Asia

Event: Asia LEDS Forum 2013 [viewed]

The Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum 2013 is convening under the theme 'Putting LEDS into Practice'. The 2013 Forum will employ a variety of interactive formats to support peer learning and sharing, building communities of practice, and skills acquisition to support LEDS implementation. Technical content will focus on key areas of LEDS implementation, including engaging stakeholders, securing finance, selecting appropriate tools and assessing impacts. The event, hosted by the Philippines Climate Change Commission, with support from Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) members, including USAID, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), AusAID and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will follow pre-meetings and side events to be held on 30 September. The Asia LEDS Forum brings together policymakers, donors, practitioners and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia.  

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FAO Launches Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2013: With the goal of supporting countries to build partnerships and streamline action on agriculture water management, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a regional Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East.

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UNFCCC Releases Documents Ahead of Warsaw Meeting [viewed]

UNFCCC30 August 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published documents in preparation for the upcoming Climate Change Conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013. 

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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FAO AQUASTAT Reports on Irrigation and Water Use in Central Asia [viewed]

fao-aquastatAugust 2013: A survey compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) AQUASTAT programme for Central Asia presents an overview of water use and irrigation across six countries to support agricultural and rural development decisions related to the sustainable use of water and land.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Announces Launch of Phase II Activities in Viet Nam [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeAugust 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has published the August edition of its newsletter, which highlights its activities in Ecuador, Viet Nam and Mesoamerica.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambition on Climate and Post-2015 Development [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon23 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to show ambition in the "twin processes" of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discussions toward the post-2015 development agenda.

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Japan Launches Joint Crediting Mechanism [viewed]

Japan Flag22 August 2013: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that the Government of Japan has developed the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), an initiative aimed at facilitating the diffusion of advanced low carbon technologies, products, systems, services and infrastructures.

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High-Level Conference Highlights Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development [viewed]

hicwc21 August 2013: The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (HLICWC) took place from 20-21 August 2013, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in support of the objectives of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on 'Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013,' (A/67/204) and to promote increased water cooperation by stakeholders at all levels.

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World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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