Southwest Pacific

UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UNDP UNEPMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report, titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes,' which supports the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy.

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GCF Set to Begin Funding Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new23 May 2015: The Government of Japan and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a contribution arrangement confirming the conversion of Japan's pledge of US$1.5 billion equivalent, which carries the Fund over the required 50% threshold to begin allocating resources for projects and programmes in developing countries.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture14 May 2015: The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference [viewed]

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP13 May 2015: In January 2014, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The Inquiry's initial research in the Asia-Pacific region, compiled for the Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) in Asia and the Pacific, has revealed that redirecting US$2.5 trillion annually toward green and inclusive economic activities in the region is crucial for sustainable development.

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Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC8 May 2015: Since the month of February, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Ecuador, Grenada, Liechtenstein, the Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau and South Africa have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 30.

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PNG Announces National Forest Inventory Project [viewed]

unredd_eu_fao7 May 2015: The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) announced support from the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the European Union (EU) to complete a national forest inventory. Papua New Guinea currently does not have a regular national forest assessment to support policy development.

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GFDRR Calls for Strengthening Disaster Recovery Systems [viewed]

gfdrrMay 2015: The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has published a report that: documents the challenges and progress made globally in integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures into post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation; and recommends policies for strengthening disaster recovery systems to enable countries to protect their development gains.

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