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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 30 June 2015
UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Climate Change
Read More: UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Climate Change
29_June_2015: "We must act with courage," UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa told UN Member States gathered at the High-Level Event on Climate Change he hosted. He called for "bold, collective action" to "reverse the current trends and preserve our planet." The High-Level Event was convened at the midpoint between the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC and COP 21, and aimed to provide political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement. continued...
BASIC Ministers Outline Views on Paris Agreement
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28_June_2015: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 20th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: the outcomes of the previous sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); the upcoming sessions of the ADP; and the elements of the expected Paris Agreement. continued...
Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14
Read More: Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14
23_June_2015: Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14). continued...
Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft
Read More: Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft
25_June_2015: UN Member States and civil society provided their reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, at the sixth session of intergovernmental negotiations in the process. The zero draft was issued by Co-Facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, on 2 June. continued...
Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade
Read More: Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade
26_June_2015: The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community. continued...
UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime
Read More: UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime
24_June_2015: In its annual review of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the need to harmonize the “global patchwork” of over 3,300 international investment agreements and to direct investment flows toward inclusive and sustainable development. continued...
US, China Cooperate on CCS, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
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24_June_2015: The US and China have announced cooperation on two new carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as part of ongoing climate change cooperation being undertaken by the US-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The two projects and a number of other plans for further cooperation on climate change mitigation were announced during a series of high-level climate change events held between the two governments in Washington DC, US, from 22-23 June 2015. continued...
Publication Highlights Insights on Sustainable Management of Mountain Soils
Read More: Publication Highlights Insights on Sustainable Management of Mountain Soils
23_June_2015: ‘Understanding Mountain Soils,' a joint publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the University of Turin, offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils as a contribution to the International Year of Soils 2015. The publication was launched on the opening day of the GSP Plenary Assembly in Rome, Italy. continued...
Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime
Read More: Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime
18_June_2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises. continued...
Bioversity Supported Seedbank Strengthens Community-based Biodiversity Conservation
Read More: Bioversity Supported Seedbank Strengthens Community-based Biodiversity Conservation
18_June_2015: Supported by Bioversity International and the Deendayal Research Institute, a new community seedbank is strengthening the capacity of indigenous farmers in the southern foothills of the Himalayas to save and re-use seed and to sustainably manage their agricultural biodiversity. continued...
UN-REDD Reports on 2014 Activities
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June_2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released its 'Sixth Consolidated Annual Progress Report,' which covers the Programme's achievements in 2014. Overall, the report notes that in 2014, 56 countries participated as partner countries with US$47.8 million in funding allocated to activities in 2014. continued...
UNICEF Report Concludes MDGs “Not Ambitious Enough” for Children Most in Need
Read More: UNICEF Report Concludes MDGs “Not Ambitious Enough” for Children Most in Need
23_June_2015: A report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the achievement of child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has concluded that, despite significant achievements, unequal opportunities have resulted for millions of children who die before they turn five, live in poverty, lack access to schooling and suffer from chronic malnutrition. In future efforts to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report recommends focusing on the most disadvantaged of children and those who have been left behind. continued...
ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Outcomes of Benefit-Sharing Fund-Supported Project in Northern India
Read More: ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Outcomes of Benefit-Sharing Fund-Supported Project in Northern India
19_June_2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has reported on the outcomes of 'Seeds for Life,' a project in Northern India supported by the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. The report highlights yield improvements in rice and wheat agriculture, development of resilient crop varieties, and conservation of such varieties on-farm and in local seed banks. continued...
‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism
Read More: ‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism
19_June_2015: Participants agreed on a plan of action to strengthen tourism in the Pacific region at a marine-based ecotourism conference. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is expected to discuss the project and its framework at its annual meeting in September 2015. continued...
World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer
Read More: World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer
18_June_2015: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the period 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives. continued...
IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development
Read More: IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development
15_June_2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published a report on remittances from migrant workers based in Europe, calling for measures to ensure that the money helps families in developing countries build a better future. Titled ‘Sending Money Home: European flows and markets,' the report recommends measures to increase the financial resilience of remittance recipients, such as improving access to associated financial services, and lowering the transaction costs of financial transfers, which they estimate could free up around US$34 billion for development in rural areas. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Third High-level Political Forum New York City, US 26 Jun - 8 Jul
Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment TBA 29 Jun - 3 Jul
2015 Regional Forum on Climate Change Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 1 Jul - 3 Jul
10th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund Songdo, Republic of Korea 6 Jul - 9 Jul
World Leaders' Conservation Forum 2015 Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea 7 Jul - 9 Jul
ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review New York City, US 9 Jul - 10 Jul
VII BRICS Summit Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation 9 Jul - 10 Jul
Caux Dialogue on Land and Security Caux, Vaud, Switzerland 10 Jul - 14 Jul
Civil Society Organization Financing for Development Forum Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 11 Jul - 12 Jul
Oceania Regional Conservation Forum Suva, Central, Fiji 13 Jul - 15 Jul
Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 13 Jul - 16 Jul
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop Yeosu, South Jeolla (Cholla-Namdo), Republic of Korea 13 Jul - 17 Jul
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions New York City, US 20 Jul - 31 Jul
CEM Bangladesh Off-Grid Appliance and Clean Energy System Industry Networking Event Dhaka, Bangladesh 31 Jul - 1 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples US (worldwide) 9 Aug
 
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