Southwest Pacific

Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml24 February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations.

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ESCAP Conference Says Asia-Pacific Must Build Resilience to Ensure Development Gains [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP18 February 2015: As the world's most disaster prone region, the Asia-Pacific must build resilience to meet its development goals, according to participants at the Regional Conference on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development Planning and Financing. The Conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), brought together policymakers and experts one month ahead of the Third UN World Conference on DRR.

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IPCC Session Informed of Chair's Resignation, Agenda Focuses on Panel's Future [viewed]

IPCC24 February 2015: At the opening of the 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41), delegates were informed that, effective immediately, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri had stepped down from his position. Pachauri sent a letter, dated 24 February 2015, to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informing him of his decision to resign. Pachauri noted that the IPCC needs the time and full attention of the Chair in the immediate future, and that he is unable to provide this leadership at the current time. In response and prior to the opening of IPCC 41, the IPCC Bureau agreed to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair.

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GCOS, IPCC, UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Observations to Support Adaptation [viewed]

gcos_ipcc_unfccc12 February 2015: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held a joint workshop, titled ‘Enhancing observations to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate – Learning from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report,' which aimed to enhance systematic observations and related capacity, especially in developing countries, in light of the detection of observed impacts, exposure and vulnerability to climate change, and in support of assessing the risks of climate change and adaptation planning.

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Norden, IISD Highlight Mitigation Potential of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

logos_nordic_iisd_gsi10 February 2015: Low oil prices offer an opportunity for countries to remove consumer fossil-fuel subsidies, argues a report by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). GSI has also launched a free model for estimating the impact of fossil-fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) on countries' greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

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Policy Update #19: Loss and Damage: The Road to Paris and Beyond [viewed]

Largely based on mitigation and adaptation, today's international climate policy aims to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.[1] Although mitigation and adaptation could significantly reduce the risks of climate change, they cannot eliminate all climate change impacts, and some degree of harm is unavoidable.

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Asia-Pacific Countries to Jointly Address Hydro-Meteorological Disasters [viewed]

logos_escap_typhoon13 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) hosted a meeting during which representatives from 17 countries agreed to work together to build resilience to hydro-meteorological disasters through enhanced regional cooperation, and to share knowledge, review scientific and technological advances, and identify gaps across the region. The joint session of the ESCAP/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee (TC) and the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) was the first time the two groups met jointly in 18 years.

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Report Highlights Actions to Limit Disaster Risk in ACP Countries [viewed]

logo-acpc-small12 February 2015: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has published a study that provides a comprehensive view of the risks faced across its member countries and efforts to reduce them. The ‘ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge,' reveals that disaster risk in ACP countries is higher than in other regions, with 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean among the 20 most-at-risk in the world.

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Efficient Lighting Workshop Identifies Policy Options for ASEAN [viewed]

lites_asia_unep6 February 2015: A regional lites.asia workshop on lighting policy, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), considered opportunities for ensuring adequate market surveillance and harmonized policy for efficient lighting in Asia and the Pacific. More than 70 stakeholder representatives participated in the meeting, which identified policy options for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the broader region.

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Climate Agreement, Post-2015 Development Need Each Other, Say Experts and Officials [viewed]

unsdsn10 February 2015: Experts and high-level officials discussed specific ways to build mutually reinforcing processes on climate change and the post-2015 development agenda, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's high-level debate on means of implementation.

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