Southwest Pacific

Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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UNESCAP Argues for NAMAs in Waste Sector [viewed]

UNESCAPAugust 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) argues for recognizing and rewarding the sustainable development benefits from waste management, in the context of developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

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Australia Submits INDC [viewed]

Australian Flag11 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Australia is the 54th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Party intends to implement the higher range of the target if circumstances allow, considering such factors as the costs of technology.

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UN-REDD Workshop Explores Indigenous Peoples and CSO Participation in REDD+ Processes [viewed]

unredd24 July 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) hosted a regional knowledge exchange for REDD+ stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific. UN-REDD has released the results of the workshop, which focused on best practices for engaging civil society organizations (CSOs) and indigenous peoples.

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SPREP Reports on Environment and Development Work [viewed]

SPREP4 August 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) released its Annual Report for 2014, detailing the relevance of SPREP's work to the major environmental and sustainable development challenges in its Pacific island members. The report focuses on four priority areas: biodiversity and ecosystem management; climate change; waste management and pollution control; and environmental monitoring and governance.

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UN-REDD Highlights Technical Support for UNFCCC REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

unredd3 August 2015: Efforts to prepare forest countries to implement the UNFCCC REDD+ guidelines are highlighted in the August/September 2015 edition of 'The REDD+ Resource,' the newsletter of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The newsletter also features the UN-REDD Programme's publications, as well as expert insights on upcoming events, such as the World Forestry Congress and the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate_finance_au20151 August 2015: During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

UNISDRS29 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, where 80% of the world's disaster events take place.

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Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep25 July 2015: The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

IttoJuly 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, among other activities.

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