Asia

G8 Identifies Climate Change as Contributing Factor to Security Risks [viewed]

g8_uk11 April 2013: Foreign Ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) met in London, UK, from 10-11 April 2013, to address a number of international issues, challenges and opportunities that impact on global peace, security and prosperity. The joint statement adopted at the conclusion of the meeting addresses, among other issues, climate change.

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Event: 69th Commission Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene under the theme “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises”. The Senior Officials Segment will convene from 25-27 April in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, to be held from 29 April-1 May.  

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SREP Calls for Proposals that Engage the Private Sector in Low Carbon Investment [viewed]

Climate Investment Funds19 April 2013: The Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals from Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and pilot countries to initiate the development of concept proposals for programmes and projects to engage the private sector in the expansion of renewable energy and energy access.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC18 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a miscellaneous document containing parties' views on the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures (FCCC/SB/2013/MISC.2).

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UNDP Releases Framework on Derisking Renewable Energy Investment in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNDP17 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a framework designed to help policy-makers select public instruments to promote investment in renewable energy in developing countries. The goal of the framework, presented in a report on “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment,” is to support transparent policy-making with quantitative comparisons of different public instruments and portfolios for derisking investments in renewable energy.

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Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial Launches Actions on Energy Access, Efficiency, and Supply [viewed]

18 April 2013: Leaders from the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) 23 participant countries have announced new actions and reaffirmed existing commitments to accelerate clean energy deployment, improve energy efficiency, and increase access to clean energy around the world. The energy ministers and other high-level delegates who gathered for the Ministerial's fourth meeting (CEM4) also outlined progress on CEM's 13 current initiatives and welcomed further work on clean energy finance to be delivered to CEM5 in the Republic of Korea in 2014.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on Implications of Decisions for the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC16 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing submissions by five parties on implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 to 4/CMP.7 and 1/CMP.8 (amendment to the Kyoto Protocol) on the relevant decisions adopted for the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period and for the reporting of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities for the Protocol's second commitment period.

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PROFOR Newsletter Features SFM Certification [viewed]

9 April 2013: The April issue of the World Bank Program on Forests' (PROFOR) newsletter features sections on the benefits of sustainable forest management (SFM) certification, upcoming events, new activities and stories from around PROFOR.

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UN-Backed Seminar Assesses Impact of Glaciers Melting on Water Systems in Central Asia [viewed]

UNESCO15 April 2013: Approximately 60 researchers and officials from the five Central Asian States and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from international organizations and the donor community, gathered at a UN-backed seminar to discuss the impact of glacier melting on the water resources of Central Asia and review practical steps in adaptation strategies at national and regional levels.

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UNDP Issues Annual Report on Asia-Pacific Work [viewed]

5 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its 2012 Annual Report on the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting its recent work supporting countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), advance the post-2015 development agenda, and address climate change and sustainable energy.

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