Asia

NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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FCPF Adopts Methodological Framework, Norway Pledges $100 Million [viewed]

Forest Carbon16 December 2013: The Eighth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF8) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) approved the Methodological Framework, which presents a set of rules guiding the finance of large-scale investments in tropical forest conservation and restoration.

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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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