Asia

UNEP, China Launch Efficient Lighting Centre [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of the Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC) in Beijing, China. The GELC is designed to support the rapid deployment of energy-efficient technologies in developing and emerging countries, and is a joint initiative of UNEP and the Chinese National Lighting Test Centre.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Addresses Forest Monitoring Systems, Green Economy and Gender [viewed]

27 October 2012: The 9th Policy Board of the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) considered reports on progress on the implementation of national programmes, as well as global programme activities.

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UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Journalist Training on “New Approach” to Disaster Reporting [viewed]

25 October 2012: The UN International for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a training session for 20 journalists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 22 October 2012, on the topic “Towards a new approach to disasters from consequences to causes – Covering disasters from a disaster risk reduction (DRR) perspective,” on the sidelines of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR.

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OECD Roundtable Examines Catalyzing Investment in Low-carbon Infrastructure [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a special roundtable looking at how to create a long-term policy framework that catalyzes private investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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4th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts Focuses on Water in an Era of Change [viewed]

23 October 2012: The 4th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts (ICEC-2012) focused on the theme "water in an era of change." The Conference was organized by the the Water Resources University of Hanoi, Viet Nam, and sponsored by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), and the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES).

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Asian Conference Calls for Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation into Development [viewed]

25 October 2012: The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was attended by 25 ministers and delegates from 72 countries, concluded with the adoption of the Yogyakarta Declaration on DRR in Asia and the Pacific 2012, which calls for integrating DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) into local level development planning.

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World Bank Publishes Reports on Green Water Defense in East Asia [viewed]

World BankOctober 2012: The Water Partnership Program (WPP) provided support for a study that aimed at providing a new approach to supporting green growth principles in water defense challenges. The two-part study, titled Green Water Defense in East Asia, focuses on the experiences and lessons learned in water and flood risk management, and recommends best practices and management models to address these challenges.

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OECD Roundtable Recommends Integrating Investment and Climate Change Policies [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized a special roundtable discussion on 25 September 2012, titled "Mobilising Private Investment in Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure,” which addressed the integration of investment and climate change policies at the domestic level to provide stable policy frameworks for investments in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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UNISDR Report Outlines Children's Action for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

24 October 2012: The Secretariat for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report outlining the contributions from children to disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts in Asia titled “Children's Action for DRR: Views From Children in Asia.” 

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CCAFS, IWMI Identify Global Flooding Hotspots [viewed]

12 October 2012: As the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the climate change adaptation communities respond to the challenges posed by flooding events, two bodies under the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have joined to identify global flood hotspots and map flood risks using remote-sensing datasets.

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