Asia

ADB, Australia and Cambodia Sign Grant Agreement for Cookstoves, Rural Electrification [viewed]

ADB9 December 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Australia have signed a US$6.1 million grant agreement with the Government of Cambodia, for a project that is expected to bring over 90,000 improved cookstoves to Kampong Cham province, and over 620km of electrical lines to Svay Rieng province. 

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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Northeast Asian Countries Enhance Low Carbon Urban Development Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCAP9 December 2013: The UN symposium on 'Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia: Bridging Science, Policy and Promoting Cooperation' focused on sharing lessons learned on low carbon city (LCC) development and improving subregional cooperation on LCC strategies.

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Event: 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit: Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All [viewed]

Organized annually by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 2001, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) serves as a platform exchange global knowledge on sustainable development. In 2014 the conference theme will be "Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All" and will hold thematic tracks on these specific areas of energy, water and food security. These topics were chosen due to their centrality and interrelation in alleviating poverty and to creating a climate resilient and robust green economy, and the current threat to water and food security stemming from the current and growing overconsumption of water and other natural resources. DSDS 2014 will also award the Sustainable Development Leadership Award.  

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Event: Eleventh UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Policy Board to the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) will consider the semi-annual progress update including country specific reports on implementation of the UN-REDD national programmes, and the outcomes of the Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA). The meeting will also consider the formal programme submission from Bangladesh, as well as project proposals from Argentina and Cote d'Ivoire and the mid-term evaluation from Panama.  

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GCF's Headquarters Open in Korea [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)4 December 2013: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters were officially opened for business in Songdo, Incheon City, the Republic of Korea. The Fund had been temporarily hosted in Bonn, Germany.

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UNESCAP Announces New Regional Mechanism on Drought [viewed]

UNESCAP29 November 2013: The Third Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has concluded with a call on the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to facilitate regional cooperation to harness technological advances for resilient, inclusive and sustainable development. In response, ESCAP's Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) announced the development and operationalization of a new regional mechanism on drought.

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ADB, DFID and Rockefeller Foundation Launch Urban Climate Proofing Project [viewed]

ADB29 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Rockefeller Foundation launched ‘Managing Climate Risks for the Urban Poor,' a programme to help secondary cities in Asia address climate change impacts.

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CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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