Southwest Pacific

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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UNCTAD Reviews Maritime Shipping Trends, Needs for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNCTAD14 October 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its 2015 'Review of Maritime Transport,' showing a slow recovery from the global financial crisis and a small increase in developing countries' share of global container traffic. The report reviews legal and regulatory developments in maritime transport, and underscores the role of maritime transport in the implementation of a "workable international sustainable development agenda."

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UNDP Highlights Links between Poverty Reduction and Adaptation [viewed]

Undp13 October 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a report that showcases the experiences and knowledge generated through the various UNDP initiatives on adaptation, and how countries have been working on national initiatives to transition to green, inclusive, climate-resilient development paths. The report, titled 'Empowering the Poor: Experience from UNDP supported Initiatives on Adaptation,' features 12 case studies that illustrate that adaptation and poverty reduction are inherently linked and must be addressed simultaneously.

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SIDS DOCK Treaty Enters into Force [viewed]

sidsdock30 September 2015: A treaty establishing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK - entered into force on 30 September 2015, with a ceremony at UN Headquarters featuring the official handover of instruments of ratification by the first 11 contracting Parties: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles and Tuvalu. By the treaty, SIDS DOCK is established as an intergovernmental organization - the first global intergovernmental organization of island nations, according to a press release.

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Second Committee Debates Priorities for 70th Session [viewed]

unga709 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 70th Session, focusing on the Committee's contribution to the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). There was also general consensus that the Committee should reinforce the need for a strong and meaningful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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Finance Ministers of the 'Vulnerable Twenty' Launch Founding Communiqué [viewed]

v208 October 2015: The Finance Ministers of 20 countries, representing nearly 700 million people threatened by climate change, announced a series of actions to strengthen climate resilience and low-emission development domestically and globally. In their statement, the Ministers of the 'Vulnerable Twenty' (V20), commit to collective and decisive action, including by promoting the mobilization of climate finance, sharing best practices and engaging in joint actions.

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