Asia

ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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UNDP, UN-Habitat Hold Asian Workshop on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP29 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a one-day workshop with mayors and senior officials from ten Asian cities to discuss action on cities, poverty and climate change.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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World Bank Approves Credit to Support Climate Change Response in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank8 November 2012: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$70 million credit from the International Development Association to support the Vietnam Climate Change Development Policy Operation. The policy operation supports institutional development in Viet Nam for resilience, sustainable development, and climate change response.

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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ADB, Australia to Support Drought Preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

ADB7 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reported that, together with the Government of Australia, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), it plans to provide loans and grants to the Governments of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam. The finance will be used to fund infrastructure upgrades, community-based disaster risk management, and enhanced regional forecasting to improve flood and drought preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshops Report on NIEs Accreditation to the Adaptation Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on the process and requirements for the accreditation of national implementing entities (NIEs) for direct access under the Adaptation Fund (AF) to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP)(FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/10).

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Sustainable Urban Development, Strengthening UN-HABITAT [viewed]

1 November 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee considered issues relevant to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), including discussion of two reports, in a meeting on 1 November 2012, in New York, US. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, said the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) in 2016 should reinvigorate sustainable urban development commitments and produce a political outcome document.

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania [viewed]

November 2012: The October issue of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions. 

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