Asia

World Water Week 2013 Calls for Dedicated SDG on Water [viewed]

world-water-week6 September 2013: World Water Week concluded with the presentation by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) of the Stockholm Statement, which calls for a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water. The statement will be presented as input to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) when it convenes in September 2013.

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ACQWA Project Assesses Climate Impacts on Water Quantity and Quality [viewed]

WMO4 September 2013: The results of a project known as ACQWA (Assessing Climate Impacts on the Quality and Quantity of Water) were presented at a conference at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters on 4 September.

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UNEP Publishes Reports on Low Carbon Transport and City Planning in India [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2013: Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on 'Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.'

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Event: G20 Leaders' Summit 2014 [viewed]

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum that assembles 19 members plus the EU, representing the world's major economies. General themes include global economy, financial regulation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The next G20 Summit will take place in Australia, which will work as a troika in defining the next work programme in cooperation with the past (Russian Federation) and future (Turkey) hosts. The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US, as well as the EU.  

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-Scaling [viewed]

PACC_Project28 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the annual review meeting of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which provided participants the opportunity to showcase country activities as the project moves into its fourth year, focusing on replication and scaling-up of activities.

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G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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CIFOR Newsletter Focuses on the Landscape Approach [viewed]

CIFORAugust 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the August edition of its online newsletter highlighting the launch of the online portal on the landscape approach, as well as the convening of the Global Landscapes Forum.

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Event: Asia LEDS Forum 2013 [viewed]

The Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum 2013 is convening under the theme 'Putting LEDS into Practice'. The 2013 Forum will employ a variety of interactive formats to support peer learning and sharing, building communities of practice, and skills acquisition to support LEDS implementation. Technical content will focus on key areas of LEDS implementation, including engaging stakeholders, securing finance, selecting appropriate tools and assessing impacts. The event, hosted by the Philippines Climate Change Commission, with support from Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) members, including USAID, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), AusAID and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will follow pre-meetings and side events to be held on 30 September. The Asia LEDS Forum brings together policymakers, donors, practitioners and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia.  

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FAO Launches Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2013: With the goal of supporting countries to build partnerships and streamline action on agriculture water management, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a regional Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East.

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