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Latest News - 28 October 2014
Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System
Read More: Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System
27_October 2014: Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.' continued...
Philippines National Budget "Tags" Climate Change Response Funds
Read More: Philippines National Budget "Tags" Climate Change Response Funds
24_October 2014: In the Philippines, 53 national agencies have begun the process of "tagging" proposed climate change funding in their 2015 national budget submissions. With over 5% of the total tagged as climate change expenditures, the system intends to make the tracking, strategy and prioritization of the national response to climate change more transparent. continued...
Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution
Read More: Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution
22_October 2014: Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories reviewed and updated the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) strategy, which is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The strategy aims to address transboundary marine pollution in the Pacific islands through both control and prevention measures. continued...
Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia
Read More: Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia
24_October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems." continued...
Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate
Read More: Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate
23_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication. continued...
International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide
Read More: International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide
23_October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species. continued...
Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project
Read More: Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project
22_October 2014: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have joined the 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)' project of the World Bank. The three countries expect to share information, innovative practices, and the results of their efforts to conserve wildlife and address poaching, including for tigers. continued...
CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition
Read More: CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition
16_October 2014: The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 photo competition held under the campaign theme 'Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism' has concluded. Winners were picked from 37 photos of migratory birds taken in 22 different countries. continued...
Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
Read More: Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
10_October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance. continued...
World Bank Study Tour Introduces Asian Participants to Dutch Flood Management
Read More: World Bank Study Tour Introduces Asian Participants to Dutch Flood Management
8_October_2014: Decision makers and practitioners from Bangladesh, China, the Philippines and Viet Nam participated in a World Bank supported study tour to the Netherlands to learn about water resources management and flood protection. continued...
Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism
Read More: Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism
September_2014: The Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include a reference, in his forthcoming synthesis report, to the importance of a review mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
Read More: OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
23_October 2014: Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty. continued...
FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
Read More: FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
22_October 2014: The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the ‘Action Against Desertification' programme in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The €41 million programme aims to enhance sustainable land management (SLM) and restore degraded lands and drylands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. continued...
CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management
Read More: CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management
21_October 2014: Mandated by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat will be cooperating with the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management to prepare technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and prepare an analysis of the impacts of 'subsistence use' of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, as well as support Parties in developing and implementing integrated sustainable wildlife management programmes. continued...
Cambodia Implements Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions Programme
Read More: Cambodia Implements Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions Programme
3_October_2014: With the support of SNV, Cambodia has been promoting the development and diffusion of a business model for efficient cookstoves that run on renewable biomass fuels. The programme, known as 'Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions (ACCS),' aims to increase both the supply and distribution of the stoves. A number of studies have been completed under the programme, including a market assessment, fuel comparisons and stove testing. continued...
LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing
Read More: LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing
22_October 2014: The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, which was initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions. continued...
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
Read More: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
21_October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013. continued...
Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries
Read More: Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries
20_October 2014: During a two-day workshop, participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam discussed how agriculture-based interventions, in particular crop diversification, can strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. continued...
Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
Read More: Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
16_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues. continued...
Climate Field School Increases Agricultural Productivity, Food Security
Read More: Climate Field School Increases Agricultural Productivity, Food Security
21_October 2014: The Climate Field School, organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with the Agriculture Agency of Banten Province in the village of Gempolsari, convened for a three-month session from 14 July to 3 October 2014, during which farmers reported a 25% increase in corn harvests. continued...
UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion
Read More: UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion
21_October 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched an industrial refrigeration project, titled ‘Reducing greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance emissions through technology transfer in industrial refrigeration.' The project was launched in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to help the country address climate change and ozone layer depletion challenges. continued...
ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region
Read More: ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region
10_October 2014: Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 26 Oct - 30 Oct
Global Dialogue on Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 27 Oct - 28 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) Singapore, Singapore 27 Oct - 31 Oct
ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the APAC Region Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 28 Oct - 30 Oct
REDD+ Academy – Asia Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia 28 Oct - 7 Nov
First Bangladesh SE4ALL Investor Forum Dhaka, Bangladesh 29 Oct - 30 Oct
Ninth International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT 9) Beijing, China 29 Oct - 31 Oct
Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition Nairobi, Kenya 29 Oct - 31 Oct
Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 Beijing, China 29 Oct - 31 Oct
ESCAP Seminar on Sustainable Development Financing Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 31 Oct
42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 2 Nov - 3 Nov
CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov
5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Nov - 5 Nov
 
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