Southwest Pacific

Bolivia Assumes Chair of G-77-China [viewed]

G77 and China8 January 2014: Bolivia took over from Fiji as Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) during a special ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York. Bolivian President Evo Morales attended the event, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe urged the Group to work collectively towards reaching: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, with poverty eradication as the overarching goal; and a new global climate agreement.

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Event: Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The intersessional meeting in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 21-25 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Event: Final Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The second and final preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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FCPF Adopts Methodological Framework, Norway Pledges $100 Million [viewed]

Forest Carbon16 December 2013: The Eighth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF8) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) approved the Methodological Framework, which presents a set of rules guiding the finance of large-scale investments in tropical forest conservation and restoration.

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ADB, Australia and Cambodia Sign Grant Agreement for Cookstoves, Rural Electrification [viewed]

ADB9 December 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Australia have signed a US$6.1 million grant agreement with the Government of Cambodia, for a project that is expected to bring over 90,000 improved cookstoves to Kampong Cham province, and over 620km of electrical lines to Svay Rieng province. 

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Highlight Role of Transparency During Event in Warsaw [viewed]

19nov-enbots-event719 November 2013: An interactive session on 'Reaping Emissions Reductions from Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Learning from Success Stories' was organized by Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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WMO Releases Provisional Statement on Status of Climate 2013 [viewed]

WMO13 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional statement on the 'Status of the Global Climate 2013,' which confirms that 2013 is currently on track to be among the top ten warmest years on record, and that global sea level reached a new record high due, in part, to melting ice caps and glaciers.

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UNU-EHS Report Illustrates Loss and Damage in Four Countries [viewed]

UNU-EHS11 November 2013: Despite on-going adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing climate-induced loss and damage that threatens their food security and livelihoods and forces them deeper into poverty, according to a report by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ‘Pushed to the Limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation' presents case studies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal that analyze the impacts of droughts and floods on households, primarily small-scale farmers.

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