Near East

UNDP Identifies Social Inclusion, Climate and Governance as Asia-Pacific's Biggest Challenges [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report outlining results of its work from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the need to continue addressing social inclusion, climate impacts and governance issues. 

read more »

IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

read more »

Event: Doha Carbon and Energy Forum 2013 [viewed]

After its first edition in 2010, the second chapter of the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum will also be jointly organized by Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Foundation and ExxonMobil under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser under the directive of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada Minister of Energy & Industry. The conference will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from 11-13 November 2013. DCEF 2013 will seek to reinforce its role as a leading platform for engaging experts in interactive workshop round table discussions of the following topics: carbon capture and storage, climate change, energy efficiency, and solar energy. Consideration of each topical area, during its workshop round table discussions, will examine the topic from the perspectives of research and technology development, industrial development and application, and policy and regulatory framework.  

read more »

MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

read more »

First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance Considers Pathways for Mobilizing Climate Finance [viewed]

em117 July 2013: Participants at the First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance (LTF) considered possible pathways for mobilizing scaled-up climate finance, parameters for identifying such pathways, and enabling environments and policy frameworks in the context of mobilization and effective deployment of climate finance in developing countries.

read more »

IFPRI Explores Link Between Climate and Conflict Across Sudan [viewed]

IFPRI LogoJuly 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a study, titled 'Local Warming and Violent Conflict in North and South Sudan,' which finds that temperature anomalies strongly affect the risk of conflict.

read more »

GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

read more »

UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

read more »

Event: Ministerial Conference on Water for Food Crops and Food Security to Address Climate Change and Drought through the ITPGR [viewed]

The 'Ministerial Conference on uses of Water for agricultural purposes, Food Crops and Food Security to Address Climate Change and Drought through the International Treaty' is organized by the Sultanate of Oman and will be held immediately prior to the opening of the fifth session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body.  

read more »

44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

read more »