Southwest Pacific

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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Guest Article #117: Sharing Best Practices to Scale Up Mitigation Action: The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme's Annual Event [viewed]

The benefit of having 25 countries in a programme that spans the globe and represents a range of economic standing from least developed to emerging economies is the incredible amount of south-south learning that can be generated.

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APEC Energy Working Group Advances Goal to Double Renewable Energy by 2030 [viewed]

apec21 November 2014: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members plan to double the share of renewable energy in the region's energy mix within 15 years, according to the APEC Energy Working Group. APEC energy officials agreed to advance a number of measures on renewable energy at the week-long 48th meeting of the Energy Working Group.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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