Southwest Pacific

IFAD Governing Council Meeting Forges Alliances for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

14 February 2013: The 36th Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governing Council convened from 13-14 February 2013, in Rome, Italy, and focused on building partnerships to reduce poverty and ensure food security in rural communities worldwide.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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OECD Inventory Highlights Fossil Fuel Subsidies in OECD Member Countries [viewed]

OECD11 February 2013: A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013," provides examples from over 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the 34 OECD member countries. The report indicates that, between 2005 and 2011, these measures cost taxpayers between US$55-90 billion annually.

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UNDP, CDDE Offer Guidance on Enhancing Climate Finance in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

Making Sense of Climate FinanceJanuary 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility have published a paper that provides guidance to donors and decision makers on how to organize national financial flows more effectively for climate finance, and mobilize additional public finance from domestic and international sources.

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UNDP Reviews Public Expenditures for Climate Finance in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

UNDPJanuary 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility, has released a working paper that shares lessons from UNDP's implementation of a methodology for assessing government-wide public expenditures against stated national climate change policy.

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Event: GEF Constituency Meeting for the Pacific Islands [viewed]

Organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this meeting is for representatives of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The meeting will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

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Event: FAO Expert Consultation on Post-Doha Conference of the Parties Implications for Forestry in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is holding an Expert Consultation on Post-Doha Conference of the Parties (COP) Implications for Forestry in Asia-Pacific. The meeting will take place on 5 February 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia.  

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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Cook Islands Submits Renewable Energy NAMA [viewed]

17 January 2013: The Government of the Cook Islands has submitted a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) seeking support for implementation to pursue the objective of achieving electricity 100% based on renewable sources by 2020. The proposal includes an implementation plan to generate 50% of its energy production from renewables by 2015, phasing out its current diesel generator-dominated system.

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PIFS Releases 2012 Pacific Annual Progress Report, Reporting Annex [viewed]

PIFS25 January 2013: The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has released the Pacific Plan 2012 Annual Progress Report and its associated Reporting Annex. The documents highlight challenges faced by the region, and outline progress made towards greater regional integration and cooperation in various areas, including climate change, fisheries, gender equality and disability-inclusive development.

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