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Latest News - 16 December 2014
MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015
Read More: MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015
15_December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life. continued...
WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks
Read More: WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks
10_December 2014: The 11th regular session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) agreed on a number of Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs), including actions to: modify measures for bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna; mitigate impacts of fishing on sharks; and establish a harvesting strategy for key fisheries and stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. continued...
Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation
Read More: Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation
8_December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement. continued...
ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking
Read More: ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking
13_November 2014: The 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) concluded with the issuance of declarations and statements on a number of transboundary issues of common concern including Ebola, wildlife trafficking, disaster response and terrorism. On wildlife trafficking, 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member States, as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the US, adopted the 'Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.' continued...
Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris
Read More: Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris
14_December 2014: The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015. continued...
CIFOR Project Prepares PES Guide
Read More: CIFOR Project Prepares PES Guide
12_December 2014: As part of a project on land tenure and use rights in Indonesia the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) developed a guide on conducting feasibility assessments for payments for ecosystem services (PES). continued...
COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal
Read More: COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal
11_December 2014: The Government of Peru has launched the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (Nazca) Climate Action Portal to increase the visibility of climate actions being undertaken by cities, regions, companies and investors. The portal was developed with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and launched on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. continued...
Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy
Read More: Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy
11_December 2014: The Third Arab Water Forum closed with a reminder to all participants that “regional realities” and innovative solutions must be part of the regional input to addressing global water challenges, in a call by Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, at the forum in Cairo, Egypt. continued...
SPREP's EbA, Ridge-to-Reef Approach to Support Resilience, Reforestation in Solomon Islands
Read More: SPREP's EbA, Ridge-to-Reef Approach to Support Resilience, Reforestation in Solomon Islands
8_December 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is implementing an ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) project to rehabilitate and restore forests in Choiseul province, Solomon Islands. The project will also promote soil stability, reduce sediment flow and support water catchment areas. continued...
Bioversity Supports Regional Collaboration on Forest Genetic Resources in Asia and the Pacific
Read More: Bioversity Supports Regional Collaboration on Forest Genetic Resources in Asia and the Pacific
December_2014: Bioversity International has released the 2014-2016 Strategy for the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN), which focuses on regional collaboration and support for the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in the Asia and the Pacific Region. continued...
CIFOR Draws Lessons from Valuation in Indonesia
Read More: CIFOR Draws Lessons from Valuation in Indonesia
December_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a brief on the outcomes of discussions on environmental valuation approaches in Indonesia. The discussions identified steps to improve coordination throughout the valuation process and to enhance the contribution of valuation to improved environmental governance. continued...
World Bank Approves Solid Waste Management Project in China
Read More: World Bank Approves Solid Waste Management Project in China
14_November 2014: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Municipal Solid Waste Management Project, with a US$12 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to China. The project aims to improve the environmental performance of municipal solid waste incinerators through capacity building and demonstration of best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) in accordance with the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). continued...
Conference Addresses Solid Waste Management Technology in Asia-Pacific
Read More: Conference Addresses Solid Waste Management Technology in Asia-Pacific
November_2014: The Ninth International Conference on Solid Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT 9) met under the theme 'Towards Closed Loop of Waste Management,' and addressed: e-waste policy; national-level policy regarding fluorescent lamp collection and treatment; hazardous waste management; opportunities and challenges for contaminated sites management and remediation; solid waste disposal technology and industry development; promotion of technical assistance and technology transfer in Asia and the Pacific; Basel Convention implementation in Asia and the Pacific; and the management and treatment technologies of solid waste, such as hazardous waste, e-waste, biomass, industrial waste and contaminated sites. continued...
UNECE Convention on Transboundary Industrial Accidents Meets 30 Years after Bhopal
Read More: UNECE Convention on Transboundary Industrial Accidents Meets 30 Years after Bhopal
5_December 2014: The eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, which opened 30 years to the day after the largest chemical accident in history, reviewed progress made in implementing the Convention, discussed its future development and coverage of chemical substances with health and environmental risks, and considered opening the Convention to accession by states beyond the region. continued...
ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants
Read More: ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants
December_2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. continued...
Iraq Joins ITPGR
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December_2014: Iraq has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of parties to 133. continued...
WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy
Read More: WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy
10_December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability. continued...
