Asia

UNDP Launches 2013 Human Development Report on “Rise of the South” [viewed]

UNDP14 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.”

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Partnership for Market Readiness Highlights Bottom-up Emission Trading Schemes [viewed]

Partnership for Market Readiness13 March 2013: Government officials from over 30 countries have gathered for the Fifth Partnership Assembly Meeting (PA5) of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) to exchange ideas, experiences and plans on domestic emission trading, carbon taxes, and other market-based mechanisms for mitigating climate change.

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Pacific Leaders Call for Regional Solidarity in Addressing Climate Challenges in Post-2015 Framework [viewed]

26 February 2013: Representatives of Pacific island states called for regional solidarity in addressing climate challenges at a one-day consultation on post-2015 development, held in Dili, Timor-Leste, on 26 February 2013.

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Like-Minded Developing Countries Urge Ambitious Mitigation Commitments by Developed Countries [viewed]

1 March 2013: Members of the the Like-Minded Developing Countries in Climate Change (LMDC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1 March 2013, to discuss the outcomes of the 18th session of Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18). The meeting was attended by representatives of Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Mali, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Venezuela.

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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Global Network of Basins Concludes First Meeting on Climate Adaptation [viewed]

21 February 2013: The first meeting of the Global Network of Basins on climate change adaptation was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

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UNWTO Tourism Project Raises Climate Change Awareness Among Young Indonesians [viewed]

7 March 2013: Indonesian school students have urged tourism leaders to “take climate change seriously,” through the Mangrove Ambassadors Programme, part of the Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran (STREAM) project of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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ADB Releases Study on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in South Asia [viewed]

ADB6 March 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report on the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in South Asia, titled “Economics of Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in South Asia: Options and Costs.”

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FCPF Reports on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) held a workshop with representatives of indigenous peoples and civil society in order to gather their views and opinions on the work of the FCPF. Topics discussed included REDD+ readiness and the development of a methodological framework for the FCPF.

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CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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