Asia

ADB, International Rice Research Institute Collaborate on Climate-Resilient Rice [viewed]

ADB25 September 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to develop climate-resilient rice, as part of efforts to boost productivity in water-scarce and drought-prone areas. A first technical assistance project resulted in a yield increase of up to 30% with reduced water use.

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Second Committee Discusses Development in General Debate [viewed]

UNGA11 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) conducted its General Debate for the 68th Session, held from 9-11 October 2013, in New York, US. Speakers addressed development issues of concern to their countries including in the context of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and agreeing on the post-2015 development agenda. They also addressed issues of financing for development, poverty eradication, countries in special situations, and technology transfer, while outlining important issues for a sustainable development agenda. 

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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UNFCCC Releases Documents on Response Measures, LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC9 October 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published documents for consideration by parties at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19), including: a report on the in-forum expert meeting on the impact of the implementation of response measures; a report on the 24th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG); and a synthesis report on the regional training workshops on adaptation for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for 2012-2013.

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Effective Risk Management Critical to Poverty Eradication: 2014 World Development Report [viewed]

World Bank6 October 2013: According to the World Bank Group's 2014 World Development Report (WDR), titled ‘Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development,' effective risk management is critical in the fight to end poverty because it can provide both resilience to withstand adverse events and the ability to take advantage of development opportunities.

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UNEP-WCMC and SNV Release Briefing on Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring in REDD+ [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and SNV Viet Nam have developed a briefing note on participatory biodiversity monitoring (PBM) in REDD+. The brief presents key issues for the consideration of national REDD+ programmes in developing PBM.

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Event: CCAFS Workshop on South-South Learning on Scaling Up Institutions and Policies [viewed]

The 'CCAFS workshop on South-South learning on scaling up institutions and policies to manage current as well as future climatic risks in the agriculture sector' will focus on promoting South-South learning on institutions and policies. Participants will share lessons to be learned from their experience in piloting policies and creating institutions to manage current as well as future climatic risks in the agricultural sector. On 4-5 December, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will organize a capacity strengthening workshops on prioritization tools for participants.  

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Event: Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme7 October 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the 41st edition of its newsletter, highlighting stakeholder consultation processes and the engagement of indigenous peoples in national programmes.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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