Southwest Pacific

WMO's Voluntary Cooperation Programme Reports on 2012 Activities [viewed]

WMO25 February 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued the January-December 2012 newsletter from its Voluntary Cooperation Programme (VCP) and Development and Regional Activities Department. The publication details, among other activities, new funding agreements to support climate service systems in West Africa, Haiti, Peru and Ethiopia, and summarizes the outcomes of past partnerships, including on drafting meteorology bills, installing automatic weather stations and updating a meteorological service strategic plan.

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SPC Announces Funding for Development of Sustainable Energy in Pacific SIDS through SIDS DOCK [viewed]

18 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that the Government of Denmark has provided US$4 million for the development of clean and sustainable energy in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, the Marshall Islands (RMI), Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The finance has been provided through the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) DOCK mechanism.

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UNESCAP, UNITAR to Collaborate on Satellite Imagery for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

18 February 2013: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), will cooperate to provide more comprehensive satellite imagery to Asia-Pacific countries to improve disaster risk management.

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Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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CIF Annual Report Focuses on the "Climate for Change" [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its 2012 annual report, titled "Creating the Climate for Change." In its fourth year of operations, the fund is in expansion with over 70 new countries asking for support.

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IFAD Governing Council Meeting Forges Alliances for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

14 February 2013: The 36th Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governing Council convened from 13-14 February 2013, in Rome, Italy, and focused on building partnerships to reduce poverty and ensure food security in rural communities worldwide.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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OECD Inventory Highlights Fossil Fuel Subsidies in OECD Member Countries [viewed]

OECD11 February 2013: A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013," provides examples from over 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the 34 OECD member countries. The report indicates that, between 2005 and 2011, these measures cost taxpayers between US$55-90 billion annually.

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UNDP, CDDE Offer Guidance on Enhancing Climate Finance in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

Making Sense of Climate FinanceJanuary 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility have published a paper that provides guidance to donors and decision makers on how to organize national financial flows more effectively for climate finance, and mobilize additional public finance from domestic and international sources.

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UNDP Reviews Public Expenditures for Climate Finance in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

UNDPJanuary 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility, has released a working paper that shares lessons from UNDP's implementation of a methodology for assessing government-wide public expenditures against stated national climate change policy.

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