Asia

UNECE Launches Second Assessment of Transboundary Waters in Wider Europe [viewed]

UNECE21 September 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the "Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters," which underlines that the status of transboundary waters is improving in many parts of the UNECE region thanks to the efforts to protect waters and the environment.  

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Brunei Darussalam-US Dialogue Addresses on Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

20 September 2011: The Inaugural Brunei Darussalam-US Senior Officials Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, US, on 20 September 2011, with discussions including climate change and biodiversity cooperation.

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ADB Releases Report on Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

ADB20 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific,” which aims to present a snapshot of ADB's support to environmentally sustainable growth in the region.

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UNFCCC Publishes Agendas for Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agendas for 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17), the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7), and the 35th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA).

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UNEP Report Calls for Transition to Green Economy in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

15 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), IGES (Japan) and Chinese Academy of Sciences, has released a report titled “Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific,” which calls for a new “green” industrial revolution through improvements in resource efficiency.

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UNITAR Workshop Strengthens Thailand's Green Diplomacy Capacity [viewed]

9 September 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand organized a workshop on multilateral and green diplomacy aimed to strengthen Thai Government's capacity to engage in climate change negotiations in the lead-up to the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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Iran Phases Out CFC-based Metered-Dose Inhalers [viewed]

7 September 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ozone Secretariat have reported that Iran has become the first Asian-Pacific country to successfully phase out the use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) based on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC).  

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IFC's Post-2012 Carbon Facility Shows Private Sector Interest in Carbon Markets [viewed]

September 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, reached full subscription of over US$200 million for its Post-2012 Carbon Facility, helping secure what is expected to be at least US$2 billion in low carbon growth across the developing world despite uncertain carbon market conditions.

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IWMI Brief Highlights Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Water in Sri Lanka [viewed]

August 2011: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released an Issue Brief describing water management in Sri Lanka that stresses issues related to clean drinking water and identifies climate change as a possible exacerbating factor.

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CGIAR Conference Debates Latest Research on REDD+ and Sustainable Development [viewed]

September 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a conference at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, US, on 26 August 2011, to examine issues related to understanding the relationships between carbon emissions and rural livelihoods.

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