Asia

WMO GFCS Supports Resilience Building through Weather Services in Central Asia [viewed]

wmo_gfcs11 September 2015: At a workshop convened under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), an initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Central Asian countries received training and information on the latest developments in delivering climate data, products and services for informed decision making for climate-sensitive sectors.

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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Jordan Submits INDC [viewed]

jordan-flag10 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Jordan is the 60th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces an unconditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 1.5% below a business as usual reference scenario by 2030. The INDC also announces a conditional target of an additional 12.5% in reductions, dependent on availability of international financial aid and means of implementation (MOI).

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UNEP: Holistic Waste Management Can Cut GHG Emissions 20% Annually [viewed]

UNEP7 September 2015: The first global waste status report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests that holistic management of the world's solid waste problem could cut annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 20% while generating green jobs, improving public health and saving countries billions of dollars.

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Fatih Birol Assumes IEA Leadership, Visits China [viewed]

IEA1 September 2015: Fatih Birol has begun his term as the new Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Birol, a Turkish citizen, succeeds former Dutch economy minister Maria van der Hoeven as the Agency's head. Birol joined the Agency in 1995, where he has acted as Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics. Prior to joining the IEA, Birol served in the Secretariat of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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Co-Chairs Announced for Post-2015 Summit Interactive Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summit31 August 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the Heads of State and Government who will serve as Co-Chairs of each interactive dialogue session during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Summit), taking place on 25-27 September 2015. In his letter accompanying the list, Kutesa indicates that the selection of Co-Chairs was based on submissions as well as consultations with the regional groups of Member States.

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UN-REDD Brief Examines Fiscal Incentives for Agricultural Commodities as Part of REDD+ Readiness [viewed]

unreddSeptember 2015: Noting that fiscal policies and incentives are often key underlying drivers of forest change and influence land use behavior in sectors that encroach on forests, a brief produced by the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) suggests that REDD+ provides an entry point to rethinking fiscal incentives for agricultural commodities as part of National REDD+ Strategies and Action Plans.

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Arctic Conference Highlights Priorities for and Challenges Facing the Region [viewed]

glacier_20151 September 2015: The US Government convened the ‘Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER)' to highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic, define critical challenges facing the region, raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic, and focus on innovative approaches to address challenges at the local, national and international levels.

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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Researchers Developing Mutant Plant Varieties to Address Climate Change-Related Problems [viewed]

iaea_fao28 August 2015: Researchers from Afghanistan, Mauritius and Pakistan are developing new plant breeds that can withstand harsh climatic conditions such as erratic rains, droughts, disease and relentless heat, and help keep their countries' crops growing strong in the face of climate change.

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