Southwest Pacific

IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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PIFS Announces First Country to Access the Pacific Environment Community Fund [viewed]

PIF17 June 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced that the Government of Samoa is the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund. The PEC Fund is a commitment of US$66 million by the Government of Japan to support Forum Island Country (FIC) projects on the provision of solar power generation systems and sea water desalination plants.

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SPREP Announces Progress on Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)15 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced progress on implementation of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in the Marshall Islands, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between key stakeholders in the country.

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Event: Policy Options to Support Climate-Induced Migration in Asia and the Pacific - Policy Dialogue [viewed]

This Policy Dialogue hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) seeks to present the ADB technical assistance project on policy options to support climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific and its preliminary findings to a selected group of government representatives, local policy-makers, and scholars, as well as engage in a discussion and discuss recommendations on suggested policy options and financial mechanisms.  

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Republic of Korea Hosts First Korea-Pacific Islands Meeting [viewed]

2 June 2011: The first Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers' Meeting convened under the theme, "Vision and Action: Cooperation Across the Ocean," to discuss ways for the Republic of Korea to expand development cooperation to Pacific Island Countries (PICs), as well as how the participating countries can work together in addressing climate change. It concluded with the adoption of a joint statement comprising major achievements of the meeting.

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"Lessons For Future Action" Ends with Adoption of MOU between SPREP and 5C's [viewed]

26 May 2001: A conference on "Lessons for Future Action," which took place in Apia, Samoa, emphasized the urgency of climate change adaptation and future decisions affecting small island developing States (SIDS), given the threat of natural disasters. At the end of the Conference, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's) adopted a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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UNFCCC Releases Addendum to SBSTA 34 Agenda [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional agenda of the upcoming 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNESCO Releases April-June Edition of Voices Newsletter [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the April-June edition of its newsletter Voices, which reports on UNESCO's activities in the Asia Pacific region, and features articles on science education and research in the Maldives, the environmental and health impacts of livestock production, and media workshops on coverage of environmental issues and the impact of climate change.

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SPC Hosts Training on Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change and Adaptation Programmes [viewed]

27 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a training of trainers on gender mainstreaming in projects and programmes on adaptation and climate change in Suva, Fiji, from 16-18 May 2011. The training was organized by the Energy Programme of SPC's Economic Development Division (EDD) and attended by 13 participants, including representatives from community-based organizations.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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