Southwest Pacific

Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep25 July 2015: The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

IttoJuly 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, among other activities.

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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down [viewed]

iisdrs-oewg3624 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

mef19 July 2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive."

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Marshall Islands Submits INDC [viewed]

marshall-flag21 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities [viewed]

UNESCO21 July 2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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North-Pacific SIDS Prepare for Paris Conference, INDCs [viewed]

government_micronesia16 July 2015: A 'North-Pacific Conference to Prepare for the Road to Paris' brought together participants from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Marshall Islands in Pohnpei, FSM, from 13-15 July 2015. It was followed by a technical training workshop on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) on 16 July 2015.

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3) [viewed]

PMC-3 is convening under the theme, 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' and will bring together PMC members, development partners, the Council of the Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP), collaborating organizations and institutions. PMC-3 will seek to: facilitate coordination and networking among all stakeholders; facilitate discussions on issues related to advancing meteorological and hydrological services in the Pacific; and provide an opportunity to share experiences/initiatives and review progress of the Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2012-2021. Expected outcomes include strengthened integration and coordination with development partners, and guidance on further implementation of the PIMS 2012-2021 and other relevant meteorological programmes and strategies. PMC-3, which the Government of Tonga is hosting, will be held back-to-back with the first Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM), which will bring together Cabinet Ministers responsible for meteorology and senior officials in the Pacific Islands and Territories to discuss, promote and explore avenues for resources for weather and climate services in order to contribute more effectively to the sustainable development needs of the Pacific Island Countries. Both meetings are the result of partnerships between the Government of Tonga, the Government of Finland through its partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) under the Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) Project, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

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Event: Green Climate Fund (GCF) Regional Workshop Pacific Islands [viewed]

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat is hosting a workshop for the national designated authorities (NDAs) and focal points, as well as registered observer organizations and accredited entities (AEs) of the Pacific island countries. The workshop, which follows similar trainings in Central America and Asia, is being held under the auspices of the Fund's Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme. The agenda includes sessions focused on preparing NDAs and focal points for their role in communicating country-driven investment priorities, understanding which projects the GCF can support, accessing the GCF's funds for country priority projects and programmes, and ensuring appropriate oversight of GCF activities at the country level. Discussions will also focus on how the GCF can best support the region, priorities and issues, accreditation support, and public and private sector partnerships. In addition, on the last day of the workshop, the GCF will hold bilateral meetings with NDAs and focal points.  

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