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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 2 February 2016
January 2016 Climate Finance Update
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February_2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management. continued...
January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
Read More: January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
February_2016: During the month of January, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank released reports related to financing and deploying clean energy. continued...
Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory
Read More: Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory
26_January 2016: Sri Lanka destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia. The country said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul: more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes were displayed in the capital before being fed into a crusher and sent to an industrial furnace. continued...
UN Prepares 'Agenda for Humanity'
Read More: UN Prepares 'Agenda for Humanity'
25_January 2016: An 'Agenda for Humanity' will outline five core responsibilities of UN Member States, as part of a report being launched ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), said UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordination Stephen O'Brien in a briefing in New York. continued...
E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action
Read More: E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action
22_January 2016: The E15 Initiative, organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), released a series of papers on policy options for responding to critical global challenges, along with recommendations for reshaping the global trade and investment system. According to the Initiative, further work is needed to gain clarity on national actions that countries must take to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. continued...
European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal
Read More: European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal
14_January 2016: With support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the European Timber Trade Federation has launched a one-stop, online information platform designed to enhance and facilitate legal trade in timber. The platform is focused primarily on tropical species. continued...
PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015
Read More: PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015
January_2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC). continued...
UN Highlights "Slow-Onset Disaster" in Ethiopia, Calls for Political Solution to Syrian Crisis
Read More: UN Highlights "Slow-Onset Disaster" in Ethiopia, Calls for Political Solution to Syrian Crisis
26_January 2016: UN agencies called for substantial humanitarian financing as the Syrian crisis and exodus of migrants into Europe continue, and severe drought conditions threaten the food supply of 10.2 million people in Ethiopia. continued...
France, India Inaugurate International Solar Alliance
Read More: France, India Inaugurate International Solar Alliance
25_January 2016: During an official visit to India, French President Francois Hollande discussed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the commitment of the two countries to address clean and sustainable development, climate change, the International Solar Alliance, sustainable consumption and production patterns, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable urban development and transport. continued...
Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Group for Every Woman Every Child
Read More: Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Group for Every Woman Every Child
20_January 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) who will help provide leadership for women's, children's and adolescents' health during the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile, and Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, will co-chair the Group. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland, and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, are alternate Co-Chairs. continued...
WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño
Read More: WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño
22_January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts. continued...
IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling
Read More: IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling
21_January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016. continued...
Symposium Calls on Japan to Foster G7 Discussion of 2030 Agenda
Read More: Symposium Calls on Japan to Foster G7 Discussion of 2030 Agenda
15_January 2016: Participants at a symposium in Tokyo recommended that Japan, during its Presidency of the Group of seven (G7), foster discussion of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to promote national implementation. The symposium, titled 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transforming Japan and the World,' was organized by Keio University and the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Expert Group Meeting on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1 Feb - 3 Feb
16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 2 Feb - 4 Feb
Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 2 Feb - 5 Feb
Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific Washington D.C., US 3 Feb
54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development New York City, US 3 Feb - 12 Feb
Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 11 Feb
Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS Countries Moscow, Moskva, Russian Federation 11 Feb
UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation New York City, US 11 Feb
7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management Tehran, Iran 15 Feb - 16 Feb
Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 16 Feb
International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 17 Feb
2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU San Jose, Costa Rica 15 Feb - 19 Feb
ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 15 Feb - 19 Feb
39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Feb - 18 Feb
Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar: Transformative Financing for the Achievement of Gender Equality by 2030 Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 18 Feb - 19 Feb
 
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