Asia

UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing proposals by parties and relevant organizations for upcoming activities under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6).

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UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in partnership with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, have jointly released the "Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure," which provide practical tools for city planners and decision makers to reform urban planning and infrastructure design according to the principles of eco-efficiency and social inclusiveness. 

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UN/ISDR Champion Calls for “Holistic Approach” to Flood Risk in the Philippines [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that UN/ISDR Champion, Loren Legarda of the Philippines, has called for a holistic approach to flood risk, in the form of a national integrated flood warning and response system.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions by Saudi Arabia and Singapore on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing submissions from countries on further views on the elements for the development of a work programme and a possible forum on response measures (FCCC/SB/2011/MISC.4/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Submissions on the Research Dialogue [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from parties on their views on the research dialogue, including ongoing activities, associated modalities and ways to enhance it (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.8).

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ADB Finances Hydropower Project Upgrade in India [viewed]

ADB30 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is financing transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh in India tapping on hydropower resources.

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Asia and the Pacific Meeting Addresses Sustainable Energy Development [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific reviewed energy security challenges facing the region and outlined a regional agenda on the issue. Participants stressed the importance for countries in the region to have national policies that will ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy services to advance poverty reduction and improve health and well-being.

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UN, ASEAN Discuss Climate Change and Disaster Management [viewed]

28 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Surin Pitsuwan and others recently met to discuss collaboration on common priorities between the UN and the South-East Asian bloc.

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UNEP Releases Report on Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Indonesia [viewed]

28 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report under the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), titled “The Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Sumatra.”

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FAO and Partners Develop Sustainable Grassland Management Methodology [viewed]

FAO27 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), together with a series of partners, has developed a sustainable grassland management methodology that provides an affordable way to estimate the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions removed from the atmosphere through improved management of grasslands.

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