Asia

Maldives Implementing Low-Carbon Development Strategy [viewed]

unepdtu17 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has formulated a Low Carbon Development Strategy for the Maldives' Ministry of Energy and Environment, which will support the country in fulfilling its pledge to be carbon-neutral, as announced under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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CIFOR Examines Social Safeguards in REDD+ [viewed]

CIFOR18 November 2014: A study conducted by researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) demonstrates the importance of urgent action to address the social aspects of REDD+. The study covers Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania, and focuses on social safeguards, which are expected to be a topic of discussion at the upcoming UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima, Peru.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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Eastern Partnership Negotiators Prepare for Lima COP [viewed]

MRV14 November 2014: In advance of the December 2014 climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru, countries of the Eastern Partnership participated in a Panel on Environment and Climate Change under the theme 'Economic Integration and Convergence with EU Policies.' The two-day seminar focused on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and what to expect at the 20th and 21st sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20 and COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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Brunei Darussalam Accepts Doha Amendment [viewed]

Brunei Darussalam Flag16 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Brunei Darussalam has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 19.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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US, Japan Announce Pledges to the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

us-japan15 November 2014: The US has announced a US$3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). US President Barak Obama made the announcement on the eve of the G20 Summit, which convened in Brisbane, Australia, from 15-16 November 2014. In a separate announcement, also on the margins of the G20 Summit, Japan said it would pledge US$1.5 billion. With these two announcements, the pledges received thus far by the GCF amount to US$7.5 billion.

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OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia [viewed]

OECD_NEW11 November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run.

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UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting [viewed]

enlighten11 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative has convened the Global Efficient Lighting Forum, which focused on accelerating the global phase-in of energy-efficient lighting products. The forum brought together representatives from electrical utilities, lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change by transitioning to energy-efficient lighting, and to discuss the best ways to accelerate such a transition.

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