Southwest Pacific

SPREP's EbA, Ridge-to-Reef Approach to Support Resilience, Reforestation in Solomon Islands [viewed]

SPREP8 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is implementing an ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) project to rehabilitate and restore forests in Choiseul province, Solomon Islands. The project will also promote soil stability, reduce sediment flow and support water catchment areas.

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GSI COP 20 Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Threaten Decarbonization Efforts [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) held an event on 'Maximizing Contributions to Emissions Mitigation from Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event outlined support available to countries undergoing subsidy reform and launched the GSI publication 'The Impact of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies on Renewable Electricity Generation.'

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GCF Passes US$10 Billion Mark Following Pledges from Australia, Belgium [viewed]

australia-belgia9 December 2014: Pledges from Australia and Belgium to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have pushed GCF capitalization over the US$10 billion threshold. Australia committed AU$200 million while Belgium pledged €51.7 million.

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COP 20 Event Showcases Joint Crediting Mechanism for Developing Countries [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The event 'Actions for Low-Carbon Development in Developing Countries through the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)' covered current efforts and activities under the JCM. The JCM aims to facilitate the diffusion of low-carbon technologies, products, systems, services and infrastructure; the implementation of mitigation actions; and the sustainable development of 12 developing countries.

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COP 20 Event Discusses Incubating Climate Action in Pacific Islands [viewed]

limacop206 December 2014: The Government of Kiribati and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) organized the side event 'Engaging the Participation of Green Economy in the Climate Action Incubation Mechanism' at the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event focused on how climate action can bridge financial and technical gaps in climate change strategies of the developing world.

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SustainUS, ANU Propose Options for Intergenerational Equity at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: SustainUS and the Australian National University (ANU) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Youth Proposals for the 2015 Agreement: Intergenerational Equity and Bypassing US Ratification.' The side event covered a range of proposals on the UNFCCC negotiations, such as incorporating social discount rate considerations into Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and recognizing the role of intergenerational education for youth empowerment.

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CIFOR Explores REDD+ Lessons from Central Kalimantan [viewed]

CIFOR3 December 2014: In order to highlight experiences in implementing REDD+, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) reviewed the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP) for emission reductions in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The review emphasizes the need for transparency in REDD+.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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LEG Reviews National Adaptation Planning Progress [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) presented an overview of the LEG programme at a side event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat. The event discussed the LEG programme's first regional workshop for Pacific LDCs on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and highlighted an information paper on the gaps and needs in the formulation of NAPs.

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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