Southwest Pacific

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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12th Carbon Fund Meeting Considers Extension Beyond 2020 [viewed]

Forest Carbon1 May 2015: Participants at the 12th meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF12) considered, inter alia: the extension of the Fund's term beyond 2020; the 2016 budget proposal; and the Emission Reduction Programme Document (ER-PD) business process and Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) terms of reference (TOR). The meeting also provided an opportunity to share early ideas on ER-Programme Idea Notes (ER-PINs), including from Argentina, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Laos, Mozambique and Nicaragua.

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies17 April 2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so.

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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO13 April 2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement [viewed]

OECD18 March 2015: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum, coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brought together technical negotiators and experts from OECD and non-OECD countries to discuss issues under negotiation in the UNFCCC. Topics covered by the 2015 Forum included policy ambition, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), adaptation, actions of non-state actors, technology and capacity building, and long-term signals for mitigation.

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