Southwest Pacific

LEG Reviews National Adaptation Planning Progress [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) presented an overview of the LEG programme at a side event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat. The event discussed the LEG programme's first regional workshop for Pacific LDCs on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and highlighted an information paper on the gaps and needs in the formulation of NAPs.

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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Guest Article #117: Sharing Best Practices to Scale Up Mitigation Action: The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme's Annual Event [viewed]

The benefit of having 25 countries in a programme that spans the globe and represents a range of economic standing from least developed to emerging economies is the incredible amount of south-south learning that can be generated.

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APEC Energy Working Group Advances Goal to Double Renewable Energy by 2030 [viewed]

apec21 November 2014: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members plan to double the share of renewable energy in the region's energy mix within 15 years, according to the APEC Energy Working Group. APEC energy officials agreed to advance a number of measures on renewable energy at the week-long 48th meeting of the Energy Working Group.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping [viewed]

sprep-imo-amsa21 November 2014: A regional workshop on regulations relating to the prevention of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping sought to encourage more Pacific island countries to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Currently eight Pacific countries are parties to MARPOL, according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate [viewed]

CIF20 November 2014: The semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings concluded in a unanimous commitment to the CIF mandate in the future in order to ensure continuity of climate finance and action. The meeting also emphasized the need to maintain diversity of financing options, and complementarity and coherence of CIF with other sources of climate finance.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project [viewed]

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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