Intergovernmental Organization

Pacific Community Conference Focuses on Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

8 November 2011: The seventh Conference of the Pacific Community convened in Noumea, New Caledonia, under the theme “Climate Change and Food Security – Managing the Risks for Sustainable Development,” from 7-8 November 2011. The Conference emphasized the importance of a paradigm shift in addressing climate change, not necessarily “doing different business, but rather doing business differently” to determine the level of acceptable risk and to prepare responses.

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SPC Assesses Vulnerability of Tropical Fisheries to Climate Change [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released a publication titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change," which includes contributions from 88 international scientists and fisheries specialists. The publication concludes that there will be winners and losers as a consequence of climate change in the Pacific region.

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes [viewed]

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

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SPC, PIF Conduct Human Rights Training for Pacific Lawyers and Magistrates [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC/RRRT) in partnership with the Pacific Island Forum (PIF), conducted the 2011 Regional Human Rights Training Workshop for Lawyers and Magistrates, which focused on topics such as climate change and human rights, advocacy strategy and litigation on human rights.

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EU Leaders Outline Expectations Ahead of Cannes G20 Summit [viewed]

30 October 2011: European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy sent a letter to their G20 partners summarizing the EU expectations ahead of the G20 summit to be held in Cannes, France, from 3-4 November 2011, including on food security, financing for development and climate change.

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European Commission Launches ETS-dedicated Webpage [viewed]

27 October 2011: The European Commission has created a new webpage dedicated to regulatory news and announcements on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) facilitating access to specific topics such as registries, auctioning and benchmarking.

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SPREP Trains Pacific Negotiators Ahead of Durban Climate Conference [viewed]

31 October 2011 : The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted a training session for over 18 Pacific delegates in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, in November-December 2011.

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UN/ISDR Announces Launch of SADC Platform for DRR [viewed]

26 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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IRENA Invites Applications for Deputy Director-General [viewed]

October 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has posted a call for applications for Deputy Director-General for the IRENA Secretariat.

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