Asia

MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action [viewed]

afd adb eb eib idb wb11 September 2014: In a joint statement issued in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, which is taking place on 23 September in New York, US, key multilateral development banks (MDBs) have affirmed their commitment to reinforce and further develop climate financing by maintaining a strong institutional focus on climate change. Since 2011, the six MDBs behind the statement have delivered close to US$75 billion in climate financing, of which approximately 20% has been in support of adaptation.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Event: Towards a Deforestation-free Future: The Demand-side Challenge [viewed]

To be held at the margins of Climate Week, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), in collaboration with other partners, are facilitating a discussion on reducing deforestation while promoting economic growth, drawing on examples from Indonesia. Registration for the event is required prior to 15 September 2014.  

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ADB Highlights Wind and PV Potential in Developing Asia [viewed]

ADBAugust 2014: A total investment of US$2.3 trillion will be required for wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) to supply 10% of developing Asia's electricity in 2035, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study, titled ‘Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources,' examines the status and future prospects of wind energy, PV and unconventional gas in the region.

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2014 SEED Awards Celebrate African, Low-Carbon and Women's Enterprises [viewed]

Seed10 September 2014: A total of 41 enterprises from Africa and elsewhere have received the 2014 SEED Award, which celebrates innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises in developing and emerging economies tackling key sustainable development challenges at community level. The awards were announced during the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium, held from 10-11 September 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings [viewed]

UNFCCC9 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties.

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IFPRI Launches Climate Change and Food Policy Website [viewed]

IFPRI Logo8 September 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a new website showcasing ongoing climate change research and project activities. The website aims to gather content, such as blogs, research outputs and project updates, from IFPRI climate change-related research and work seeking to assist small-scale farmers in finding ways to sustainably adapt and build resilience to a changing climate.

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Event: Seminar on Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change, and Island Partnership [viewed]

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY), the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) are co-hosting a seminar on the 'Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change and Island Partnership,' at the TECO-NY office on 22 September 2014, from 2-5 pm. The seminar will explore the intersections between the negotiation on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, and the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014.  

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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IEA Simulates ETS in Chinese Power Sector [viewed]

IEA2 September 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report, titled ‘Emissions Trading in the People's Republic of China: A Simulation for the Power Sector,' which presents the results of a simulated Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the Chinese power sector that the IEA developed and ran in collaboration with the China Electricity Council (CEC), the China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to prepare to “gradually develop a carbon trading market” in accordance with China's 12th five-year plan (2011-2015).

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