Asia

US, Chinese Subnational Leaders Issue Climate Declaration [viewed]

climate_leaders_summit16 September 2015: A number US and Chinese subnational leaders issued the US-China Climate Leaders Declaration stressing their determination to lead climate actions in their respective countries, municipalities and regions. The declaration was issued at the US-China Climate Leaders Summit, an outcome of the US and Chinese Presidents' Joint Announcement on Climate Change of November 2014.

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UNFCCC Reports on Gender-Responsive Climate Policy Workshop [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2015/12) for the workshop on gender-responsive climate policy, which was held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2015. The workshop examined how gender considerations are integrated into UNFCCC processes, especially with regard to mitigation action, and technology development and transfer.

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Event: 26th Annual SPREP Meeting [viewed]

The 26th annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will begin, on 21 September, with the 5th Pacific Environment Forum (PEF), which will focus on opportunities and challenges in climate change finance, particularly how members and SPREP could work together to improve access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and other funds. It will be followed, on 22-24 September, by the 26th SPREP Meeting of Officials, which will review progress over the past year, and discuss institutional reform, the 2016 work programme and budget, the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), climate finance, a new 2016-2025 regional strategy on waste and pollution management, the role SPREP in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals, the development of the next SPREP Strategic Plan. The Meeting is also expected to announce the new SPREP Director-General.  

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Event: Coherent Policies for Sustainable and Low-Carbon Societies [viewed]

This event will focus on how to enhance policy coherence to build synergies and manage trade-offs among sectors, with the broader aim of promoting a low-carbon transition and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will consider climate and development policy domains as well as emphasizing the importance of addressing misalignment among overall policy frameworks, sustainable development and climate goals. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Government of the Republic of Korea are organizing the event. OCED Secretary-General Angel Gurría will provide opening remarks, and Korea's Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Oh Kyung-Tae, will give an introductory address on climate change.  

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WMO GFCS Supports Resilience Building through Weather Services in Central Asia [viewed]

wmo_gfcs11 September 2015: At a workshop convened under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), an initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Central Asian countries received training and information on the latest developments in delivering climate data, products and services for informed decision making for climate-sensitive sectors.

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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Jordan Submits INDC [viewed]

jordan-flag10 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Jordan is the 60th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces an unconditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 1.5% below a business as usual reference scenario by 2030. The INDC also announces a conditional target of an additional 12.5% in reductions, dependent on availability of international financial aid and means of implementation (MOI).

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UNEP: Holistic Waste Management Can Cut GHG Emissions 20% Annually [viewed]

UNEP7 September 2015: The first global waste status report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests that holistic management of the world's solid waste problem could cut annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 20% while generating green jobs, improving public health and saving countries billions of dollars.

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Fatih Birol Assumes IEA Leadership, Visits China [viewed]

IEA1 September 2015: Fatih Birol has begun his term as the new Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Birol, a Turkish citizen, succeeds former Dutch economy minister Maria van der Hoeven as the Agency's head. Birol joined the Agency in 1995, where he has acted as Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics. Prior to joining the IEA, Birol served in the Secretariat of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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Co-Chairs Announced for Post-2015 Summit Interactive Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summit31 August 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the Heads of State and Government who will serve as Co-Chairs of each interactive dialogue session during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Summit), taking place on 25-27 September 2015. In his letter accompanying the list, Kutesa indicates that the selection of Co-Chairs was based on submissions as well as consultations with the regional groups of Member States.

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