Asia

WCRP Launches Polar Challenge [viewed]

WCRPlogo16 January 2015: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the Arctic or Antarctic sea-ice. The challenge will address under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It aims to stimulate the development of a monitoring tool for the Polar regions and expand scientific research capabilities and climate services.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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IRENA, Partners Launch New Version of Global Atlas for Renewable Energy [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and partners have released the second edition of the 'Global Atlas on Renewable Energy,' which includes maps for a number of renewable energy resources, and new functions and tools. The Atlas initiative aims to provide access for countries to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their renewable energy potential.

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Cities in Central Asia, Caucasus Join UNISDR Resilient Campaign [viewed]

UNISDR12 January 2015: Eight cities in Central Asia and the Caucasus have joined the UN campaign, ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready,' which includes over 2,400 participants worldwide. The eight cities are: Noyemberyan and Berd in Armenia; Tbilisi and Gori in Georgia; Oskemen and Ridder in Kazakhstan; and Bishkek and Kara-Kol in Kyrgyzstan. By joining the campaign, the cities commit to strengthen community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into local policies.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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Event: Third International Conference on Natural Resource Management for Food and Rural Livelihoods [viewed]

Organized by the Soil Conservation Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, this conference will address ways to boost agricultural productivity for food security and economic development, while conserving and restoring the natural resource base. Topics to be covered include: assessment, development and management of natural and human resources for livelihood and food security; integrated management of water and land resources to prevent land degradation and salinity related desertification; conservation agriculture systems for drylands, rainfed and irrigated areas; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies including carbon sequestration in soils for different land use systems; and policy frameworks for capacity building to mitigate emerging problems in natural resource management. This is a 2015 International Year of Soils event.  

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Asia-Pacific LDCs Call for Preferential Treatment in Trade, Financing and Technology [viewed]

unohrlls-undp16 December 2014: Ministers from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Asia-Pacific region emphasized the need for structural transformation of their economies to enable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the close of a three-day meeting organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).

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Event: South Asian Conference on Climate Change: Risks and Actions [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Water Resource Engineering Department of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, together with the Research and Development Foundation (RDF) of Pakistan, will seek to: provide a forum for sharing lessons and strengthening the participation of civil society and the public sector in climate change-related activities; strengthen collaboration among stakeholders on the issue of climate change and its impacts; and create linkages among organizations at various levels working on climate change.  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned [viewed]

This Disaster Risk Reduction Expert Forum, organized by the Consortium for Capacity Building of the University of Colorado Boulder, US, will convene to examine 'lessons learned about lessons learned' about hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, focusing on usability of the lessons identified from scientific and societal findings relating to DRR and a changing climate.  

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