Asia

UNSG: 2016 Must See National Traction on SDGs, “Put the Last First” [viewed]

ban_ki_moon14 January 2016: “We begin 2016 needing to get our priorities right,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an informal briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). He noted the heavy responsibility resting on “Year One” of the UN's new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is also the last year of Ban's tenure as Secretary-General.

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 [viewed]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is an Abu Dhabi government initiative to address the interconnected challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development. The largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, ADSW encourages outcomes that pave the way toward sustainability, and provides the opportunity for dialogue and cooperation through policy dialogues, conferences, exhibitions and other events. ADSW 2016 is comprised of: an opening ceremony; the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), including a solar expo and sustainable transport zone; the International Water Summit; the EcoWaste exhibition; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly. It also will also include the following events: Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy; IRENA Financial Times Debate; Egypt Energy Forum; Abu Dhabi Global Action Day; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirate's international awards for energy and sustainability pioneers.

Speakers during the opening event include: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and nine heads of states, including those from the Seychelles, Palau, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Morocco.

ADSW is being hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and is expected to attract more than 33,000, with over 80 heads and ministers of state, and other participants from more than 170 countries.  

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Event: Global Aviation Dialogues: Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting [viewed]

This Asia-Pacific regional meeting will meet in Indonesia to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

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Event: Global Aviation Dialogues: Middle East [viewed]

This Middle East regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

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Event: CGE Regional Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European Regions on BUR Preparation [viewed]

This Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UNFCCC (CGE) Regional Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on preparing Biennial Update Reports (BURs) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  

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Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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CDKN Launches Digital Book on Mainstreaming Climate Compatible Development [viewed]

CDKNDecember 2015: The Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has launched a digital book, titled 'Mainstreaming Climate Compatible Development,' which provides insights and lessons learned from practical experience in increasing climate resilience in developing countries. The book aims to inform and support decision makers, development planners and practitioners working to address climate change by sharing practical approaches to address key challenges of climate compatible development.

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Event: Disaster Relief Asia [viewed]

This conference and exhibition will address the need for governments and international agencies to implement appropriate warning systems and response procedures to deal with the increasing number of disasters in Asia. It will explore different areas of disasters, including: search and rescue operations and cooperation among agencies; airlift support; humanitarian aid and planning for displaced civilians; and future warning systems under development for different disasters. The conference will also look at recent natural catastrophes in Asia and evaluate the subsequent response and humanitarian efforts. This will be the inaugural Disaster Relief Asia conference and is being hosted by Intelligence-Sec Limited.  

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UNGA Agrees on Inclusive Participation at Habitat III [viewed]

hiii23 December 2015: The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be “the most inclusive [Conference] ever organized by the UN,” according to the Conference secretariat, following the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) adoption of the modalities of work for Habitat III. The text approves rules of procedure for the Conference and arrangements for accreditation and participation of major groups and other stakeholders, including recognition of the participation of local authorities. The Assembly also encourages Member States to conclude negotiations on the Conference outcome by July 2016, at the Preparatory Committee's third session.

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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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