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Latest News - 16 September 2014
Euro-Asia Dialogue Addresses Climate Change, Urban Resilience
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10_September 2014: The Euro-Asia Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy and Urban Resilience, which aimed to enhance discussions and achieve greater cooperation between European and Asian partners on climate change and urban resilience, met in Yangon, Myanmar, from 3-4 September 2014. continued...
Pacific SIDS Recommend Data Revolution to Meet Post-2015 Statistical Needs
Read More: Pacific SIDS Recommend Data Revolution to Meet Post-2015 Statistical Needs
2_September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners called for new approaches and additional financing to meet statistical demand to assess and monitor development progress, including on the post-2015 development agenda, at the Forum on Advancing Statistical Development in SIDS in the Post-2015 Era. continued...
ENVForum Proposes "10+1" Sustainable Development Indicators
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September_2014: The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVForum) published a report proposing sustainable development indicators (SDIs) to assess the status and monitor progress towards 11 proposed goals and sub-goals. Titled ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indicators for a Small Planet: Part II: Measuring Sustainability,' the report is designed to act as a practical handbook for policy-makers involved in designing and implementing indicators for the SDGs. continued...
IRENA Projects Future Bioenergy Demand
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September_2014: A working paper published in the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) ‘REmap 2030' series suggests that, over the next decade and a half, global biomass use could double from current levels and account for 20% of total primary energy supply (TPES) and 60% of final renewable energy use, if all technology options it examines are deployed. continued...
IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites
Read More: IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites
12_September 2013: Representatives from 25 countries agreed on a series of measures to strengthen marine turtle conservation in and around the Indian Ocean at the Seventh meeting of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding Signatory States (IOSEA SS7). IOSEA also launched the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles at the meeting. continued...
Adaptation Fund Strengthens Capacity of Asia Pacific Implementing Entities
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12_September 2014: The Adaptation Fund's Third Climate Finance Readiness seminar, co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), focused on the process of increasing the capacity of applicant and accredited implementing entities. continued...
MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action
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11_September 2014: In a joint statement issued in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, which is taking place on 23 September in New York, US, key multilateral development banks (MDBs) have affirmed their commitment to reinforce and further develop climate financing by maintaining a strong institutional focus on climate change. Since 2011, the six MDBs behind the statement have delivered close to US$75 billion in climate financing, of which approximately 20% has been in support of adaptation. continued...
Solomon Islands Accepts Doha Amendment
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5_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat reported that Solomon Islands has become the 13th party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). continued...
Pacific SIDS Launch Sustainable Energy Web Portal
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4_September 2014: The Pacific small islands developing States (SIDS) have launched the Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR), a web-based energy portal and data management system created to support sustainable energy policies and projects with the provision of timely, reliable information to countries and development partners. The platform aims to support South-South cooperation and advance the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in Asia and the Pacific. continued...
IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
Read More: IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
2_September 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched two publications examining the deployment and benefits of renewable energy in island economies. ‘A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy Islands' presents case studies that illustrate innovative solutions and partnerships for advancing renewable energy deployment in small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism' analyzes four renewable energy technologies, and confirms that their use can significantly increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector on islands. continued...
ADB Highlights Wind and PV Potential in Developing Asia
Read More: ADB Highlights Wind and PV Potential in Developing Asia
August_2014: A total investment of US$2.3 trillion will be required for wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) to supply 10% of developing Asia's electricity in 2035, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study, titled ‘Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources,' examines the status and future prospects of wind energy, PV and unconventional gas in the region. continued...
UNEP IETC Spotlights Waste Biomass to Energy Projects
Read More: UNEP IETC Spotlights Waste Biomass to Energy Projects
August_2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environment Technology Centre (IETC) has published its August 2014 Newsletter spotlighting projects on converting waste agricultural biomass to energy. continued...
SPREP to Host Regional Protected Areas and Biodiversity Hub
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10_September 2014: The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme has announced a partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Through the partnership, SPREP will serve as the host of the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region. continued...
UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings
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9_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties. continued...
TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics
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8_September 2014: Highlighting the importance of tropical forest monitoring, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the launch of the Tropical Managed Forests Observatory (TMFO). The purpose of TMFO is to examine the impacts of selective logging on forests in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asia. continued...
SIDS Discuss GOC Proposals for Ocean Recovery
Read More: SIDS Discuss GOC Proposals for Ocean Recovery
5_September 2014: The conservation and sustainable use of the ocean is critical to the future of small island developing States (SIDS), according to a series of events organized by the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) at the Third International Conference on SIDS. SIDS and their development partners discussed recommendations from the GOC report, titled 'From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals on restoring and protecting natural capital and services. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
17th International River Symposium Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 15 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
HABITAT III - First PrepCom New York City, US 17 Sep - 18 Sep
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
Towards a Deforestation-free Future: The Demand-side Challenge New York City, US 22 Sep
Green Standards Week Beijing, China 22 Sep - 26 Sep
Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 22 Sep - 6 Oct
2014 Climate Summit New York City, US 23 Sep
CMS Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 23 Sep - 25 Sep
Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury New York City, US 24 Sep
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Central Asia Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 26 Sep - 28 Sep
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit Washington D.C., US 30 Sep - 1 Oct
 
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