Asia

Third Meeting of BASIC Group Issues Joint Statement [viewed]

25 April 2010: The third meeting on climate change of Ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, from 25-26 April 2010. The Group issued a Joint Statement on 25 April 2010.

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Brazil Convenes IBSA and BRIC Meetings [viewed]

15 April 2010: Government representatives from Brazil met with their counterparts from India and South Africa (IBSA), and with Russia, India and China (BRIC), in Brasilia, Brazil, on 15 April 2010, to discuss climate change among other issues.

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Japan and Malaysia Announce Initiative to Cooperate on Environment and Energy [viewed]

19 April 2010: Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, and Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, held a summit meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on 19 April 2010, to discuss cooperation for environment and energy.

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ASEAN Leaders Issue Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

9 April 2010: The 16th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took place from the 8-9 April 2010, in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The session was themed “Towards the ASEAN community: from vision to action.”

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East Asia Can Stabilize Emissions without Compromising Growth - World Bank [viewed]

19 April 2010: The World Bank has released a  report titled “Winds of Change: East Asia's Sustainable Energy Future,” which argues that the six major energy-using countries of East Asia could stabilize their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025 without compromising growth.

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CARICOM-Japan Consultations Held [viewed]

15 April 2010: The 14th Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Japan Consultations were held at CARICOM Secretariat headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, on 15 April 2010, in preparation for the Second CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, which will convene in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2010. Participants discussed bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues such as the financial and economic crisis, security, climate change and disaster management.

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UNDP Releases Report on China and Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

15 April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has commissioned a report titled "China and a Sustainable Future, Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society," coordinated by the Renmin University of China, which argues that the country has “no other choice” but to shift to a low carbon development path as it continues to urbanize.

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UNEP and Indian Premier League Organize Green Cricket Match [viewed]

9 April 2010: The Punjab Cricket Association hosted the first-ever carbon neutral cricket match on 9 April 2010, in Punjab, India. The green match, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Indian Premier League, was part of the “Batting for the Environment” initiative, launched in March 2010.

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ADB Finances First Cross-Border Hydropower CDM Project [viewed]

12 April 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is financing a hydropower project that will enable Bhutan to export clean energy to India and issue Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits.

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UN-REDD Workshop Held in Indonesia [viewed]

1 April 2010: The implementation of UN-REDD activities in Indonesia was officially launched at the UN-REDD Inception Workshop, held from 30-31 March 2010, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Representatives of various ministries, provincial governments, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) discussed reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in Indonesia and the UN Programme's activities.

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