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Latest News - 21 October 2014
UNDP, ESCAP, ADB Convene E-Discussion on Next Steps for Global Partnership
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October_2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are convening an e-discussion on next steps for a global partnership for development. The outcomes are expected to inform a forthcoming ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Asia-Pacific MDG Report on Means of Implementation (MOI) and the Global Partnership for Development. continued...
Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs
Read More: Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs
20_October 2014: The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR will launch a Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA) to support mountain protected areas (PAs) globally. The FMPA will facilitate the exchange of experiences, information, knowledge and management practices on mountain PAs. continued...
UNIDO Continues Technical Training on Environmental Projects for CIS Countries
Read More: UNIDO Continues Technical Training on Environmental Projects for CIS Countries
17_October 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a capacity building workshop for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on mitigating global environmental problems. The event provided 25 participants from the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Ecology of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine with tools to enhance the quality of project submissions to the Global Environment Facility (GEF). continued...
World Bank Organizes “Boot Camp” for Green Businesses in Viet Nam
Read More: World Bank Organizes “Boot Camp” for Green Businesses in Viet Nam
17_October 2014: The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have created a course to support Vietnamese businesses in developing sustainable energy-related solutions and adaptation technologies in the transport, agricultural and water sectors. The ‘Clean Tech Bootcamp,' which consisted of lectures and workshops for 24 small- and medium-size clean-technology start-up companies, will be proceeded with support from a local business hub, to be established in the second half of 2014. continued...
GWP Presents IWRM Toolbox to Chinese Academics
Read More: GWP Presents IWRM Toolbox to Chinese Academics
17_October 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has introduced its Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Toolbox to academics in China through two workshops. The Toolbox is an open database with a library of case studies and references on water management at global, regional, national and local levels. continued...
CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
Read More: CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
17_October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. continued...
Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee
Read More: Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee
17_October 2014: Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance. continued...
CBD and ITTO Renew Partnership for Tropical Forest Biodiversity
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17_October 2014: Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extending the 'Collaborative Initiative for tropical forest biodiversity' until 2020. continued...
Republic of Korea Launches Forest Restoration Initiative
Read More: Republic of Korea Launches Forest Restoration Initiative
16_October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Government of the Republic of Korea launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) to support implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Targets on restoration and protected areas. continued...
UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs
Read More: UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs
15_October 2014: This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services. continued...
ITTO TTM Highlights a Timber Sector Recycling Plan in Brazil
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15_October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 October issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the Reverse Logistics Plan (RLP) of the State of Parana, Brazil. The RLP defines operations related to the reuse of products and materials, provides an overview of the timber sector in the State and details how residues can be utilized. The Report also notes that Indonesia's forest certification system has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), while the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider developing a producer legislation database. continued...
Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability
Read More: Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability
13_October 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC), T.C.A. Anant and P. Cuneo, have invited National Statistical Offices to participate in a survey on national practices on broader measures of progress to complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and related indicator availability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets. The FOC Group will report the results to the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), in 2015. continued...
CGE Conducts Workshops on UNFCCC Reporting for Developing Countries
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10_September 2014: As part of its work to build developing country reporting capacity under the UNFCCC, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications for Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) organized two more regional workshops: one for the Eastern European and Asia-Pacific regions and one for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The trainings focused on using the biennial update report (BUR) guidelines available on the UNFCCC website. continued...
Community-based Conservancies in Tajikistan Receive 2014 Markhor Award
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16_October 2014: During a side event to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) honored community-based conservancies in Tajikistan with the CIC Markhor Award. continued...
UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade
Read More: UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade
October_2014: The September edition of the 'UN Chronicle,' the magazine of the UN, is dedicated to the topics of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on causes and possible solutions. continued...
GSP Eurasian Soil Partnership Holds Plenary During Arid Land Conference
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15_October 2014: The Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP), a regional partnership of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), has concluded its Plenary and Steering Committee Meetings, which were held in conjunction with the Second International Conference on Arid Lands Studies (ICAL2) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. continued...
ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership
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15_October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia. continued...
September 2014 Water Finance Update
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September_2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought. continued...
IUCN Announces Call for Tiger Conservation Projects
Read More: IUCN Announces Call for Tiger Conservation Projects
15_October 2014: The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for field-based projects for tiger conservation. continued...
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize
Read More: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize
10_October 2014: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova were among the UN officials welcoming the prize and the recipients' work. continued...
Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority
Read More: Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority
10_October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Pacific Islands shared the 'Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific' and highlighted a regional project on 'Prevention, control and management of invasive species in the Pacific islands.' continued...
Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
Read More: Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
22_September 2014: Wetlands International has released a book, titled ‘Downstream Voices,' which presents stories from the Mahanadi delta, India, the inner Niger delta, Mali, and the Senegal River, Senegal. Authored by Fred Pearce, these stories highlight the journeys of communities dependent on these ecosystems. continued...
SEAD Awards Recognize Super-Efficient Electric Motors
Read More: SEAD Awards Recognize Super-Efficient Electric Motors
9_October_2014: The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative has announced the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for super energy-efficient electric motors. As motors account for 40% of global electricity consumption, greater efficiency can provide significant opportunities for decreasing energy consumption, carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. continued...
Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea
Read More: Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea
October_2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change. continued...
UNITAR Teaches Permaculture in Bangladesh
Read More: UNITAR Teaches Permaculture in Bangladesh
25_September 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized a training on permaculture design for members of 42 communities in the Khulna district of Bangladesh. The course included elements of both climate change mitigation and adaptation, covering such topics as sustainable village design, water management and construction of climate changed-adapted houses. continued...
EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products
Read More: EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products
September_2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 21 Oct - 24 Oct
China Wind Power 2014 Beijing, China 22 Oct - 24 Oct
Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 23 Oct - 24 Oct
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
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
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
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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