Southwest Pacific

EU, GIZ Support Climate Resilience, Energy Security in the Pacific [viewed]

giz-eu9 May 2014: The EU and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) have signed an agreement to support 15 Pacific island countries in adapting to climate change impacts through sustainable livelihoods and in reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. The €18.6 million agreement will fund the first of a three-part, €35 million programme on ‘Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy' (ACSE), designed to promote energy security at all levels.

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Major Economies Forum Calls for Urgent Climate Action [viewed]

major-economies9 May 2014: The Mexican Government hosted the 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), welcoming 90 delegates from 23 countries to a discussion intended to support progress in climate change negotiations and encourage the adoption of clean energy that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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WMO South West Pacific Meeting Addresses Strengthened Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

WMO8 May 2014: During the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association for the South West Pacific session, meteorologists discussed how to strengthen weather and climate services in a region that is particularly vulnerable to heatwaves, drought, tropical cyclones and flash floods, as well as rising sea levels caused by climate change. 

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Air Pollution in Most Cities Exceeds WHO Guidelines [viewed]

WHO7 May 2014: The 2014 Ambient Air Pollution in Cities Database released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that air quality in most cities around the globe is much higher than recommended by WHO's Guidelines on Air Quality, with many cities showing a declining trend.

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ADB to Increase Focus on Inequality, Climate Change [viewed]

ADB4 May 2014: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Governors heard calls to address rising inequality, climate change and other concerns, at their 47th annual board meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Informal Climate Ministerial Outlines Expectations for 2015 Agreement [viewed]

European Union 30 April 2014: Connie Hedegaard, Member of the European Commission in Charge of Climate Action, and Tine Sundtoft, Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, co-chaired an informal climate ministerial roundtable to discuss key aspects of the 2015 climate change agreement and ways to raise pre-2020 ambition.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. Among the attendees at this event will be the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The 17 major economies participating in the MEF are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the US.  

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Guest Article #105: MRV-ing Carbon in Practice [viewed]

In 2013, we saw the continuation of two emerging trends in the global carbon pricing landscape. On the one hand, it was a challenging year for existing international mechanisms, with credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) worth no more than a few cents and the Kyoto Protocol shrinking to 12% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the other hand, an increasing number of jurisdictions implemented GHG mitigation instruments meant to put a price on carbon.

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Pacific Region Launches Resilience Innovation and Leadership Award [viewed]

UNISDR24 April 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific launched the Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR), coinciding with the approaching 10th anniversary of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and in advance of a HFA successor agreement and post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be endorsed in Japan in 2015.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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