Asia

BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security [viewed]

Mountain Partnership14 July 2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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WTO Members Launch Talks on Environmental Goods [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)8 July 2014: Thirteen States and the EU, which together account for 86% of global trade in environmental goods, have announced the launch of plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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FCPF Welcomes Belize, Sudan and Uruguay [viewed]

Forest Carbon10 July 22014: The seventeenth meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee accepted Belize, Sudan and Uruguay into the Partnership. The Partnership now includes 47 countries.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Approves US$35 Million in Funding [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme9 July 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Policy Board of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) approved more than US$35 million in funding for REDD+ readiness. The funding included allocations for National Programmes in Argentina, Cote d'Ivoire and Mongolia.

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Event: Sixth BRICS Summit [viewed]

The sixth Summit of the BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will convene in Fortaleza and Brasília, Brazil, from 15-16 July, under the theme 'Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Solutions'. The Summit will discuss the establishment of the BRICS Development Bank, aimed at financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects, and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement for assisting countries of the bloc. Discussions will also be held on social inclusion and development. The Summit is expected to result in the signing of two primary financial agreements, an action plan for common social indicators methodologies, and the Fortaleza Declaration containing views of the group on matters on the international agenda and of cooperation within the BRICS. Preceding the Summit, meetings of the BRICS finance ministers, central bank governors and ministers of trade, the BRICS Business Forum and Business Council, and the BRICS Financal Forum will be held on 14 July in Fortaleza.  

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WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events [viewed]

WMO11 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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US, China to Cooperate on Energy and Forests to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag9 July 2014: The US and China have announced several joint initiatives with the aim of addressing climate change, including demonstration projects in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and smart grids, a study on natural gas use in industrial boilers, and an initiative on climate change and forests.

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FCPF Carbon Fund Selects Three Country Programmes [viewed]

worldbank-fcpfJuly 2014: The 'Chair's Summary' of the tenth meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund (C10) has been released, with Duncan Marsh, C10 Chair, highlighting the selection of Chile and Viet Nam into the Carbon Fund pipeline. The Republic of the Congo, which also presented its Emission Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN), was provisionally selected.

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Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the APAC Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 28-29 October 2014, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 29-30 October 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the Asia and Pacific (APAC) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing​. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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