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Latest News - 18 November 2014
IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction
Read More: IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction
17_November 2014: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved from the Least Concern to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress. continued...
Brunei Darussalam Accepts Doha Amendment
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16_November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Brunei Darussalam has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 19. continued...
TTM Report Features Call for ITTO to Engage Private Sector in Tropical Timber Trade
Read More: TTM Report Features Call for ITTO to Engage Private Sector in Tropical Timber Trade
16_November 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the 1-15 November issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, highlighting a call from the Trade Advisory Group (TAG) for ITTO to develop a strategy for private sector engagement in tropical timber trade and markets. continued...
UNEP Signs Agreement to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil
Read More: UNEP Signs Agreement to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil
14_November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) signed an agreement to increase awareness of certified sustainable palm oil production in an effort to shift the global market away from unsustainable supplies. The agreement will support national and regional efforts to shift to a sustainable supply of palm oil, a commitment already made by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK). continued...
Symposium Reflects on OWG, Identifies Science Needs for SDGs
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15_November 2014: At a symposium on ‘Science and the Sustainable Development Goals,' Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on SDGs, and Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of Future Earth Science Committee, Science Director of Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), reflected on the proposed SDGs, and outlined ways for scientists to help shape the goal set going forward. continued...
US, Japan Announce Pledges to the Green Climate Fund
Read More: US, Japan Announce Pledges to the Green Climate Fund
15_November 2014: The US has announced a US$3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). US President Barak Obama made the announcement on the eve of the G20 Summit, which convened in Brisbane, Australia, from 15-16 November 2014. In a separate announcement, also on the margins of the G20 Summit, Japan said it would pledge US$1.5 billion. With these two announcements, the pledges received thus far by the GCF amount to US$7.5 billion. continued...
IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas
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14_November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase. continued...
Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress
Read More: Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress
14_November 2014: Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia. continued...
LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links
Read More: LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links
14_November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs. continued...
Elephant Ivory Seized in Cameroon
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13_November 2014: Approximately $190,000 worth of ivory was seized in Cameroon, following a tip from an intelligence network supported by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) believes the tusks were in route to South East Asia. continued...
ICCWC Guidelines on Ivory Released
Read More: ICCWC Guidelines on Ivory Released
13_November 2014: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the 'Guidelines on Methods and Procedures for Ivory Sampling and Laboratory Analysis' in support of the deployment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) took the lead in developing the Guidelines with expert support. continued...
TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report
Read More: TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report
November_2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – India Initiative (TII) has launched the TII 'Interim Report Working Document.' The publication compiles 12 case studies on the three ecosystems (forests, inland wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems) and illustrates approaches for applying ecosystem services economics to improve conservation planning and policy making. continued...
UN Member States Pledge $650 Million for UN Development Work
Read More: UN Member States Pledge $650 Million for UN Development Work
12_November 2014: Twenty-six UN Member States pledged approximately US$650 million for UN development work at the 2014 UN Pledging Conference. The amount represents an increase of $US72 million compared to pledges announced in 2014 as well as a significant increase in contributions from non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance (DAC) countries. continued...
Global Mechanism Organizes SLM Workshops in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
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5_November 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has organized three workshops on sustainable land management (SLM) finance in Cambodia, with the aim of accelerating implementation of the UNCCD in Cambodia, China, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. continued...
SPREP, Talihau Community Implement Beach Restoration Strategies
Read More: SPREP, Talihau Community Implement Beach Restoration Strategies
11_November 2014: An innovative approach to coastal erosion has been developed over the past two years as part of the coastal Ecosystem-based Adaptation project, which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and funded by the Australian Government. The approach, which aims to strengthen and rehabilitate beaches in the Pacific island region, has now been tested in the Talihau community in Vava'u, Tonga. continued...
OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia
Read More: OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia
11_November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run. continued...
UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting
Read More: UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting
11_November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative has convened the Global Efficient Lighting Forum, which focused on accelerating the global phase-in of energy-efficient lighting products. The forum brought together representatives from electrical utilities, lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change by transitioning to energy-efficient lighting, and to discuss the best ways to accelerate such a transition. continued...
