Asia

Event: Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change [viewed]

The conference aims to share the latest developments in adaptation planning and practices, priority sectors and measures at different levels and disseminate knowledge among stakeholders and communities. The specific objectives are to: bring different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of Community Based Adaptation (CBA) planning and practices from different parts of the developing world, particularly Bangladesh; capture the latest learning from CBA planning and practices around the developing world; enhance capacity of the practitioners to help the most vulnerable groups and people in improving livelihoods in developing countries; share lessons learnt to facilitate integration of climate change into national and international development programmes; and disseminate lessons learnt at the conference through proceedings and immediate conference summary. Conference partners include: the Asian Development Bank (ADB); the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); the World Bank; the World Food Programme (WFP); and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

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IEA Paper Highlights Challenges and Opportunities Facing India's Power Sector [viewed]

3 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper titled “Technology Development Prospects for the Indian Power Sector,” as a part of its four country case study series on energy trends.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Cancun Agreements Form a "Solid Foundation" [viewed]

2 March 2011: Addressing a climate change symposium organized by the Japan Institute of International Affairs, in Tokyo, Japan, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, highlighted the outcomes of the Cancun Climate Change Conference and shared her views on the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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UNIDO Supports Ethanol Technology Transfer Project in Viet Nam [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is supporting a new project for the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies from Thailand to Viet Nam.

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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ESCAP Trust Fund Expands to Include Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change [viewed]

3 March 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced that the UN ESCAP trust fund supporting early warning systems for tsunamis will be expanded to include disaster preparedness and climate change activities in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia countries.

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Event: 10th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) [viewed]

The 10th APRSCP is co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia Solid Waste Association (InSWA). The objectives of the meeting are to: enhance and strengthen regional cooperation through information and experience exchange in development and implementation of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) strategies; promote best practices, programs, local initiatives and lessons learned on SCP related projects in Asia and the Pacific region; and to review the SCP framework and activities, identifying potential challenges and alternative solutions for implementing SCP strategy in relation to greening business and climate change mitigation.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Turning Cancun Agreements into Action [viewed]

1 March 2011: Addressing the media in Tokyo, Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to transform the Cancun Agreements into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

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World Bank Supports Distance Learning Course on Climate Change Science and Policy [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank through its Global Development Learning Network is supporting the organization of a distance learning course on “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from 8 April-8 June 2011.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Tokyo Symposium [viewed]

28 February 2011: Speaking at a symposium organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in Tokyo, Japan, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, emphasized that all parties have to be "on-board" in order for greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations to be stabilized.  

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