Asia

Asia-Pacific Countries to Jointly Address Hydro-Meteorological Disasters [viewed]

logos_escap_typhoon13 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) hosted a meeting during which representatives from 17 countries agreed to work together to build resilience to hydro-meteorological disasters through enhanced regional cooperation, and to share knowledge, review scientific and technological advances, and identify gaps across the region. The joint session of the ESCAP/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee (TC) and the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) was the first time the two groups met jointly in 18 years.

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Efficient Lighting Workshop Identifies Policy Options for ASEAN [viewed]

lites_asia_unep6 February 2015: A regional lites.asia workshop on lighting policy, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), considered opportunities for ensuring adequate market surveillance and harmonized policy for efficient lighting in Asia and the Pacific. More than 70 stakeholder representatives participated in the meeting, which identified policy options for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the broader region.

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UK Allocates £40 Million to BioCarbon Fund [viewed]

Worldbanklogo27 January 2015: The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) announced a contribution of £40 million to the World Bank administered BioCarbon Fund (BCF). The funding will support the BCF Initiative on Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use, deforestation and forest degradation.

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Climate Agreement, Post-2015 Development Need Each Other, Say Experts and Officials [viewed]

unsdsn10 February 2015: Experts and high-level officials discussed specific ways to build mutually reinforcing processes on climate change and the post-2015 development agenda, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's high-level debate on means of implementation.

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G20 Finance Ministers Express Support for FfD, Tackling Tax Avoidance [viewed]

g20-turkey10 February 2015: Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors released a Communiqué from their first meeting under Turkey's presidency. The Communiqué expresses their full support to the G20-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (BEPS), which aims to modernize international tax rules and tackle cross-border tax avoidance, and to the achievement of a successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) “towards the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.”

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Mountain Partnership Highlights Mountains, Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Nexus [viewed]

Mountain PartnershipFebruary 2015: The February 2015 issue of the Mountain Partnership newsletter, titled ‘Peak to Peak,' focuses on diverse events held on 11 December 2014 in over 30 countries around the world to celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD). The IMD theme was ‘Mountain Family Farming.'

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World Bank Supports DRR in Timor-Leste, Mongolia [viewed]

Worldbanklogo6 February 2015: The World Bank signed a three-year US$2.7 million grant agreement to finance the Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project along the Dili-Ainaro Road Corridor in Dili, Timor-Leste. Together with the National Disaster Management Agency (NEMA) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), it also hosted a training programme on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction' in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Event: Second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD [viewed]

The global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will convene prior to the 38th session of IFAD's Governing Council. The meeting will focus on indigenous food systems and sustainable development. The Forum, which institutionalizes IFAD's consultation and dialogue with indigenous peoples' representatives at the national, regional and international levels, held its first global meeting in 2013. In preparation for the second Forum, regional workshops took place in late 2014 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.  

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Global Governance for Tackling Poverty, Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations9 February 2015: The success of plans to end poverty and avert the worst impacts of climate change “will depend on accountable and transparent governments that engage people in decisions affecting them,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening remarks at the 2015 Government Summit. Ban called for a new model of global governance “that is ready for the future, accountable, transparent, inclusive and participatory.”

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Delhi Summit Addresses SDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

terlin8 February 2015: The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), convening in New Delhi, India, for the 15th time, focused on theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Dealing with Climate Change.' The Summit brought together Heads of State and Government from approximately 20 countries, together with Nobel laureates, business leaders and academics, to provide inputs to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and on action on climate change.

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