Southwest Pacific

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

The first meeting of the MEF in 2015 is tentatively scheduled for 19-20 April 2015. 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, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UNEP 'Our Planet' 2015 Focuses on SDGs [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2015: An integrated, universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda is essential, according to the 2015 issue of ‘Our Planet,' a publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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FAO Publications Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Forestry Links [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a special edition of its forestry journal focusing on the impacts of disasters on forest-dependent communities and published a brochure on natural disasters, agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Opens in Sendai, Japan [viewed]

iisdrrs_coverage_wcdrr14 March 2015: The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is meeting in Sendai, Japan, from 14–18 March 2015, to review implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), discuss international cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adopt a political declaration and a post-2015 DRR framework, which will guide disaster risk management (DRM) efforts for the next ten to 15 years, depending on the timeframe adopted by the Conference.

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FAO Reports Address Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a number of reports addressing climate change vulnerability in fisheries and aquaculture based on six regional studies, and disaster risk management (DRM) in fisheries and aquaculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the wider Caribbean region.

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UN Human Rights Council Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights [viewed]

OHCHR6 March 2015: The UN Human Rights Council held a full-day panel discussion on the potentially devastating impacts of climate change on human rights, exploring challenges and ways forward towards the realization of human rights for all, with panelists including President of Kiribati Anote Tong and Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga.

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Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml24 February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations.

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ESCAP Conference Says Asia-Pacific Must Build Resilience to Ensure Development Gains [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP18 February 2015: As the world's most disaster prone region, the Asia-Pacific must build resilience to meet its development goals, according to participants at the Regional Conference on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development Planning and Financing. The Conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), brought together policymakers and experts one month ahead of the Third UN World Conference on DRR.

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IPCC Session Informed of Chair's Resignation, Agenda Focuses on Panel's Future [viewed]

IPCC24 February 2015: At the opening of the 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41), delegates were informed that, effective immediately, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri had stepped down from his position. Pachauri sent a letter, dated 24 February 2015, to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informing him of his decision to resign. Pachauri noted that the IPCC needs the time and full attention of the Chair in the immediate future, and that he is unable to provide this leadership at the current time. In response and prior to the opening of IPCC 41, the IPCC Bureau agreed to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair.

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