Southwest Pacific

Pacific Partnerships Meeting Focuses on Gender, Climate Change [viewed]

SPC logo13 June 2014: With the goal of advancing the Pacific region's agenda on gender, sustainable development and climate change within UN bodies, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA for Equality) and the Pacific Youth Council convened representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN missions for the regional meeting 'Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender, Climate Change Response and Sustainable Development.'

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Event: Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are organizing the Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014) under the theme ‘Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific'. ISAP2014 will bring together key stakeholders and ensure that their voices are linked with discussions at all levels up to, including and beyond 2015. Speakers at ISAP2014 will include: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). ISAP aims to promote information sharing and facilitate a range of discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of representatives from international organizations, governments, the business community and NGOs.  

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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Second SCF Forum Focuses on Mobilizing Adaptation Finance [viewed]

UNFCCC22 June 2014: The second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) focused on sharing experiences, best practices and new ideas related to adaptation finance, with a view to encouraging greater mobilization of resources to aid countries in coping with the onset of climate change impacts.

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CIF Expands to 63 Countries [viewed]

CIF28 June 2014: During meetings of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees, decisions were taken inviting 14 developing countries to join the Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) and an additional country to participate in the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), expanding the total number of CIF countries to 63.

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Ministers at UNEA Adopt Outcome Document [viewed]

Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, poses for a photo with President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and ministers, heads of delegation and UN executive officers at UNEA's high level segment27 June 2014: The High-Level Segment of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted a Ministerial Outcome Document pledging the promotion of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns and action against illegal trade in wildlife.

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Asian Ministerial DRR Conference Adopts Bangkok Declaration [viewed]

AMCDRR-626 June 2014: The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) concluded with the adoption of the 'Bangkok Declaration,' which commends the progress made under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on capacity building, early warning systems, awareness-raising and understanding risk. Looking forward, the Declaration points to the need for increased attention to local resilience, scaling up public investment and utilizing public-private partnerships.

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ADB, Japan Launch Low-Carbon Technology Fund [viewed]

adb-japan25 June 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan have announced the creation of the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM), which will promote the adoption of advanced low-carbon technologies in the Asian region.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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ADB Clean Energy Investments Exceed 2013 Goal [viewed]

ADBJune 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled ‘2013 Clean Energy Investments: Project Summaries,' which highlights that ADB's total investments in clean energy in 2013 amounted to US$2.3 billion, exceeding the annual target of US$2 billion. The report shows an increased focus on the public sector, with public or sovereign loans making up 72% of the total figure.

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