Asia

Event: Resilient Cities Asia 2015 [viewed]

Organized for the first time, Resilient Cities Asia 2015, taking place from 11-13 February 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand, will aim to become a key regional platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, providing innovative solutions for cities and local governments, currently facing related threats and challenges, that will help mainstream resilience considerations into policy and practice. The event builds on 'Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation,' held since 2010, in Bonn, Germany, and is organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Event: Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Organized by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan, the UN Development Programme - Kyrgyzstan (UNDP Kyrgyzstan) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia (UNISDR CA), and hosted by the Government of Kyrgysztan, this meeting of Ministers of Disaster Management and Emergency Situations of the Central Asian and South Caucasus countries will discuss and agree on a regional statement on cooperation and coordination in the implementation of the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), to be adopted at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), to be held from 14-18 March 2015, in Sendai, Japan. The meeting follows a series of consultations held in the region since 2013.  

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Event: International Recovery Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 International Recovery Forum will be organized under the theme 'Commemorating Two Decades of Lessons from the 1995 Kobe Earthquake and its Critical Importance to the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' coinciding with a series of commemorative events on disaster risk reduction (DRR) planned in Kobe, Japan, for the month of January 2015. The Forum is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), Japan's Cabinet Office, the Hyogo Prefectural Government (HPG) and the International Recovery Platform (IRP). The Forum outcomes are expected to provide inputs for the discussions on DRR at the forthcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place from 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.  

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OECD Examines Climate Finance Tracking [viewed]

OECD_NEW4 December 2014: The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted a side event during the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Tracking Public and Private Climate Finance: Towards Improved Data and Increased Transparency.' The event considered the implications of recent achievements in data and tracking for the UNFCCC and how these methodological developments might contribute to a 2015 climate agreement.

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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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ESCAP, Thailand Commemorate 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami [viewed]

UNESCAP15 December 2014: During an event that convened ten years after one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has ever seen, panelists took stock of progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, and identified remaining gaps and regional priorities going forward. The event highlighted that, while much has been done to fill the gaps in risk reduction, disaster preparedness and early warning systems ten years on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which hit on 26 December 2004, much remains to be done, particularly at the local level.

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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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Guest Article #122: Towards a Third Decade of Connecting Science and Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

In just over three months' time, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) will celebrate its 20th anniversary of operations, carrying on its mission of connecting scientists in the global change community, enhancing scientific capacity of member country researchers, and strengthening science-policy interactions across the region.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019 [viewed]

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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