Asia

Cities in Central Asia, Caucasus Join UNISDR Resilient Campaign [viewed]

UNISDR12 January 2015: Eight cities in Central Asia and the Caucasus have joined the UN campaign, ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready,' which includes over 2,400 participants worldwide. The eight cities are: Noyemberyan and Berd in Armenia; Tbilisi and Gori in Georgia; Oskemen and Ridder in Kazakhstan; and Bishkek and Kara-Kol in Kyrgyzstan. By joining the campaign, the cities commit to strengthen community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into local policies.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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Event: Third International Conference on Natural Resource Management for Food and Rural Livelihoods [viewed]

Organized by the Soil Conservation Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, this conference will address ways to boost agricultural productivity for food security and economic development, while conserving and restoring the natural resource base. Topics to be covered include: assessment, development and management of natural and human resources for livelihood and food security; integrated management of water and land resources to prevent land degradation and salinity related desertification; conservation agriculture systems for drylands, rainfed and irrigated areas; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies including carbon sequestration in soils for different land use systems; and policy frameworks for capacity building to mitigate emerging problems in natural resource management. This is a 2015 International Year of Soils event.  

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Asia-Pacific LDCs Call for Preferential Treatment in Trade, Financing and Technology [viewed]

unohrlls-undp16 December 2014: Ministers from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Asia-Pacific region emphasized the need for structural transformation of their economies to enable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the close of a three-day meeting organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).

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Event: South Asian Conference on Climate Change: Risks and Actions [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Water Resource Engineering Department of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, together with the Research and Development Foundation (RDF) of Pakistan, will seek to: provide a forum for sharing lessons and strengthening the participation of civil society and the public sector in climate change-related activities; strengthen collaboration among stakeholders on the issue of climate change and its impacts; and create linkages among organizations at various levels working on climate change.  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned [viewed]

This Disaster Risk Reduction Expert Forum, organized by the Consortium for Capacity Building of the University of Colorado Boulder, US, will convene to examine 'lessons learned about lessons learned' about hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, focusing on usability of the lessons identified from scientific and societal findings relating to DRR and a changing climate.  

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Event: Eighth India Climate Policy and Business Conclave [viewed]

This annual event, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), will center on climate policy and carbon markets, with a special focus on the role and responses of businesses, including industry initiatives and case studies on global climate policy and negotiations. FICCI is organizing the Conclave in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India, the World Bank, and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany, with support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) India. The event will feature a master class on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), focusing on the design and framework of NAMAs.  

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December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-GEF-WB-CIFDecember 2014: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved finance for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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GEF CEO Stresses India's Role in 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

GEF19 December 2014: In an editorial written for the Hindu Business Line, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), notes that India, as the world's third largest economy in purchasing power parity, will play a critical role in combating climate change. She writes that the most important building block of the 2015 Paris climate agreement will be the announcement of each country's intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions, and that India's INDC will be closely scrutinized.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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