Asia

UNCTAD LDC Report Highlights Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published "The Least Developed Countries Report 2010" which, among other issues, highlights the vulnerability of LDCs to climate impacts. For example, the report indicates that the LDC small island developing states (SIDS) and LDCs in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of storms and are also the least able to cope with the social and economic fallout from climate-related incidents.

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Phnom Penh Declaration on Economic Cooperation Strategy Adopted [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Heads of Government of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 17 November 2010, for the fourth Summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), adopted a declaration addressing agricultural, energy and environmental cooperation, among other items.

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UNEP to Assist Maldives in Becoming Carbon Neutral [viewed]

12 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced it is collaborating with GTZ and the Government of the Maldives to assist the country in becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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FAO Releases Case Studies of Woodfuels in Brazil, Mexico and India [viewed]

November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a Forests and Climate Change Working Paper titled "Woodfuels and climate change mitigation: Case studies from Brazil, India and Mexico."

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UNFCCC Releases Report on NEEDS Project [viewed]

24 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the "Synthesis report on the National Economic, Environment and Development Study (NEEDS) for Climate Change Project," which synthesizes the information contained in the reports of ten of the countries that participated in the project (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.7).

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UNFCCC Publishes NAPA Regional Training Workshop Report [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2010/15) on the regional training workshops on the implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) held in 2009–2010.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Regional Training Programme on Technology Transfer Project Preparation [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of its regional training programme on preparing technology transfer projects for financing, which took place between 2008 and 2010 (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.6).

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UNU Hosts Japan Iceland Geothermal Forum [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UN University-hosted "Japan Iceland Geothermal Forum 2010" focused on: the potential for geothermal energy both technically and financially to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change; the cooperation possibilities between Japan and Iceland, including development and financing; the challenges of geothermal use; the possibilities for further development of geothermal technologies; the role of governments in development of geothermal energy; and the strengths of the Japanese and Icelandic models.

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IUFRO, FAO and RECOFTC Release Publication on Asian Forests [viewed]

November 2010: The World Forests, Society and Environment Special Project of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have released a publication titled "Asian Forests: Working for People and Nature."

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Event: Conference on the Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Conference "Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy: Making Sustainable Development Inclusive," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will address the challenge of achieving poverty reduction in the face of growing climate variability and change. It will take stock of the conceptual understandings and empirical evidence developed in recent years and analyze its impact on policy formulation and implementation in Asia and the Pacific.  

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