Asia

Event: Second Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Second Clean Energy Ministerial is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Ministers of the MEF will discuss initiatives that were developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010 in Washington, DC, US. These initiatives sought to eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants, begin smart grid deployment, deploy 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and bring solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015. Governments participating in Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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World Bank Funds Hydropower Plant in Philippines Sibuyan Island [viewed]

18 March 2011: The implementation of a World Bank project in the Philippines has allowed the island of Sibuyan access to reliable electric power through the construction of 900 KW hydroelectric power turbines.

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REEEP Calls for Project Proposals on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

14 March 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has begun its eighth funding cycle by announcing a call for proposals for clean energy projects targeting Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

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UNFCCC Publishes Adaptation Committee Submissions [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 34 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.1) from parties on views on the composition of, and modalities and procedures for, the Adaptation Committee, including linkages with other relevant institutional arrangements.

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Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is titled "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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Viet Nam Cities Commit to DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

4 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that five of Viet Nam's largest cities, Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Can Tho and Da Nang, pledged to make cities safer against disasters. The pledge came at the second National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, which convened in Viet Nam, from 1-4 March 2011.

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OECD Report Investigates Role of Policy in Greening Behavior [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled “Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy,” that presents the results of a 10,000 household survey carried out in ten countries.

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change [viewed]

The conference aims to share the latest developments in adaptation planning and practices, priority sectors and measures at different levels and disseminate knowledge among stakeholders and communities. The specific objectives are to: bring different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of Community Based Adaptation (CBA) planning and practices from different parts of the developing world, particularly Bangladesh; capture the latest learning from CBA planning and practices around the developing world; enhance capacity of the practitioners to help the most vulnerable groups and people in improving livelihoods in developing countries; share lessons learnt to facilitate integration of climate change into national and international development programmes; and disseminate lessons learnt at the conference through proceedings and immediate conference summary. Conference partners include: the Asian Development Bank (ADB); the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); the World Bank; the World Food Programme (WFP); and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

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