Southwest Pacific

Mitigation Update: Solar and Wind Prices Plummet as Temperatures and Sea Levels Rise [viewed]

mitigation_update22 June 2016: The first five months of 2016 have served as a reminder of the urgency of mitigating climate change as each month, January-May, has set global temperature records, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). On 17 June, the WMO announced May's record, saying combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 0.87°C above the 20th century average of 14.8°C. May is the 13th consecutive month to set a global temperature high.

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Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC - GEF - UNITAR18 June 2016: The 44th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) were held in Bonn, Germany, from 16-26 May 2016. The sessions presented the first opportunity for Parties to consider Paris mandates on capacity building and technology development and transfer, including the terms of reference (ToR) for the Paris Committee on Capacity-building, the Paris Agreement's technology framework, and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism in the context of how it serves the Paris Agreement.

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President [viewed]

Fiji Flag13 June 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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Mission Innovation Countries to Double Clean Energy Investment by 2021 [viewed]

mi3 June 2016: The inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial (MIM) took place in conjunction with the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), bringing together countries that have committed to increase their support for clean energy research and development, and providing an opportunity for individual countries to highlight plans and actions under MI and announce new collaborations. On 1 June, closed-door discussions for MI ministers and delegates were held, chaired by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The latter stated that MI is critical to funding the basic scientific research and development that will underpin the advanced clean energy solutions needed to combat climate change in the 21st century, noting such technologies will help drive down adoption costs to grow low-carbon economies.

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CEM7 Launches New Campaigns on Advanced Cooling, Corporate Sourcing of Renewables, Energy Management [viewed]

cem3 June 2016: The Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) took place from 1-2 June 2016 in San Francisco, California, US, in conjunction with the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial and chaired by US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz noted that San Francisco was chosen as host city because of its role in innovative technology. On 1 June, the CEM met in closed-door discussions and, on 2 June, the CEM7's Open Press Public Private Action Summit convened.

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Energy Outlook: Clean Energy Investments, RE Employment Increasing, Cities Unlock Mitigation Potential [viewed]

unfccc_wb_irena_iea2 June 2016: Energy-related news of the past few weeks reported here indicate that regional development banks' investments in clean energy are increasing. Other recent developments show that: renewables are currently firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy; energy efficiency (EE) action in urban environments helps cities transition to sustainable energy systems; and employment in renewable energy (RE) is on the rise. Events, initiatives and publications described in this update contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDGs 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

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Transparency and Compliance Update: UNFCCC National Reporting News Highlighted, Capacity Building Initiative Launched [viewed]

unfccc_gef_mrv1 June 2016: A transparency and compliance regime is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released updates regarding national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including a status report on Switzerland's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, the status of Biennial Report (BR) submissions and assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to developing countries for their Biennial Update Reports (BURs). In addition, during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, held 16-26 May, 13 developing country Parties presented their experience with preparing BURs, and the GEF updated participants on progress toward establishing and funding the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

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IPoA Mid-term Review Calls for Greater Support to LDCs [viewed]

review29 May 2016: The Mid-term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 has closed with a call for greater support to the world's more vulnerable countries. The review focused on the 48 LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development. The conference resulted in a political declaration that had been negotiated among UN Member States in the months leading up to the review.

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