Intergovernmental Organization

PIFS Releases 2012 Pacific Annual Progress Report, Reporting Annex [viewed]

PIFS25 January 2013: The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has released the Pacific Plan 2012 Annual Progress Report and its associated Reporting Annex. The documents highlight challenges faced by the region, and outline progress made towards greater regional integration and cooperation in various areas, including climate change, fisheries, gender equality and disability-inclusive development.

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Event: Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP) Workshop [viewed]

A joint inception and programme planning workshop will take place from 28-30 January 2013 for the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP), a pilot climate change programme for the Solomon Islands. The workshop will bring together over 100 participants from all sectors to learn more about this project, the partners involved as well as the results of the Choiseul climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment. The workshop is intended to establish a steering committee and discuss the draft work programme. The workshop is hosted by Choiseul Provincial Government, with the assistance of several national ministries and development partners, including: the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Programme, The Nature Conservancy and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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Event: Soil Carbon Sequestration: A Solution for Climate, Food Security and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

This conference aims to highlight the growing importance of conserving and restoring soil organic carbon for multiple win-win benefits within various land type and land use settings. The conference will review the state of science and further knowledge needs involved and discuss, inter alia; land use and land restoration practices; how to verify carbon sequestration and linkages with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other global goals, agreements and negotiations; and how to increase the flow of climate-linked funding for land and soil restoration. Organizers include the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and United Nations University (UNU). Following the Soil Carbon Sequestration conference, the FP7 Environment funded SoilTrEC project will organize a training event for Early Stage Researchers that wish to expand their knowledge into farming approaches and their impacts on farming sustainability.  

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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Event: Agroforestry, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an on-line learning event on agroforestry and climate change in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Agricultural Research Centre for Development (CIRAD) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The event consists of four related webinars on: setting the objectives of the learning event; cases of emerging opportunities for agroforestry in the context of climate change; governance, economics and financing for climate-smart agroforestry; and recommendations to the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. The on-line event will take place from 5-26 February 2013.  

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Acclimate Project Concludes, IOC Member States Adopt Regional Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

22 January 2013: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has reported on the conclusion of Acclimate, a four-year project dedicated to climate change adaptation. The culmination of the project's work, a regional strategy for climate change adaption, was adopted by the IOC's 28th Council of Ministers on 17 January 2013, in the Seychelles.

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IEA Report Concludes Decarbonization of Nordic Countries Possible by 2050 [viewed]

IEA22 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report detailing how the Nordic region can become carbon neutral by 2050. The report, titled “Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives: Pathways to a Carbon Neutral Energy Future,” is IEA's first regional edition of its flagship publication series “Energy Technology Perspectives.”

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REN21 Global Futures Report Points to Transformation Policies for Renewable Energy [viewed]

REN2121 January 2013: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), in cooperation with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), has released its annual "REN21 Global Futures Report (GFR)," which presents a range of expert perspectives on possible renewable energy futures.

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IRENA Newsletter Highlights NAMA Handbook to Eliminate Barriers to Renewables Deployment [viewed]

IRENA21 January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) latest newsletter highlights recent IRENA activities, meetings, publications and reports.

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First Energy Ministerial of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration [viewed]

16 January 2013: Energy ministers and senior government officials from South American and Arab countries (ASPA) have adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration on enhanced cooperation at the bi-regional mechanism's inaugural meeting on energy.

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