Asia

Fourth Mekong-Japan Meeting Addresses Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

21 July 2011: The Fourth Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, on 21 July 2011, back-to-back with the 44th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting. The meetings addressed, inter alia, environmental and climate change-related issues.

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ITTO Supports REDD+ Feasibility Study in Brazil [viewed]

1 August 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has signed an agreement with the Japanese company Marubeni to conduct a feasibility study on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+) in the Brazilian Amazon.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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ESCAP Committee Highlights Importance of Trade in Low Carbon Goods [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Trade and Investment, which convened from 27-29 July 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand, highlighted the need for UN assistance to developing Asia-Pacific countries for them to realize the potential for trade and investment in low-carbon goods, technologies and services.

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UN/ISDR Reports on Parliamentarian DRR Initiatives [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released information indicating that Parliamentarians in Asia, Latin America and Africa are increasingly focused on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Multilateral Fund ExCom Supports China's Commitment to Cut HCFCs [viewed]

29 July 2011: During its 25-29 July 2011 meeting in Montreal, Canada, the 64th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund agreed to grant US$265 million to China to cut hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) emissions by 2015. The agreement is expected to lead to dual ozone and climate benefits.

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Event: Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 [viewed]

This Expo will include a conference and a trade fair for exhibitors to showcase their technologies and other work. The Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 Conference programme is developed in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS). It aims to bring together leading players in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The event is taking place during Singapore International Energy Week (31 October-4 November 2011).  

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Event: ADB Urban Forum 2011: Financing Future Cities [viewed]

The objectives of this forum include to: familiarize participants with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Urban Operational Plan focusing on the urban environment, the urban economy and urban equity (the 3E agenda) and the products available to support its implementation; increase understanding of mechanisms available for financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; raise awareness of innovative practices in financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; and increase understanding between financiers and borrowers on opportunities and constraints to financing city/regional projects. Representatives from ministries of finance and urban development, mayors, financial and urban planners, financing agencies, contractors, infrastructure companies, and donors are expected to attend.  

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Event: Integrated Climate Impact Assessment Tool for Urban Policy Makers: Expert Consultations [viewed]

This invitation-only event will gather policy makers and experts from Asia and around the world to review the features of available tools for urban policy makers to assess the complex nature of impact and risk assessment for prioritizing projects based on costs and benefits. Specific focus will be given to the water, energy and transport sectors and the application of the Business Case Methodology. Speakers will include Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman, Leen Hordijk, EU Joint Research Centre, and Bindu Lohani, Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Participation at the Oslo REDD+ Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the July 2011 issue of its newsletter, which highlights the UN-REDD Programme's participation in the Oslo REDD+ exchange, which took place from 23-24 June 2011, in Norway, focusing on matters related to REDD+ safeguards and policies addressing the underlying drivers of deforestation.  

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