Southwest Pacific

Marshall Islands Submits INDC [viewed]

marshall-flag21 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities [viewed]

UNESCO21 July 2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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North-Pacific SIDS Prepare for Paris Conference, INDCs [viewed]

government_micronesia16 July 2015: A 'North-Pacific Conference to Prepare for the Road to Paris' brought together participants from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Marshall Islands in Pohnpei, FSM, from 13-15 July 2015. It was followed by a technical training workshop on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) on 16 July 2015.

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3) [viewed]

PMC-3 is convening under the theme, 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' and will bring together PMC members, development partners, the Council of the Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP), collaborating organizations and institutions. PMC-3 will seek to: facilitate coordination and networking among all stakeholders; facilitate discussions on issues related to advancing meteorological and hydrological services in the Pacific; and provide an opportunity to share experiences/initiatives and review progress of the Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2012-2021. Expected outcomes include strengthened integration and coordination with development partners, and guidance on further implementation of the PIMS 2012-2021 and other relevant meteorological programmes and strategies. PMC-3, which the Government of Tonga is hosting, will be held back-to-back with the first Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM), which will bring together Cabinet Ministers responsible for meteorology and senior officials in the Pacific Islands and Territories to discuss, promote and explore avenues for resources for weather and climate services in order to contribute more effectively to the sustainable development needs of the Pacific Island Countries. Both meetings are the result of partnerships between the Government of Tonga, the Government of Finland through its partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) under the Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) Project, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

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Event: Green Climate Fund (GCF) Regional Workshop Pacific Islands [viewed]

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat is hosting a workshop for the national designated authorities (NDAs) and focal points, as well as registered observer organizations and accredited entities (AEs) of the Pacific island countries. The workshop, which follows similar trainings in Central America and Asia, is being held under the auspices of the Fund's Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme. The agenda includes sessions focused on preparing NDAs and focal points for their role in communicating country-driven investment priorities, understanding which projects the GCF can support, accessing the GCF's funds for country priority projects and programmes, and ensuring appropriate oversight of GCF activities at the country level. Discussions will also focus on how the GCF can best support the region, priorities and issues, accreditation support, and public and private sector partnerships. In addition, on the last day of the workshop, the GCF will hold bilateral meetings with NDAs and focal points.  

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UNESCO, USP Partner on Loss and Damage from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

unesco_usp30 June 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement to implement the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor-Leste, among others.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Discuss COP 21 Position [viewed]

uneca-gcca1 July 2015: UNFCCC Parties from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered for a Joint Policy Discussion geared toward finding a common position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), scheduled to take place in November-December 2015, in Paris, France. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), co-host of the Discussion with the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), participants unanimously expressed concern about the difficulty of adaptation in the current state of climate politics and finance.

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CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action [viewed]

our_common_future10 July 2015: The 'Our Common Future under Climate Change' international science conference (CFCC15) attracted almost 2,000 academics from close to 100 countries, the largest gathering of the scientific community in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. According to the outcome statement of the CFCC15, "2015 is a critical year for progress. The window for economically feasible solutions [to climate change] with a reasonable prospect of holding warming to 2°C or less is rapidly closing."

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