Southwest Pacific

UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the New Market Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) released additional submissions from Cyprus and the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU and its member States and Papua New Guinea on views on the new market based mechanism.

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IEA Lauds Australia's Efforts for a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

IEA19 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new report, titled "Energy Policy of IEA Countries: Australia 2012," which lauds Australia's efforts to develop a low-carbon economy, and recommends further investments in education, monitoring and evaluation of progress, and energy efficiency.

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GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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PICs Present Outcomes of PACC Cost Benefit Analysis [viewed]

1 November 2012: Seven Pacific islands delivered the outcomes of their Cost Benefit Analyses (CBAs), during the conclusion workshop of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC). The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) began the series of trainings in November 2011, to support countries in conducting CBAs and thereby improve the selection and design of adaptation projects.

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SPREP Hosts First Pacific Climate Change Portal Training [viewed]

SPREP14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated the first regional training on the Pacific Climate Change Portal for national counterparts. Participants discussed user needs and the establishment of a network of climate change portal editors and users. 

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ADB Releases Evaluation of Disaster Support [viewed]

ADB13 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an independent evaluation study titled “Special Evaluation Study on ADB's Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks,” which reviews the Bank's disaster-related projects and programmes, and explores ways to improve ADB operations in the natural disaster management cycle. 

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UNEP Risø Supports Pacific Island Country Participation in Carbon Expo [viewed]

UNEP Risoe12 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre supported the participation of 12 representatives from Pacific island countries in the Carbon Expo Australasia 2012, which took place from 7-9 November 2012, in Melbourne, Australia. According to the Risø Centre, representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu attended the Expo.

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Asia-Pacific Water Forum Releases Principles on Water and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

November 2012: The Asia-Pacific Water Forum has released the “Framework Document on Water and Climate Change Adaptation” in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Framework provides information and guidance on climate change adaptation and water resources management for policy makers and leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Review Guidelines for Developed Countries' Biennial Reports, National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the parties' submissions on the work programme and on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BR) from developed countries and national communications (NC), including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.11).

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Australia Outlines Conditions for Joining Kyoto Protocol's Second Commitment Period [viewed]

9 November 2012: Australia's Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced that Australia is ready to join a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon commended Australia for expressing readiness to join a second commitment period, and called on all governments to take decisive steps to address climate change at the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. 

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