Southwest Pacific

UNFCCC Releases Report on Review Guidelines for Developed Countries' Biennial Reports, National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the parties' submissions on the work programme and on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BR) from developed countries and national communications (NC), including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.11).

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Australia Outlines Conditions for Joining Kyoto Protocol's Second Commitment Period [viewed]

9 November 2012: Australia's Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced that Australia is ready to join a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon commended Australia for expressing readiness to join a second commitment period, and called on all governments to take decisive steps to address climate change at the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. 

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ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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UNFCCC Publishes CGE's Training Workshop Report for Asia and Pacific Region [viewed]

UNFCCC30 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) on a hands-on training workshop for the Asia and Pacific region on vulnerability and adaptation assessment (FCCC/SBI/2012/32). The workshop was held in Vientiane, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, from 8-12 October 2012. 

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Asian Conference Calls for Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation into Development [viewed]

25 October 2012: The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was attended by 25 ministers and delegates from 72 countries, concluded with the adoption of the Yogyakarta Declaration on DRR in Asia and the Pacific 2012, which calls for integrating DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) into local level development planning.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a LULUCF Comprehensive Accounting [viewed]

UNFCCC12 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document containing three parties' views on issues relating to a more comprehensive accounting of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), including through a more inclusive activity-based approach or a land-based approach, as referred to in decision 2/CMP.7, paragraph 5 (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.19).

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ACP-MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Participation in the CDM and Carbon Finance [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Mette Annelie Rasmussen and Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risø Centre, outlining efforts to “level the playing field” for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and carbon finance.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Presents an Overview of Global and Domestic Action on Climate Change [viewed]

24 October 2012: As part of the Lowy Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a speech titled “Global Action on climate change: How the world is responding to the challenge,” in which she sought to correct misconceptions about international and domestic actions to address climate change.

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SPREP, UNEP to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to guide future cooperation and ensure coordinated support to Pacific island countries (PICs).

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