Asia

IEA Assesses Cost-Effectiveness of Variable Renewable Energy [viewed]

IEA26 February 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book exploring how power systems with high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, can remain reliable and cost-effective. Its key finding is that a high share of renewables can be affordable  in any country context.  

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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Event: CDKN Workshop: Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

The Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) is hosting a workshop to explore the linkages between climate change and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and to bring together climate change and sustainable development experts and practitioners from across Southeast Asia. This workshop is one in a series of events on this theme that CDKN will convene in developing countries in the coming months, the outcomes of which will feed into the UN Climate Summit, being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September 2014. Experts from government, civil society, academia and the private sector are expected to discuss how to include climate change in the SDGs. Participants will discuss, inter alia: advantages and disadvantages of a stand-alone goal on climate change and of mainstreaming climate change impacts into the SDGs; challenges to ensuring an outcome that is mutually beneficial for both climate change and development, and how to overcome them; and how developing countries can influence the two processes. A briefing paper will capture the key messages emerging from the discussions, which will help to clarify the SDG/climate change linkages, and enable developing country voices to be heard.  

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ADB Evaluation Calls for Focus on Socially Inclusive, Environmentally Sustainable Growth [viewed]

ADB4 March 2014: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department has released its mid-term review of the Bank's operations, calling for a stronger focus on socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth. The recommended shifts are expected to support social inclusion through job creation and improving livelihoods, advance environmental care and climate action, and generate high growth.

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FAO Coordinates Webinar on Gender Dimensions of Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO4 March 2014: With the goal of better understanding the gender dimensions of climate-smart agriculture, a month-long online webinar was held in February 2014 coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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Human Rights Council Hears Statements on the Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

UN Human Rights3 March 2014: The 25th session of the Human Rights Council opened with high-level statements expressing concern regarding the situation in a number of countries and regions around the world, and outlining some of the efforts countries are undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights. A number of statements highlighted the linkages between human rights and climate change.

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UNECE, UNDP Facilitate Water Cooperation in Chu and Talas River Basins [viewed]

UNDP UNECE27 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Kyrgyz authorities have organized meetings aimed at promoting water cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan in the transboundary Chu and Talas Rivers.

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SIDS PrepCom Commences Negotiations for September 2014 Conference [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo26 February 2014: The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) elected the Bureau and discussed the objectives and substantive theme of the Conference, as well as organizational and procedural matters, during its first meeting. 

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EU Supports Climate Adaptation, Sustainable Energy in Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

eu-pifs27 February 2014: The EU has signed a financing agreement with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) to strengthen Pacific island countries' capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, as well as to enhance their energy security at national, provincial and local levels. 

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ICRAF Highlights Importance of Agroforestry in Lower Mekong Basin [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)27 February 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released a working paper on the role of agroforestry in supporting ecosystem services and livelihoods in the Lower Mekong basin. The study examines agroforestry systems in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, with a particular focus on land-use change and climate change as drivers of vulnerability.

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