Asia

Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Highlight Role of Transparency During Event in Warsaw [viewed]

19nov-enbots-event719 November 2013: An interactive session on 'Reaping Emissions Reductions from Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Learning from Success Stories' was organized by Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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Development and Climate Days Discuss Innovative, Climate-Smart Development [viewed]

dcdays17 November 2013: Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) took place from 16-17 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC. The days focused on the theme, “Innovative approaches, inclusive dialogue for climate-smart development.”

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ICRAF Reports on Landscape Emission Reductions Pilot Project [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)18 November 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) announced a report from the Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) highlighting the lessons learned and outcomes from the project, ‘Reduced Emission from All Land Use (REALU)'.

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CCAFS Assesses Challenges in National Adaptation Planning in the Agriculture Sector [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: Underscoring the vulnerability and need for adaptation in the agriculture sector, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released an overview of progress on the development of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) from twelve countries in West and East Africa and South Asia, with a particular focus on agriculture and food security.

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UNOSAT Bangkok Office Will Facilitate DRR Work [viewed]

bangkok-office14 November 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand, following up on a partnership agreement between UNITAR and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on disaster management, capacity development and satellite applications.

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WMO Releases Provisional Statement on Status of Climate 2013 [viewed]

WMO13 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional statement on the 'Status of the Global Climate 2013,' which confirms that 2013 is currently on track to be among the top ten warmest years on record, and that global sea level reached a new record high due, in part, to melting ice caps and glaciers.

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UNU-EHS Report Illustrates Loss and Damage in Four Countries [viewed]

UNU-EHS11 November 2013: Despite on-going adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing climate-induced loss and damage that threatens their food security and livelihoods and forces them deeper into poverty, according to a report by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ‘Pushed to the Limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation' presents case studies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal that analyze the impacts of droughts and floods on households, primarily small-scale farmers.

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UNDP, UNEP-Risø, UNFCCC Publication Provides NAMA Guidance [viewed]

UNDP UNEP18 November 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-Risø have launched a publication titled ‘Guidance for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Design: Building on country experiences.'

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UNU-IAS Report Highlights Urban Climate Co-Benefits [viewed]

Unuiaslogo18 November 2013: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has launched a policy report, titled ‘Urban Development and Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities.' The report examines challenges and opportunities in implementing urban climate co-benefit approaches, with a particular focus on developing country cities and sub-national processes in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

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