Think Tanks Offer Perspectives on 2015 Agreement, US-China Cooperation
Read More: Think Tanks Offer Perspectives on 2015 Agreement, US-China Cooperation
9_December 2014: China's National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) organized an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference that explored the interactions between bilateral and international processes, with a focus on the potential to reach a climate agreement in Paris in 2015. Think tanks from around the world offered their perspectives at the event, 'International Cooperation: Towards the 2015 Agreement: A Perspective from International Think Tanks.' continued...
ITTO and Japan Release Updated REDD+ Information Booklet
Read More: ITTO and Japan Release Updated REDD+ Information Booklet
9_December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan released an updated version of the REDD+ booklet highlighting relevant findings from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). continued...
Syr Darya Basin Focus of Push for Transboundary Cooperation
Read More: Syr Darya Basin Focus of Push for Transboundary Cooperation
4_December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) convened an assessment workshop for the Syr Darya Basin covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The assessment is part of the ‘nexus approach' designed to link water, food security and energy. continued...
Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General
Read More: Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General
2_December 2014: UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has welcomed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, describing it as a “landmark deal on trade” in an Op-ed. The WTO General Council adopted the Trade Facilitation Protocol of Amendment on 27 November 2014, a step that allows implementation to begin and makes the Facility operational. continued...
New Zealand, Pacific Community Sign 10-Year Pact
Read More: New Zealand, Pacific Community Sign 10-Year Pact
9_December 2014: The Government of New Zealand and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a partnership arrangement for 2014-2024, under which the SPC will take on long-term development initiatives in the areas of fisheries, agriculture, statistics, geoscience, public health and capacity building. continued...
Five Countries Submit Forest Data to UNFCCC
Read More: Five Countries Submit Forest Data to UNFCCC
8_December 2014: On the occasion of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico submitted their national data on forest sector emission reductions. continued...
ABNJ Tuna Project Launches Shark Assessment and Management Activities
Read More: ABNJ Tuna Project Launches Shark Assessment and Management Activities
8_December 2014: The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna project launched its shark and bycatch activities at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Annual Meeting in Apia, Samoa. The project aims to reduce the impact of tuna fisheries on marine ecosystems, support implementation of sustainable, efficient fisheries management practices and reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through strengthened and harmonized monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS). continued...
IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign
Read More: IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign
8_December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a campaign ‘Recipes for Change' to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries, and how small-scale farmers can adapt. A series of Recipes for Change online videos will share recipes from rural communities, being prepared in the homes of rural families and using local ingredients that are threatened by climate change. continued...
IUCN ROWA Highlights Conservation in West Asia
Read More: IUCN ROWA Highlights Conservation in West Asia
8_December 2014: During a World Parks Congress (WPC) event organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), participants agreed that a multidisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation and protected areas (PAs) is necessary to highlight gaps and to effectively manage PAs in the West Asia region. continued...
COP 20 Event Discusses Indicators, Technologies for a Decarbonized Earth
Read More: COP 20 Event Discusses Indicators, Technologies for a Decarbonized Earth
8_December 2014: Participants discussed research findings on sectoral energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG)-intensity indicators at an event 'Exploring the Potential Path towards a Decarbonized Earth,' which convened on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The side event also considered corresponding measures that can be taken by world business leaders. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 15 Dec - 17 Dec
Second International Workshop on Urbanization and the SDGs Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia 16 Dec - 17 Dec
Ministerial Meeting of Asia-Pacific LDCs on Graduation and Post-2015 Development Agenda Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal 16 Dec - 18 Dec
Global Atlas Training Session: MENA Region Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt 17 Dec
Arab Water Week 2015 Dead Sea, Jordan 11 Jan - 15 Jan
Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) New York City, US 12 Jan - 16 Jan
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 12 Jan - 17 Jan
2015 Zaragoza Conference Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain 15 Jan - 17 Jan
Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Current International Discussions and Challenges for Implementation Tokyo, Japan 16 Jan
CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture' Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Jan
Fifth Session of the IRENA Assembly Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 Jan - 18 Jan
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session New York City, US 19 Jan - 21 Jan
International Water Summit 2015 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 19 Jan - 22 Jan
World Future Energy Summit 2015 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 19 Jan - 22 Jan
15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Jan - 23 Jan
 
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