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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 28 July 2015
UNGA Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda
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27_July_2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has endorsed the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The endorsement occurred during an UNGA plenary meeting where delegates adopted resolution A/69/L.82 titled ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development,' which includes the AAAA as an annex. continued...
Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'
Read More: Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'
26_July_2015: The revised draft of the outcome document for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was released on 26 July 2015, ahead of the second week of the final negotiation session on the agenda. Co-Facilitators David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya write in their covering letter to UN Member States that the draft takes account of the wide range of views expressed during the first week, held on 20-24 July. continued...
Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement
Read More: Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement
19_July_2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive." continued...
SPREP Organizes Nature Conservation Roundtable, Supports Coral Reef Management Training
Read More: SPREP Organizes Nature Conservation Roundtable, Supports Coral Reef Management Training
14_July_2015: The 18th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) discussed the implementation of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas (PAs) across the Pacific region. continued...
Study Provides Valuation of Benefits of Indonesian Forests
Read More: Study Provides Valuation of Benefits of Indonesian Forests
8_July_2015: A report undertaken by the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) concluded that an additional US$600 million annually is needed to maintain current Indonesian forest cover and enable forests to deliver critical ecosystem services, with REDD+ acting as a catalyst for the rehabilitation of forest and forest ecosystem services. continued...
Side Event Discusses Usefulness of Administrative Data for SDGs
Read More: Side Event Discusses Usefulness of Administrative Data for SDGs
22_July_2015: On the sidelines of the seventh session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, delegates discussed how administrative data – the data primarily collected by governments and other organizations for administrative purposes (e.g. registration, transaction and record keeping) – could be used as a data source for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for statistical systems in countries. continued...
New Development Bank Opens for Business
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21_July_2015: The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, a multilateral development bank (MDB) operated by the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has begun its operations. The NDB will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, and each country will be assigned one vote, while no country will hold veto power. continued...
FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran
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14_June_2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran. continued...
Marshall Islands Submits INDC
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21_July_2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48. continued...
UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities
Read More: UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities
21_July_2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa. continued...
Governments, Experts Call for Using Existing Mechanisms in SDG Implementation
Read More: Governments, Experts Call for Using Existing Mechanisms in SDG Implementation
20_July_2015: UN Member States embarking on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can start the process by taking stock of, and building on existing institutions and policy mechanisms, said Zhang Yan, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Executive Director, at an event titled ‘How Can Countries Implement and Monitor Sustainable Development Goals.' continued...
North-Pacific SIDS Prepare for Paris Conference, INDCs
Read More: North-Pacific SIDS Prepare for Paris Conference, INDCs
16_July_2015: A 'North-Pacific Conference to Prepare for the Road to Paris' brought together participants from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Marshall Islands in Pohnpei, FSM, from 13-15 July 2015. It was followed by a technical training workshop on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) on 16 July 2015. continued...
APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts
Read More: APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts
16_July_2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing. continued...
CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations
Read More: CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations
16_July_2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions New York City, US 20 Jul - 31 Jul
Green Climate Fund (GCF) Regional Workshop Pacific Islands Nadi, Western, Fiji 27 Jul - 29 Jul
International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2015 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 28 Jul - 29 Jul
CEM Bangladesh Off-Grid Appliance and Clean Energy System Industry Networking Event Dhaka, Bangladesh 31 Jul - 1 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples US (worldwide) 9 Aug
16th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health Depok, Jawa Barat, Indonesia 10 Aug - 13 Aug
Sixth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific Male, Kaafu, Maldives 16 Aug - 19 Aug
International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security Phetchabun, Thailand 17 Aug - 20 Aug
World Water Week 2015 Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden 23 Aug - 28 Aug
Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo Honolulu, HI, US 24 Aug - 26 Aug
South Takes Action: 2015 Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon 29 Aug
CITES AC28 Tel Aviv, Israel 30 Aug - 3 Sep
ADP 2-10 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 31 Aug - 4 Sep
Fourteenth World Forestry Congress Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 7 Sep - 11 Sep
International Forests and Water Dialogue Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 8 Sep - 9 Sep
 
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