Asia

Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC8 May 2015: Since the month of February, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Ecuador, Grenada, Liechtenstein, the Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau and South Africa have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 30.

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CCAFS Reports on Advances in Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS7 May 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published its 2014 annual report, titled ‘Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally,' on advancing the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers' fields and global initiatives, as well as through collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers.

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PNG Announces National Forest Inventory Project [viewed]

unredd_eu_fao7 May 2015: The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) announced support from the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the European Union (EU) to complete a national forest inventory. Papua New Guinea currently does not have a regular national forest assessment to support policy development.

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Event: Workshop on Corruption Risks and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Climate Aid [viewed]

The 'Workshop on Corruption Risks and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Climate Aid – Good Governance towards Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in Achieving Objectives of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation' will discuss: how to most effectively address corruption; and how anti-corruption efforts can be integrated into measures that achieve good governance in combating climate change, and ensuring transparent, efficient and accountable use of climate finance. This high-level and interactive workshop will present cases drawn from climate aid flows and corruption examples in climate aid in the Philippines. Trainers from the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, as well as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and staff from the German Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), will facilitate a training workshop. More specifically, the event aims to: develop a common understanding of corruption risks, causes and consequences in climate financial flows and uses, including regarding natural resource management; examine existing and potential anticorruption strategies to mitigate corruption risks in climate financing and in natural resource management; and formulate recommendations for mitigating corruption risk in the climate financing flows at country level, using the Philippines as a case study. The workshop is being organized by ADB, in collaboration with GIZ, the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, and in partnership with the Government of the Philippines' Office of the Ombudsman.  

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GFDRR Calls for Strengthening Disaster Recovery Systems [viewed]

gfdrrMay 2015: The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has published a report that: documents the challenges and progress made globally in integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures into post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation; and recommends policies for strengthening disaster recovery systems to enable countries to protect their development gains.

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Event: Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is organizing this hands-on training workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on vulnerability and adaptation assessment, from 29 June - 3 July 2015.  

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Event: Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European Regions on NAMAs [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a technical capacity-building workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to: facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt in preparation and implementation of NAMAs by providing a platform to showcase NAMAs and innovative financing options; collaborate with international partners to conduct the workshops and ensure synergy, coherence, cost effectiveness and avoid duplication; provide a platform for networking by bringing experts of developing countries and international organizations/donors together; provide partners from international organizations with an opportunity to better understand capacity building needs of countries in the region so that they can target their technical support to meet specific needs of developing countries; and explore how and by what means the experiences gained in implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) standards could be linked with NAMAs. Similar workshops were also held in 2013 and 2014.  

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ICAO Dialogues Focus on Market-Based Mechanism for Aviation Emissions [viewed]

Icao1 May 2015: Through a multi-regional outreach effort carried out in April 2015, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) connected with 35o stakeholders from 79 countries to discuss market-based mechanisms (MBMs) as a means of mitigating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international aviation. This first round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs) on MBMs, involved two-day sessions in five regions, where participants heard updates on ICAO's development of a global MBM scheme and offered feedback.

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ASEAN Summit Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Resilience [viewed]

Asean27 April 2015: The Heads of State and Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a declaration committing to economic, social, cultural, physical and environmental measures that will reduce vulnerability to disaster and climate-related risks. The signatories pledge their intention to systematically mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation into policy making at the local, national and regional levels through multistakeholder engagement.

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BRICS Environment Ministers Discuss Green Economy, Climate Change [viewed]

brics22 April 2015: The Environment Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) gathered for their first official meeting, to discuss green economy development and cooperation in tackling climate change. The Ministers highlighted that sustainable development should address in particular: poverty eradication; changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP); protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development; and addressing climate change.

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