Southwest Pacific

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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ADB Releases Key Asia and Pacific Statistics, Underscores Need to Go Green [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its annual flagship statistical publication, titled “Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012.” The publication, which includes a special chapter on Green Urbanization in Asia, examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the region's urban boom, detailing measures required to transform cities into sustainable centres of growth.

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Voting Open for Civil Society Representatives to UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

13 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) is inviting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to vote on eligible nominees to serve as CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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Many Strong Voices Highlights Historical Documents on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, is working to ensure that information on historical documents relevant to climate change adaptation is available. As part of this effort, MSV highlighted two historical environment and climate change initiatives.  

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