Asia

Mayor's Summit on DRR Adopts Chengdu Declaration of Action [viewed]

16 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 38 parliamentarians from 33 countries have adopted the Chengdu Declaration of Action, a five-point strategy addressing natural resource and environmental management, climate change and disaster risks.

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IRRI, Singapore Invest in Rice Farming Adaptation [viewed]

12 August 2011: The National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore will fund a research programme to help Asia meet increasing demands for rice in the context of climate change and a growing regional population.

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Review of the Indonesia-Norway REDD+ Partnership Released [viewed]

UN-REDD11 August 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has reported on the release of the first evaluation of deliverables of the Indonesia-Norway partnership on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock), which was established in May 2010.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Report on Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

11 August 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has published a report of the UN Secretary-General that was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in response to UNGA resolution 64/205 requesting the Secretary-General to report to it at its 66th session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases 14th Meeting Report [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 August 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report from its 14th meeting, during which the Board invited civil society to engage in a dialogue with the AFB in Durban, South Africa, at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, as well as discussions with institutions supporting the accreditation process of National Implementing Entities (NIE).

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World Bank Publishes Study on Regulatory and Financial Incentives for Solar Power [viewed]

5 August 2011: The World Bank has published a study titled "Regulatory and Financial Incentives for Scaling up Concentrating Solar Power in Developing Countries," which analyzes existing renewable energy schemes supporting concentrated solar power (CSP) and proposes measures to scale up CSP promotion.

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ASB REDD+ Briefs Highlight Competing Carbon Claims, MRV Capacity Needs and Governance and Safeguards [viewed]

August 2011: Recent publications from ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) address key issues related to REDD+ implementation with respect to carbon rights, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV),  safeguards, and stakeholder engagement.

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ADB Report Warns Against Climate Change Impacts on Health [viewed]

July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Accounting for Health Impacts of Climate Change." The report highlights that Asia and the Pacific host the greatest number of people vulnerable to the projected adverse impacts of climate change, which will challenge the public health community at the global, national, and local levels with the appearance of new diseases and the proliferation of existing ones.

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Event: UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Consultation [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth of seven planned regional consultations to be convened by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) regarding the development of sustainability principles for the insurance industry. It is envisaged that once finalized, the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance will serve as a global framework for insurance companies to better manage environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities in their core business strategies and operations.  

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Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, held an Asia-Pacific regional workshop to advance work on integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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