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Latest News - 16 July 2014
ABS Protocol Receives 50 Ratifications, Enters into Force on 12 October 2014
Read More: ABS Protocol Receives 50 Ratifications, Enters into Force on 12 October 2014
14_July_2014: Following the most recent ratifications by Switzerland and Uruguay, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has gathered the required number of ratifications to enter into force. continued...
FCPF Welcomes Belize, Sudan and Uruguay
Read More: FCPF Welcomes Belize, Sudan and Uruguay
10_July_22014: The seventeenth meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee accepted Belize, Sudan and Uruguay into the Partnership. The Partnership now includes 47 countries. continued...
UN-REDD Policy Board Approves US$35 Million in Funding
Read More: UN-REDD Policy Board Approves US$35 Million in Funding
9_July_2014: The twelfth meeting of the Policy Board of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) approved more than US$35 million in funding for REDD+ readiness. The funding included allocations for National Programmes in Argentina, Cote d'Ivoire and Mongolia. continued...
UN Releases Zero Draft Resolution Ahead of WCIP
Read More: UN Releases Zero Draft Resolution Ahead of WCIP
8_July_2014: The President of the UN General Assembly has released a ‘zero draft' resolution as a basis for informal discussions ahead of the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) on 22 September 2014. The draft has been compiled from submissions made by Member States and indigenous peoples. continued...
ESCAP Workshop Supports Drought Monitoring in Asia-Pacific
Read More: ESCAP Workshop Supports Drought Monitoring in Asia-Pacific
1_July_2014: A workshop on drought monitoring and early warning organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Technology and Research focused on strategies and sharing of good practices to reduce the negative impacts of agricultural drought. Recommendations from the workshop will support strengthening of the ESCAP Regional Drought Mechanism as well as national disaster management plans in the Asia-Pacific region. continued...
Arab Forum Launches Renewable Energy Strategy
Read More: Arab Forum Launches Renewable Energy Strategy
23_June_2014: The League of Arab States, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) have launched a renewable energy implementation roadmap study for the Arab region. The study proposes both country-specific and regional actions to support the development of the region's vast renewable energy potential through 2030. continued...
WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events
Read More: WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events
11_July_2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience. continued...
CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs
Read More: CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs
11_July_2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation. continued...
IMF Calls for Further Energy Subsidy Reform in MENA Region
Read More: IMF Calls for Further Energy Subsidy Reform in MENA Region
10_July_2014: A report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on subsidy reform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region explores recent progress, challenges ahead, and outlines the characteristics of successful subsidy reform. The report recommends that countries in the region focus on enhanced social safety nets, automatic price-setting mechanisms, energy sector restructuring and awareness raising on the cost of subsidies. continued...
21st Session of UNESCO-IHP Provides Post-2015 Input
Read More: 21st Session of UNESCO-IHP Provides Post-2015 Input
8_July_2014: The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 18-20 June 2014, adopting decisions, including on the post-2015 development agenda and the establishment of water-related centres, and reviewing past activities. continued...
Pacific Partnerships Meeting Focuses on Gender, Climate Change
Read More: Pacific Partnerships Meeting Focuses on Gender, Climate Change
13_June_2014: With the goal of advancing the Pacific region's agenda on gender, sustainable development and climate change within UN bodies, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA for Equality) and the Pacific Youth Council convened representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN missions for the regional meeting 'Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender, Climate Change Response and Sustainable Development.' continued...
US, China to Cooperate on Energy and Forests to Tackle Climate Change
Read More: US, China to Cooperate on Energy and Forests to Tackle Climate Change
9_July_2014: The US and China have announced several joint initiatives with the aim of addressing climate change, including demonstration projects in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and smart grids, a study on natural gas use in industrial boilers, and an initiative on climate change and forests. continued...
CEPF, IUCN Will Provide US$9 Million for Pacific Biodiversity Projects
Read More: CEPF, IUCN Will Provide US$9 Million for Pacific Biodiversity Projects
2_July_2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for proposals for biodiversity projects in the Pacific. IUCN says it will provide a total of US$9 million to non-governmental organizations to work on projects in 20 biodiverse areas in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, covering a total of 1.5 million hectares. continued...
Pacific Mangroves Initiative Works Towards Declaration at SIDS Conference
Read More: Pacific Mangroves Initiative Works Towards Declaration at SIDS Conference
1_July_2014: The Pacific Mangroves Initiative has developed a mangroves declaration, which is expected to be signed by Environment Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The declaration is expected to emphasize mangroves as key coastal ecosystems that need conservation and to formalize regional cooperation on their conservation and sustainable use. continued...
BNEF Projects US$5.1 Trillion in Renewable Energy Investments by 2030
Read More: BNEF Projects US$5.1 Trillion in Renewable Energy Investments by 2030
1_July_2014: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released a report, titled 'BNEF 2030 Market Outlook,' which forecasts investment in various energy technologies worldwide. According to the projections, renewable energy is likely to capture almost two-thirds (65%) of the US$7.7 trillion energy investment expected by 2030. continued...
FCPF Carbon Fund Selects Three Country Programmes
Read More: FCPF Carbon Fund Selects Three Country Programmes
July_2014: The 'Chair's Summary' of the tenth meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund (C10) has been released, with Duncan Marsh, C10 Chair, highlighting the selection of Chile and Viet Nam into the Carbon Fund pipeline. The Republic of the Congo, which also presented its Emission Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN), was provisionally selected. continued...
ITTO Reviews Plywood Sustainability in Indonesia and Malaysia
Read More: ITTO Reviews Plywood Sustainability in Indonesia and Malaysia
July_2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of plywood in Indonesia and Malaysia. The report focuses on the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) process and associated labeling systems and standards. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Paris, Ile-De-France, France 11 Jul - 18 Jul
Sixth BRICS Summit Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil 14 Jul - 16 Jul
13th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs New York City, US 14 Jul - 18 Jul
Adaptation Fund: Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #2 Washington D.C., US 15 Jul - 17 Jul
Clean Energy Week's Policy and Finance Conference Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 22 Jul - 23 Jul
UNGA Dialogue 4 on Technology Transfer Mechanism New York City, US 23 Jul
Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 23 Jul - 24 Jul
Grand Renewable Energy 2014 International Conference and Exhibition Tokyo, Japan 27 Jul - 1 Aug
26th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 4 Aug - 7 Aug
NAP Expo Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 8 Aug - 9 Aug
WaterLinks Forum 2014 Manila, Philippines 11 Aug - 13 Aug
CBD International Workshop on Financing for Biodiversity Ittingen, Switzerland 18 Aug - 19 Aug
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific Nadi, Western, Fiji 18 Aug - 20 Aug
Asia Pacific Conference on Development Justice Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China 1 Sep - 2 Sep
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
 
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