first time forged a common purpose around a set of objectives for a new climate agreement, due to be signed in 2015". continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
ECOSOC Global Dialogue on Financing for Development New York City, US 14 Apr - 15 Apr
First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 15 Apr - 16 Apr
World Green Economy Summit 2014 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 15 Apr - 16 Apr
Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Apr - 17 Apr
Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS New York City, US 21 Apr - 25 Apr
Global Ocean Action Summit The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 22 Apr - 25 Apr
UNESCAP and UNECE Inter-regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency Investment Projects Pipeline Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 23 Apr - 24 Apr
Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting Milan, Lombardia, Italy 24 Apr - 27 Apr
Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue Manila, Philippines 27 Apr - 29 Apr
27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session Veracruz, Mexico 28 Apr - 8 May
Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN Jakarta, Indonesia 5 May - 6 May
Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs New York City, US 5 May - 9 May
Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the HLPF Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 7 May - 9 May
13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13) New York City, US 12 May - 23 May
Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century Nadi, Western, Fiji 12 May - 23 May
 
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