Southwest Pacific

SPREP, Coral Triangle Initiative-CFF Cooperate on Marine Conservation [viewed]

sprep-cticff22 September 2015: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) at the 26th Annual SPREP Meeting, which is convening in Apia, Samoa. The CTI-CFF and SPREP will collaborate on a regional community-based turtle conservation project.

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Event: 26th Annual SPREP Meeting [viewed]

The 26th annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will begin, on 21 September, with the 5th Pacific Environment Forum (PEF), which will focus on opportunities and challenges in climate change finance, particularly how members and SPREP could work together to improve access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and other funds. It will be followed, on 22-24 September, by the 26th SPREP Meeting of Officials, which will review progress over the past year, and discuss institutional reform, the 2016 work programme and budget, the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), climate finance, a new 2016-2025 regional strategy on waste and pollution management, the role SPREP in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals, the development of the next SPREP Strategic Plan. The Meeting is also expected to announce the new SPREP Director-General.  

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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Pacific Islands Development Forum Adopts Suva Declaration on Climate Change [viewed]

pidf4 September 2015: Leaders of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, emphasizing their "grave distress" over climate change, are calling for increased support for adaptation measures and the creation of a Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) regional task force on climate financing. The leaders called for these and other actions in the 'Suva Declaration on Climate Change,' adopted at the Third Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit of Leaders (PIDF 3).

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Algeria, Colombia Submit INDCs [viewed]

algeria_colombia7 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria and Colombia are the 58th and 59th Parties, respectively, to formally submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Algeria's INDC includes a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7-22% below a business as usual (BAU) reference level by 2030. In its INDC, Colombia puts forward a unilateral, unconditional GHG reduction target of 20% compared to BAU by 2030, as well as a conditional 30% reduction target.

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UNDP Executive Board Discusses Post-2015, COP 21 Support [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board discussed UNDP's support for the post-2015 and financing for development (FfD) processes and for the climate negotiations, with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stressing the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable, and for finding synergies between development and environment finance and between humanitarian and development finance.

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World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement [viewed]

siwi_www28 August 2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France.

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ESCAP Launches E-learning Platform for Disaster Resilience [viewed]

UNESCAP28 August 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched an online e-learning platform to help countries in the region build capacity to withstand, adapt to and recover from natural disasters. The platform, called the Geo-referenced Information Systems for Disaster Risk Management (Geo-DRM) portal, is a component of ESCAP's efforts to advance regional implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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UNESCAP Argues for NAMAs in Waste Sector [viewed]

UNESCAPAugust 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) argues for recognizing and rewarding the sustainable development benefits from waste management, in the context of developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

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