Southwest Pacific

ESCAP Commits to Improved Regional Energy Connectivity [viewed]

24 May 2012: Asia-Pacific governments attending the 68th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) called for inclusive and sustainable regional growth, with the aim of closing development gaps among and within Asia-Pacific countries, and setting economic progress on a greener pathway. In a series of resolutions, governments called for action to promote regional economic integration, trade and energy connectivity.

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UNEP Reports on Climate Finance Activities in ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP29 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released the May issue of its Update on carbon finance activities undertaken under the “Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries Project.” Activities highlighted include: the redefinition of the institutional framework for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Cuba; and an update on activities in the Pacific region.

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UNFCCC Workshop Considers Options and Ways for Increasing Ambition [viewed]

21 May 2012: The Workshop on increasing the level of ambition under paragraph 8 of decision 1/CP.17 aimed to consider options and ways for increasing ambition and possible further actions to bridge the gap between the sum of current pledges to curb emissions and what is required by 2020 to limit global average temperature increase to 2ºC.

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Pacific Island Leaders Call for Support to Address Climate Change and Marine Protection [viewed]

18 May 2012: The Special Body on Pacific Island Developing Countries brought together Pacific island leaders who appealed to the world to help them deal with the impact of climate change and to protect their marine environment to ensure their well-being and survival. The Special Body aimed to review the subregion's position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on Quantified Economywide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

14 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Canada, Iceland and Nauru, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), containing additional information relating to the quantified economywide emission reduction targets contained in document FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.1/Add.2).

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UNDP Announces Winners of Asia Pacific Cartoon Contest on Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP18 April 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the Government of France co-organized a cartoon contest to support advocacy that brings people to the centre of climate change and human development debates. The contest encouraged people from Asia-Pacific developing countries to portray issues of concern related to climate change in the region from a people's perspective.

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Event: 68th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The 68th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will focus on a four-track strategy to promote shared, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region by promoting market integration, physical connectivity, financial cooperation and joint action to address common vulnerabilities arising from shrinking resources and climate threats. The session will comprise both a senior officials segment (17-19 May), and a ministerial segment (21-23 May). The ministerial segment will include: a roundtable on the "Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century;" and a high-level panel on "Steering inclusive development amidst global turbulence and volatility". Paperless Commission Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century Survey 2012 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific coverEconomic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012 Theme Study on Growing Together Theme Study on Growing TogetherGrowing Together  

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UNFCCC Releases Australia's Submission on Quantified Economywide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission by Australia containing additional information relating to the quantified economywide emission reduction targets contained in document FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.1/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development [viewed]

16 May 2012: The in-session workshop on equitable access to sustainable development took place in Bonn, Germany, during the UN Climate Change Conference. The workshop aimed to enhance Parties' understanding of ensuring equitable access to sustainable development and its possible operationalization, particularly in the context of identifying the timeframe for the peaking of global emissions and the global goal for emission reductions in 2050.

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FAO Asia and Pacific Joins ADB Energy for All Initiative [viewed]

15 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Energy for All (E4All) initiative has announced that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has joined its Energy for All Initiative to encourage better energy access for rural communities and “energy-smart” agri-food systems.

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