Southwest Pacific

Event: Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The first preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 24-26 February 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Plan of Action on Space Technology for DRR and Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 December 2012: Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a five-year regional plan of action for cooperation and capacity building in the use of space technology for disaster risk management and sustainable development. 

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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UNDP Assists Asia Pacific Countries in Making the Most of Domestic Climate Finance [viewed]

UNDP14 December 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on an initiative carried out in the Asia-Pacific region to help countries make the most of existing domestic climate finance to build climate-resilient roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure, so as to prevent future losses.

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FAO, ACP Countries Partner Against Hunger and Malnutrition [viewed]

FAO14 December 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States (ACP) to strengthen collaboration on food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, natural resources management and climate change.

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Event: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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UNU-IAS TKI, Australia Introduce Savanna Fire Management Initiative [viewed]

5 December 2012: The UN University's Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative (TKI) introduced the Savanna Fire Management and Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. 

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UNDP Paper Discusses Experiences of National Climate Funds in Asia-Pacific Countries [viewed]

UNDP29 November 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Energy and Environment Division has released a discussion paper, titled “National Climate Funds: Learning from the experience of Asia-Pacific countries,” which includes country examples and recommendations.

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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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