Southwest Pacific

Event: Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo [viewed]

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase. All the events will bring together stakeholders from the business, government and technology sectors to focus on resilience. Participants will explore solutions across the "global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security" for the vanguard communities in the onset of climate change. Energy topics will include everything from microgrids, storage, grid security and defense, to bioenergy, waste and water innovations, transportation, carbon utilization and renewables. In addition to covering related energy topics, the Agriculture Summit will consider, inter alia, precision agriculture, crop and yield innovations, and aquaculture innovations. On islands, the programme will include an examination of islands' resilience needs, including disaster and resource management.  

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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IRENA, Partners Launch New Version of Global Atlas for Renewable Energy [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and partners have released the second edition of the 'Global Atlas on Renewable Energy,' which includes maps for a number of renewable energy resources, and new functions and tools. The Atlas initiative aims to provide access for countries to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their renewable energy potential.

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Asia-Pacific LDCs Call for Preferential Treatment in Trade, Financing and Technology [viewed]

unohrlls-undp16 December 2014: Ministers from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Asia-Pacific region emphasized the need for structural transformation of their economies to enable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the close of a three-day meeting organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).

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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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Guest Article #122: Towards a Third Decade of Connecting Science and Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

In just over three months' time, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) will celebrate its 20th anniversary of operations, carrying on its mission of connecting scientists in the global change community, enhancing scientific capacity of member country researchers, and strengthening science-policy interactions across the region.

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IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019 [viewed]

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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COP 20 Event Discusses Climate Finance Readiness [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: At the event 'Tools for Climate Finance Readiness: Building Capacity to Support Increased Finance Flows,' adelphi and Transparency International (TI) facilitated a discussion on various approaches to capacity building, such as through e-learning courses; social media; local media, civil society and youth training; programmes in financial planning, access to finance, delivering finance, and monitoring and reporting; and policy incentives.

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COP 20 Event Calls for Integrated Climate Risk Management [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Investing now in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience will pay off in the long-run, according to an event convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event, titled 'Integrated Climate Risk Management (ICRM) for a Resilient World,' highlighted ICRM as an efficient and effective approach to reduce the risk of future losses and damages due to climate change.

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