Asia

UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FISeptember 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with Oceania stakeholders from 11-12 August 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was the fourth of seven UN-convened regional consultation meetings on the sustainability principles for the insurance industry.

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Secretary-General Calls for Cooperation with NGOs on Sustainability, Climate, Energy [viewed]

29 August 2011: In a statement to the China-Africa People's Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for close cooperation with NGOs on climate change, energy security, sustainability, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Event: Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change [viewed]

At the Eighth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, Ministers welcomed the offer of China to host the Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on 31 October-1 November. A meeting of experts will be held alongside this Ministerial meeting.  

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Event: Asia Regional Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

The Asia Regional Meeting Preparatory to the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification will take place in Bali, Indonesia.  

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Guest Article #65: Clean Energy: Helping Propel Asia to New Prosperity [viewed]

There are many people claiming that this could very well be Asia's century. The region's relatively quick recovery from the global recession has caused the economic axis of the world to tilt in its direction, and Asia seems poised to lead the world with its vibrant, dynamic economies. While the eyes of the world may naturally fall on the economic powerhouses of the People's Republic of China and India, countries such as Indonesia and Viet Nam are also finding success, climbing out of poverty to reach middle income status within a few decades, and poised to continue their ascent.

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UNDP Human Development Report for Bhutan Highlights Climate Change Threats [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third National Human Development Report for Bhutan, titled “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge.” The report notes that climate change is threatening the economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and that building resilience is crucial to safeguard the livelihoods of about a quarter of the Bhutanese population who depend on subsistence farming and natural resources.

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Pakistan, WMO Strengthen Flood Forecasting Services [viewed]

31 August 2011: The Pakistan Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have worked together over the 2010-2011 period on Pakistan's Integrated Flood Management Plan, following the flood disaster of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and caused almost 2,000 deaths.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights National Activities and Progress [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter30 August 2011: The UN-REDD's August Newsletter reviews several national-level and global-level activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The Newsletter states that Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands have begun the implementation phase of their National REDD Programmes, while Nigeria has begun its REDD+ readiness phase with activities including setting safeguards and inventorying national greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN/ISDR Releases Climate Change Adaptation and DRR Report in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

23 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled “At the Crossroads Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific.”

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GEF SGP Launches Fifth Operational Phase in Asia [viewed]

21 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a six-day regional workshop with coordinators from Asia, to provide training and guidance on the vision and strategy of the programme, results-based management framework and GEF's visibility policy for the next four years.

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