Asia

Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNEP Announces Opening of Regional Office of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the opening of a regional office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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CIFOR Releases Publications on REDD+ [viewed]

May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a number of publications relevant to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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ADB Meeting Focuses on Green Business, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

6 May 2011: The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 3-6 May 2011, and addressed, among other issues, green business opportunities, climate change and food security.

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UNDP Conducts Survey on Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management [viewed]

UNDPMay 2010: The UN Development Programme Drylands Development Centre (UNDP-DDC) is conducting a survey on the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance (AADP) Project under the framework of the Integrated Drylands Development Programme. The project aims to create an enabling environment for inter-regional knowledge sharing among drought-prone countries, while facilitating the scaling up of proven drought risk management (DRM) practices in Africa and Asia.

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Event: Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011: New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

This forum, organized by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Resources Institute (WRI), seeks to promote best practices in clean energy policy and regulation, financing and investment, innovative business models, and energy access. Parallel breakout sessions will provide opportunities to discuss innovative and creative methods to break down barriers to large scale clean energy development and deployment in Asia Pacific.  

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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US, China Discuss Climate, Energy and Fisheries Cooperation [viewed]

10 May 2011: During the third round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, held from 9-10 May 2011, the two sides discussed bilateral, regional and global issues, including cooperation on climate change, energy and fisheries.

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UNEP Releases Report on Importance of Green Economy for LDCs [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) have released a report titled “Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries.” 

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