Southwest Pacific

ACP-MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Participation in the CDM and Carbon Finance [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Mette Annelie Rasmussen and Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risø Centre, outlining efforts to “level the playing field” for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and carbon finance.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Presents an Overview of Global and Domestic Action on Climate Change [viewed]

24 October 2012: As part of the Lowy Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a speech titled “Global Action on climate change: How the world is responding to the challenge,” in which she sought to correct misconceptions about international and domestic actions to address climate change.

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SPREP, UNEP to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to guide future cooperation and ensure coordinated support to Pacific island countries (PICs).

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UNISDR, UNESCAP Release 2012 Asia-Pacific Disaster Report [viewed]

23 October 2012: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have released the ESCAP/UNISDR Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2012, titled “Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disasters.” The report was released on the sidelines of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's Views on Addressing Risk of Non-Permanence under the CDM [viewed]

UNFCCC12 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing Australia's views on issues related to modalities and procedures for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.16).

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's Views on Possible Additional LULUCF Activities under the CDM [viewed]

UNFCCC12 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing Australia's views on issues related to modalities and procedures for possible additional land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.18).

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World Risk Report 2012 Highlights Global Disaster Risk Hotspots [viewed]

11 October 2012: The World Risk Report 2012, published by the Alliance Development Works (Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft) in collaboration with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature Conservancy, focuses on the theme of environmental degradation and disasters, assessing disaster risk based on information from 173 countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Parties' Views on Common Tabular Format [viewed]

UNFCCC9 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report of parties' submissions of their views on the common tabular format (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.4), which is intended to serve as input to a workshop to be held on the same matter.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on Issues Relating to Kyoto Protocol Methodological Issues [viewed]

UNFCCC8 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the views of parties on the implications of the implementation of certain decisions by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) at its seventh session, on its previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.13).

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