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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 19 May 2015
Pew Reports Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Countries
Read More: Pew Reports Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Countries
19_May_2015: The Clean Energy Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report highlighting global trends in electricity investment. The report, titled 'Power Shifts—Emerging Clean Energy Markets,' finds that investment in electricity infrastructure is shifting from industrialized countries to the developing world and from fossil fuels to clean energy. The report projects that renewables will account for 54% of new global power capacity over the next 15 years. continued...
IRENA: Renewable Energy Employs 7.7 Million People Worldwide
Read More: IRENA: Renewable Energy Employs 7.7 Million People Worldwide
19_May_2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report stating that the renewable energy industry employs more than 7.7 million people worldwide, an 18% increase from 6.5 million in 2014. The report, titled ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015,' also provides, for the first time, a global estimate of jobs supported by large hydropower. continued...
UNDP Launches EnergyPlus Guidelines
Read More: UNDP Launches EnergyPlus Guidelines
18_May_2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a toolkit for planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating energy access programmes that promote productive energy uses for improved livelihoods. The report, titled ‘The EnergyPlus Guidelines,' was released at a UNDP-organized session on Energy for Productive Uses held at the Second SE4ALL Forum, taking place 18-21 May 2015 in New York City, US. continued...
IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code
Read More: IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code
15_May_2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory. continued...
Post-2015 Negotiations Begin Discussion on Follow-up and Review
Read More: Post-2015 Negotiations Begin Discussion on Follow-up and Review
18_May_2015: The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda opened on 18 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The five-day session is focusing on follow-up and review of the post-2015 agenda. continued...
BRS COPs Adopt Over 50 Decisions
Read More: BRS COPs Adopt Over 50 Decisions
15_May_2015: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (BC COP12), the seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (RC COP7), and the seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (SC COP7) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow.” continued...
India, China Express Support for Successful Paris Climate Conference
Read More: India, China Express Support for Successful Paris Climate Conference
15_May_2015: China and India published a joint statement on climate change in which the two major economies express their full support for the success of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference, to be held in December 2015. The statement was issued during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China, during which he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. continued...
Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference
Read More: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference
15_May_2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP). continued...
Consultation Opens on Sustainable Use of PGRFA
Read More: Consultation Opens on Sustainable Use of PGRFA
8_May_2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has opened the electronic consultation on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The consultation, based on an electronic survey, will be open until 24 May 2015. continued...
Spain Signs CMS Raptors MoU
Read More: Spain Signs CMS Raptors MoU
4_May_2015: Spain signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), developed under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), on 4 May 2015, bringing the number of Signatories to 52. continued...
ESCAP Reports Overall Poverty Reduction, But Greater Gap between "Haves and Have-Nots"
Read More: ESCAP Reports Overall Poverty Reduction, But Greater Gap between "Haves and Have-Nots"
14_May_2015: The UN 'Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015' reports overall reduction in poverty across the region, but notes a widening gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” For the first time, the report calculates an "Index of Inclusiveness," based on five economic, five social and five environmental core indicators, so as to capture the three dimensions of sustainable development. continued...
SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress
Read More: SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress
18_May_2015: According to the second edition of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Global Tracking Framework, the world has made more rapid progress on sustainable energy during 2010-2012 than the period from 1990-2010, measured in the first edition of the Framework. The report cautions, however, that efforts must further accelerate to achieve SE4ALL's three goals of: doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix; doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement; and ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030. continued...
Tibetan Leader Appointed Mountain Partnership Ambassador
Read More: Tibetan Leader Appointed Mountain Partnership Ambassador
15_May_2015: His Holiness (HH) the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang has been appointed as Mountain Partnership Ambassador in order to “inspire goodwill toward improving the quality of life and sustaining healthy environments in the world's mountain regions.” Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), announced the appointment on 6 May 2015, at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, US. continued...
UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific
Read More: UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific
13_May_2015: In January 2014, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The Inquiry's initial research in the Asia-Pacific region, compiled for the Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) in Asia and the Pacific, has revealed that redirecting US$2.5 trillion annually toward green and inclusive economic activities in the region is crucial for sustainable development. continued...
SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter
Read More: SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter
8_May_2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands. continued...
Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue
Read More: Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue
14_May_2015: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is set to convene the Second Annual SE4ALL Forum under the theme ‘Financing Sustainable Energy for All'. The Forum, to be held from 18-21 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, will include the launch of the Global SE4ALL Commitment Platform, two-days of Multi-Stakeholder sessions and the first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN. continued...
UNEP Report: Illegally Traded and Dumped Waste Endangers Workers, Threatens Environment
Read More: UNEP Report: Illegally Traded and Dumped Waste Endangers Workers, Threatens Environment
12_May_2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on illegal trading and dumping of waste around the world. The report includes the finding that up to 90% of the world's electronic waste (e-waste) is illegally traded or dumped each year, and notes that of the food produced for human consumption globally, approximately one third is lost or wasted. Titled ‘Waste Crime - Waste Risks: Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge,' the report was launched at the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. continued...
World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Highlights Importance of Bird-Friendly Energy Technologies
Read More: World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Highlights Importance of Bird-Friendly Energy Technologies
10_May_2015: World Migratory Bird Day 2015 was celebrated on 9-10 May 2015 in over 80 countries, under the theme 'Energy - make it bird-friendly!' The theme highlighted the importance of deploying clean energy technologies in a way that minimizes impacts on migratory birds and their habitats. continued...
MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts
Read More: MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts
May_2015:_The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015. continued...
GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China
Read More: GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China
30_April_2015: The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Contaminated Site Management Project to help clean up contaminated sites and improve soil pollution management in two provinces in China. Qing Wang, World Bank, said the project will help the Government of China sustainably manage contaminated sites and reduce environmental and health risks, while contributing to China's implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC) on the Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). continued...
FAO, Partners, Mark 3rd Anniversary of Voluntary Guidelines on Land
Read More: FAO, Partners, Mark 3rd Anniversary of Voluntary Guidelines on Land
May_2015:_The May 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines. continued...
Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development
Read More: Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development
7_May_2015: The second session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development concluded with adoption of the Bahrain Document, which highlights the importance of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the need to promote an enabling environment for achieving sustainable development in the post-2015 era. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue Berlin, Germany 17 May - 19 May
Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum New York City, US 18 May - 21 May
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session New York City, US 18 May - 22 May
First Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 19 May - 20 May
World Hydropower Congress 2015 Beijing, China 19 May - 21 May
World Education Forum Incheon, Republic of Korea 19 May - 22 May
IWC Scientific Committee Meeting San Diego, CA, US 19 May - 3 Jun
Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 20 May
Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 21 May - 22 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 worldwide 22 May
Seventh Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan 22 May - 23 May
Workshop on Corruption Risks and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Climate Aid Manila, Philippines 25 May - 27 May
17th Session of the WMO Congress Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 25 May - 12 Jun
Intersessional Consultations for FfD3 New York City, US 26 May - 29 May
Second Blue Planet Symposium Cairns, Queensland, Australia 27 May - 29 May
 
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