Southwest Pacific

Guest Article #129: Below 2°C - Together We´ll Make It [viewed]

Just a few weeks before the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, one can literally feel the attention and the tension rising – not only in the negotiation rooms, but also in the ministries, in the media and in the public in general. During the last weeks, many people have asked me the same question: Will Paris deliver what Copenhagen was not able to deliver? My answer is always “Jein” – a mixture between the German words Ja (yes) and Nein (no).

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UNESCO Project Assesses Loss and Damage in the Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO22 October 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP), has begun work on assessing loss and damage from climate change and extreme weather events in Pacific island countries.

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Pacific Island Countries Call for Targets and Indicators to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

UNISDR28 October 2015: The ‘2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting,' which convened amid growing concerns that irregular climatic activities of El Niño are leading to severe weather events across the Pacific, recommended developing national and regional targets and indicators in order to successfully implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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OECD Publishes 2015 Indicators Report 'Environment at a Glance' [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 'Environment at a Glance 2015,' which updates environmental, socio-economic and sectoral indicators for OECD countries. The publication, which provides an overview of OECD country progress on major environmental issues, is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Awards Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2015: The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity awards, which honor innovative, scalable and replicable climate actions from around the world, have been announced. The 16 selected initiatives come from around the world and a variety of sectors, highlighting inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities. The announcement of the 2015 Lighthouse Activities comes as Parties to the UNFCCC prepare to adopt a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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UN CC:Learn Launches E-tutorial on Climate Policy and Public Finance [viewed]

UN CC:LearnOctober 2015: The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) Secretariat has launched an e-tutorial meant to improve understanding of the links between climate policy and public finance. The tutorial was developed by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) based on experiences in governance of climate change finance in the Asia and Pacific Region.

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UNDP Highlights Value of Simultaneously Addressing Climate Change, Poverty [viewed]

empowering_the_poor17 October 2015: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), co-sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), on ‘Empowering the Poor in Changing Climate,' addresses the positive link between poverty reduction and climate change adaptation. With case studies from around the world, the report looks at how countries are using GEF resources to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities that have higher exposure to climate risk.

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APUF-6 Anticipates Growing Resource Pressure from Region's Cities [viewed]

apuf_621 October 2015: The Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) reviewed the challenges of urbanization facing the region, as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) called for stronger governance of cities, better and more accessible data, and blended finance to support cities' capital investments.

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Governments Air Priorities for 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga7020 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its discussion of sustainable development (agenda item 20) and several sub-items, including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and small island developing States (SIDS). UN Assistant Secretary-General, Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), who introduced several reports of the UN Secretary-General, said sustainable development is not confined to one item on the Committee's agenda; instead, the Committee should consider all issues before it through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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