Southwest Pacific

UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference [viewed]

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP13 May 2015: In January 2014, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The Inquiry's initial research in the Asia-Pacific region, compiled for the Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) in Asia and the Pacific, has revealed that redirecting US$2.5 trillion annually toward green and inclusive economic activities in the region is crucial for sustainable development.

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Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC8 May 2015: Since the month of February, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Ecuador, Grenada, Liechtenstein, the Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau and South Africa have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 30.

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PNG Announces National Forest Inventory Project [viewed]

unredd_eu_fao7 May 2015: The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) announced support from the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the European Union (EU) to complete a national forest inventory. Papua New Guinea currently does not have a regular national forest assessment to support policy development.

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GFDRR Calls for Strengthening Disaster Recovery Systems [viewed]

gfdrrMay 2015: The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has published a report that: documents the challenges and progress made globally in integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures into post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation; and recommends policies for strengthening disaster recovery systems to enable countries to protect their development gains.

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Event: Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is organizing this hands-on training workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on vulnerability and adaptation assessment, from 29 June - 3 July 2015.  

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Event: Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European Regions on NAMAs [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a technical capacity-building workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to: facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt in preparation and implementation of NAMAs by providing a platform to showcase NAMAs and innovative financing options; collaborate with international partners to conduct the workshops and ensure synergy, coherence, cost effectiveness and avoid duplication; provide a platform for networking by bringing experts of developing countries and international organizations/donors together; provide partners from international organizations with an opportunity to better understand capacity building needs of countries in the region so that they can target their technical support to meet specific needs of developing countries; and explore how and by what means the experiences gained in implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) standards could be linked with NAMAs. Similar workshops were also held in 2013 and 2014.  

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Event: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 PCCR, a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organizations and donors involved in climate change activities in the Pacific, aims to: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against its agreed monitoring and evaluation indicators; strengthen networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and their partners on climate change and sustainable development; and discuss the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP). Following the meeting, Pacific Island countries will hold a closed preparatory meeting on 15 May 2015 for the June 2015 UNFCCC negotiations.  

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