Southwest Pacific

ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping [viewed]

sprep-imo-amsa21 November 2014: A regional workshop on regulations relating to the prevention of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping sought to encourage more Pacific island countries to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Currently eight Pacific countries are parties to MARPOL, according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate [viewed]

CIF20 November 2014: The semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings concluded in a unanimous commitment to the CIF mandate in the future in order to ensure continuity of climate finance and action. The meeting also emphasized the need to maintain diversity of financing options, and complementarity and coherence of CIF with other sources of climate finance.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project [viewed]

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change [viewed]

SPC - French Flag17 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change between Pacific leaders and French President François Hollande, who will preside the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. During the Dialogue, the Pacific Community urged France to take on a strong leadership role in 2015 to adopt a meaningful climate change agreement and pledged their support to Hollande during preparations for COP 21.

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L20 Urges G20 to Address Climate Change, Green Growth, Inequalities [viewed]

L2014 November 2014: The Labour 20 (L20) called on the Group of 20 (G20) to take action on climate change and green growth, and to implement a plan for jobs and growth that reduces inequality. The L20 unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions, and seeks to represent workers' interests at the G20 level.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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