Asia

Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN-REDD Explores Reference Level Setting [viewed]

unredd31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a report on approaches for establishing 'Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels' (FREL/FRLs), which are relevant for climate change mitigation efforts such as REDD+.

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UN-REDD Launches REDD+ Academy in Indonesia [viewed]

UNREDD-UNORCID31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) launched the REDD+ Academy in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The launch event targeted REDD+ practitioners and decision-makers in the Asia-Pacific region and drew over 80 participants.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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Asia-Pacific Experts Adopt Principles for Disaster-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2014: The Expert Group on Disaster-Related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, established earlier in 2014, has agreed to "core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics" at its first meeting. The principles are expected to move the region toward universal standards that will improve natural disaster preparedness and response.

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UNFCCC Reports on NAMA Workshop [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2014: The second workshop under the work programme to further the understanding of the diversity of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries provided an opportunity for discussion of the benefits of sharing technical information on NAMAs, as well as a platform for countries to share their experiences of seeking and providing support for NAMAs.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers [viewed]

unredd-forestcarbon28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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UN-REDD Releases Semi-Annual Progress Update [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released its 2014 Semi-annual Progress Report in preparation for its 13th Policy Board Meeting. The report highlights the completion of the external evaluation of UN-REDD, which covered the period 2008 to 2013.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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