FAO Report Assesses Water and Rural Poverty in Asia
Read More: FAO Report Assesses Water and Rural Poverty in Asia
November_2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled ‘Water and the Rural Poor: Interventions for Improving Livelihoods in Asia,' which examines the relationship between poverty, agriculture and access to water in rural areas of Asia. continued...
US, China Announce Emissions Targets
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11_November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China. continued...
POST2015 Project Briefs on Malnutrition "Double Burden"
Read More: POST2015 Project Briefs on Malnutrition "Double Burden"
10_November 2014: The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Earth System Governance Project have published POST2015/UNU-IAS Policy Brief #6, titled ‘Ending the Double Burden of Malnutrition: Addressing the Food and Health Nexus in the Sustainable Development Goals.' The authors stress that improvement in economic conditions can lead to higher obesity risk, and suggest that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address this by correlating targets and indicators, and delivery of educational programmes to increase health literacy globally. continued...
G-77/China, African Group Submit Views on Adaptation Fund Review
Read More: G-77/China, African Group Submit Views on Adaptation Fund Review
10_November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from Bolivia, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China), and Sudan, on behalf of the African Group, containing their views on the second review of the Adaptation Fund, in advance of the 41st session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. continued...
UN Regional Commissions Issue Joint Statement for Accelerated Sustainable Energy Transition
Read More: UN Regional Commissions Issue Joint Statement for Accelerated Sustainable Energy Transition
7_November 2014: At the Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, the Executive Secretaries from the UN Regional Commissions signed a joint statement calling on their respective Member States to spur a faster transition to sustainable and fair energy. The statement focuses on three areas for improvement, namely, energy efficiency, renewable energy and access to modern energy services. continued...
LEG, NAP-GSP Workshop Supports Development of NAPs in Pacific SIDS
Read More: LEG, NAP-GSP Workshop Supports Development of NAPs in Pacific SIDS
7_November 2014: Under the auspices of the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), nine Pacific Island countries gathered for a five-day workshop aimed at launching a process for medium- and long-term adaptation planning. The meeting was held in collaboration with UN Development Programme (UNDP)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), which supports developing countries in creating and implementing NAPs. continued...
UNFCCC Publishes Country Views on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems
Read More: UNFCCC Publishes Country Views on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems
6_November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has compiled submissions received from developing country Parties on their views regarding information systems to track the implementation of safeguards for REDD+ (Decision 1/CP.16, Appendix I). The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) asked parties to comment on their experiences, lessons learned and challenges in developing such systems. continued...
World Bank Highlights Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster Risk
Read More: World Bank Highlights Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster Risk
6_November 2014: The Government of the Philippines and the World Bank Group (WBG) hosted the first regional conference on 'Strengthening Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster and Climate Risk in Asia and the Pacific,' which aimed to capture lessons on how countries could better respond to natural disasters through social protection systems. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 12 Nov - 19 Nov
KISR-IRENA Joint Technical Training on Resource Assessment Kuwait City, Al Asimah, Kuwait 16 Nov - 20 Nov
Second Preparatory Committee meeting for Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 17 Nov - 18 Nov
3rd ASEAN Climate Outlook Forum Singapore, Singapore 17 Nov - 19 Nov
Regional Workshop for NENA countries on Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt 17 Nov - 20 Nov
Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Global South-South Development Expo 2014 Washington D.C., US 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Paris, Ile-De-France, France 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) 10th Year Celebration Workshop Manila, Philippines 18 Nov - 20 Nov
Second International Conference on Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Nov - 21 Nov
Green Climate Fund High-Level Pledging Conference Berlin, Germany 20 Nov
Second International Conference on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries (REDEC 2014) Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon 26 Nov - 27 Nov
First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations Nairobi, Kenya 26 Nov - 28 Nov
UNFCCC COP 20 Lima, Peru 1 Dec - 12 Dec
1st Specialist Conference on Municipal Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 2 Dec - 4 Dec
 
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