Southwest Pacific

Leaders Underscore Climate, Oceans Issues in 68th Debate [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2013: Leaders speaking at the High-level Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 September 2013, in New York, US, again focused on 'setting the stage' for the post-2015 development agenda. Heads of State and ministers underscored lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposed principles and issues for inclusion, such as cross-cutting issues, climate change and oceans.

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UNGA 68 High-level Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations26 September 2013: Leaders continued to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 development agenda priorities during the third day of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate. Speakers again emphasized the relationship between peace and development, and proposed focusing on, inter alia, inequalities and climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Documents on Reporting, Agriculture and Mitigation [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three documents on developed country mitigation, agriculture and developed country reporting. These documents will be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 39th session, taking place in November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.

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Bioversity International Highlights Crops Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalSeptember 2013: In a brief released on the sidelines of the fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) being held in Muscat, Oman, from 24-28 September 2013, Bioversity International explores the importance of using on farm crop varieties to help populations adapt to climate change.

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UNGA Debate Addresses Post-2015 Priorities [viewed]

United Nations25 September 2013: On the second day of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate, leaders highlighted post-2015 agenda priorities, including recognizing the relationship between peace and development, tackling inequalities, ensuring human rights, and addressing climate change and water and sanitation.

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UN Secretary-General Hosts High-level Event on MDG Acceleration and Partnerships [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2013: A high-level forum of the UN Secretary-General on ‘MDG Success: Accelerating Action, Partnering for Impact' took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2013.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on the GCF, the GEF and Gender [viewed]

UNFCCC18 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and on the gender balance goal. The submissions will be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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BASIC Countries Call for Balance in the ADP, Adequate Financing [viewed]

Brazilian flag16 September 2013: The 16th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change brought together representatives from Brazil, India, South Africa and China, who adopted a joint statement reaffirming that the process and outcome of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) should be guided by, and be in full accordance with, all principles and provisions of the UNFCCC.

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UNDP Outlines Strategy for Sustainable, Inclusive Urbanization in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNDP9 September 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a Strategy Paper on 'Sustainable and Inclusive Urbanization in Asia Pacific,' outlining potential activities and points of entry for UNDP to support governments and local communities in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities.

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UN Secretary-General's Report Reviews Support for SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations31 July 2013: The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on UN and national efforts to implement sustainable development in small island developing States (SIDS). The report concludes that, while SIDS have had an uneven path towards implementation of sustainable development, some activities have been successful.

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