Asia

Event: REDD+ Academy – Asia [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) are convening the first in a series of REDD+ Academies aimed at training REDD+ decision-makers in issues such as national REDD+ strategies, safeguards and stakeholder engagement. This session will bring together members of the Indonesian Parliament, environmental journalists, and REDD+ future leaders and practitioners from the sixteen UN-REDD partner countries across the region. The Academy will be supported by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be launched in 2015.  

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World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: A study by the World Bank finds evidence of a positive relationship between fuel prices, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth and job creation, and encourages the governments of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cut energy subsidies in order to build dynamic, employment-intensive economies. The study, titled ‘Corrosive Subsidies,' also projects economic growth in the MENA transition countries to be hampered by macroeconomic imbalances and unfinished subsidy reform.

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WMO, Oman Build Cyclone Forecasting/Warning Capacity [viewed]

WMO7 October 2014: The Sultanate of Oman and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through the provision of training for forecasters using the most current techniques.

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Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation [viewed]

World Bank29 September 2014: The 11th meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC), hosted by the World Bank, discussed the latest research on the economics of water management, focusing on the theme “Efficiency and Water Conservation.”

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Policy Update #16: UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate [viewed]

“dear matafele peinam… they're marching for you, baby they're marching for us because we deserve to do more than just survive we deserve to thrive.” (Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist speaking at the opening of the 2014 Climate Summit)

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Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its substantive work, on 7 October 2014, with a statement from Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, a keynote address from Janet Gornick, and the start of the Committee's general debate. The debate continues on 8-9 October.

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SPREP Launches Support Mechanism for Climate Resilience [viewed]

SPREP3 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience's Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM). RTSM was announced during SPREP's 25th Annual Meeting that convened in Majuro, the Marshall Islands, from 30 September - 2 October 2014.

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IEA, ASEAN Strengthen Collaboration on Energy Efficiency, Renewables [viewed]

iea-asean2 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have issued a joint statement applauding past collaboration and outlining future joint activities. The IEA-ASEAN joint statement builds on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two organizations from 2011, serving as the basis for annual AMEM-IEA joint dialogues.

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Asia-Pacific Forum Fosters Partnerships for Climate Resilience [viewed]

apan4 October 2014: The Fourth Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Fostering strong partnerships to build a climate resilient Asia Pacific,' brought together over 600 scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society organizations, the private sector and donor agencies from more than 30 countries to come up with innovative solutions to address the impacts of climate change.

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BNEF: Global Clean Energy Investments on the Rise [viewed]

bloombergnewenergyfinance2 October 2014: According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), over the first nine months of 2014, global investments in clean energy were 16% higher than during the same period in 2013. Total clean energy investments in this period reached US$175 billion. Investments in the third quarter of 2014 were similarly higher than in the previous year, driven in part by record-high investments in solar energy in China and Japan.

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