Southwest Pacific

SPC Provides GIS Training for Monitoring Climate Change, Risks for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a training session and consultation with Fiji's Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as agriculture and forestry personnel, on spatial information needs to inform decision making. The session covered information and best practices in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help identify and monitor climate change and disaster risks in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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UNESCO Releases Meeting Report on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

UNESCO1 June 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the report and recommendations of an experts meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in small island developing States (SIDS), which was held in Nassau, the Bahamas, from 21-23 September 2011. The meeting addressed the role of education in helping populations from the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans adapt to climate change.

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SPC Announces Australian Funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Education in the Pacific [viewed]

28 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the signing of grant agreements worth AUD4.44 million with the Government of Australia. The funds will support climate change adaptation activities, as well as an education assessment aimed at improving numeracy and literacy.

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Caribbean Experts Study Climate Change in Pacific Atoll Countries [viewed]

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)29 May 2012: Two Caribbean climate experts are visiting the central Pacific island of Kiribati to study and learn lessons from the climate challenges faced by atoll countries. The visit was arranged as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) project on “South-South Cooperation between Pacific and Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management."

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UN-HABITAT Workshop Focuses on Climate Change and Decentralization in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

UN-HABITAT29 May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) organized a two-day workshop on Climate Change and Decentralization in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop aimed at identifying strategies for better decentralization of climate change action and focused on how climate change initiatives can be improved through localized participatory approaches and multi-level governance.

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ESCAP Launches Asia-Pacific Low Carbon, Green Growth Roadmap [viewed]

28 May 2012: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released the “Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific: Turning resource constraints and the climate crisis into economic growth opportunities.”

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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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