Southwest Pacific

Asia/Pacific CDM Regional Workshop Focuses on Standardized Baselines, PoA [viewed]

20 July 2012: The Third Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects in Asia and the Pacific focused on the issues of standardized baselines and the CDM Programme of Activities (PoA), with the aim of promoting more CDM projects in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), small island developing States (SIDS) and countries hosting fewer than ten registered projects.

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Event: Pacific Regional Climate Change and Health Symposium [viewed]

Organized by the University of Fiji, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Fiji Ministry of Health, this meeting will provide international climate change and health experts the opportunity to exchange information and ideas and discuss adaptation strategies. The meeting's theme is "Improving health through adaptation – strengthening health systems to protect Pacific Island communities from the health impacts of climate change".  

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's Views on a Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

29 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum, containing Australia's submission on a framework for various approaches (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4/Add.4). This submission is additional to the 16 submissions previously received by the Secretariat and contained in document FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4 and Adds.1-3.

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Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

28 August 2012: Greg Combet, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, have announced that the Australian emissions trade scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be fully linked by 2018.

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Pacific Smaller Island Leaders Discuss Climate Change, Tourism and Trade [viewed]

PIFS27 August 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) announced the outcomes of the 21st Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders Meeting, held in Raratonga, the Cook Islands, on 27 August 2012. The meeting took decisions on the SIS Development Fund, financing for climate change, tourism and trade.

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SPREP Announces Transition to Biodiesel [viewed]

SPREP17 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it is transitioning to biodiesel in its fleet of vehicles. The fuel, a mix made from plant sources and diesel, was developed by the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS).

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Event: LEG Workshop for Pacific LDCs [viewed]

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) workshop for Pacific least developed countries (LDCs) will take place from 28 September to 3 October 2012, in Tuvalu. The LEG aims to support the preparation and implementation strategy of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).  

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Cartagena Dialogue Discusses Expectations Ahead of Bangkok and Doha [viewed]

20 July 2012: The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action (Cartagena Dialogue) met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss key questions ahead of the upcoming informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc working groups (AWGs) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 30 August to 5 September 2012, and the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012.

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Event: International Conference on Climate, Water and Policy [viewed]

This Conference will bring together climate scientists, water resource managers and other specialists to discuss the impacts of climate change on water resources across four categories: climate variability impacts on water availability and floods at short term to seasonal time scales; climate change and variability impacts on water security and flood damage at decadal and inter decadal time scales; dissemination of probabilistic climate and water information for operational planning and decision making; and building international cooperation and policy coordination for adaptation to climate change.  

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