Asia

Philippines Cities Join UN/ISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

13 January 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 39 municipalities of Cebu Province, the Philippines, have joined the campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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IRRI Publication Documents Climate Change Impacts on Rice [viewed]

January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released its January to March edition of Rice Today, which features articles documenting the relationship between climate change impacts and rice production.

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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ADB Publishes Climate Change Programs Report [viewed]

December 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report featuring its efforts to promote integrated solutions to address climate change threats in Asia and the Pacific.

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Event: UNESCO Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Pakistan [viewed]

This workshop will discuss: training policy makers and managers in flood and drought management; assessing the capacity of existing water education institutes and training of flood forecasting specialists; training water department technicians and managers and updating curricula; and providing education in schools and communities in managing geo-hazards. The workshop is part of a the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) partnership with Pakistan to help the country develop and manage its responses to flood and drought, and to measure potential impacts of land-use, population, climate change and other factors on water resources.  

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

16 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited nominations of country-designated experts to participate in the Asia-Pacific regional consultation and capacity-building workshop on REDD+, including relevant biodiversity safeguards, scheduled for 15-18 March 2011, in Singapore City, Singapore.

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Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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UNIDO and Republic of Korea Cooperate on Technology Transfer Project [viewed]

28 December 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have entered into an agreement to cooperate to facilitate the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies to Cambodia.

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UNECE Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention Tackles Black Carbon [viewed]

22 December 2010: The 28th meeting of the Executive Body of the Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention (LRTAP) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-17 December 2010. Participants discussed the expansion of the scope of the Convention to tackle black carbon, among other items.

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UNECE Supports Finalization of Third Aral Sea Basin Programme [viewed]

17 December 2010: On 15 December 2010, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea reviewed the draft third Aral Sea basin programme for 2011-2015, with support from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project “Regional dialogue and cooperation on water resources management in Central Asia.”

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