Asia

Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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Bolivia Assumes Chair of G-77-China [viewed]

G77 and China8 January 2014: Bolivia took over from Fiji as Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) during a special ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York. Bolivian President Evo Morales attended the event, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe urged the Group to work collectively towards reaching: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, with poverty eradication as the overarching goal; and a new global climate agreement.

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UNDP Releases Gender and Climate Change Knowledge Products for Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNDP10 December 2013: The UN Development Programme released a series of thematic policy briefs and training modules on climate change and gender for the Asia-Pacific region. The series includes five policy briefs and five training modules, each on: an overview of linkages between gender and climate change; gender and adaptation; gender and disaster risk reduction (DRR); gender and energy; and gender and climate finance.

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IRRI/CCAFS Hold Training on GHG Emissions in SE Asia [viewed]

irri8 January 2014: Recognizing the significant potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rice fields, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security program (CCAFS) organized a joint training to increase technical capacity of researchers in Southeast Asia to work on GHG mitigation research.

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Event: 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting is expected to consider issues in advance of the Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.  

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CIF Program to Help Overcome Barriers to Geothermal Investments [viewed]

CIF18 December 2013: The World Bank has reported on efforts to implement the US$115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program, which was launched in October 2013 by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The Program will foster private sector involvement in geothermal energy exploration and test drilling, the riskiest element of geothermal energy development.

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UN-REDD Explores Transparency and Accountability in REDD+ [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme6 January 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a report on 'Sharing National Experiences in Strengthening Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity for REDD+.' The publication features examples from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Nepal and the Philippines.

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Event: Workshop on Climate and Water Security through Sustainable Waste Management [viewed]

This workshop will discuss innovative financing and technological options for sustainable waste management with a view to enhance water quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the workshop will discuss different business models and opportunities for more effective involvement of the private sector in climate and water security. ‎  

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Climate Change [viewed]

UNCCD logoJanuary 2013: In its quarterly newsletter, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents an editorial from and an interview with newly appointed UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut, who stresses the link between reducing land degradation and increasing capacity for climate change adaptation.

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IFAD Approves $88 Million for Smallholder Farmer Adaptation [viewed]

IFAD16 December 2013: As part of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) endorsed an agricultural investment programme for concessional loans and grant financing for smallholder farmers to manage climate risks.

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