Southwest Pacific

SPC Announces New Office in Tonga [viewed]

Government of the Kingdom of Tonga and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a host country agreement9 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that it will open an office in Nukualofa, Tonga. The new office will aim to strengthen SPC's ability to deliver technical advice and assistance to the country.

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42nd Pacific Island Forum Develops Communique and Joint Statement from Leaders and UN Secretary-General [viewed]

PIF9 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), where he engaged in an interactive dialogue with Forum leaders and released a joint statement with leaders. The 42nd PIF convened in Auckland, New Zealand, from 7-8 September 2011.

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Pacific Smaller Island States Call for More Action on Climate Change [viewed]

6 September 2011: Pacific Smaller Island States (SIS) have called for increased action by the global community to curb the rate of climate change, according to the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS). At their meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on 6 September, SIS leaders adopted the SIS Leaders Statement on Climate Change.

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UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FISeptember 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with Oceania stakeholders from 11-12 August 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was the fourth of seven UN-convened regional consultation meetings on the sustainability principles for the insurance industry.

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Event: South Pacific Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The Writeshop will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), with support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. The Writeshop will address topics relevant to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction including policies, institutions and governance issues to adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and experiences with specific extreme climate events in the region.  

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UN Secretary-General in Sydney: "We Cannot Burn our Way to the Future" [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General8 September 2011: In a speech delivered at Sydney University in Australia at the end of his official visit in the Pacific region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the need to "connect the dots between challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, energy shortages, global health issues, food insecurity and the empowerment of the world's women."

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SPREP, SPC and US Government Join Forces to Advance Climate Adaptation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)8 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it, along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the US Government, have initiated a partnership to advance climate change adaptation.

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Secretary-General Links Sustainable Development to Security, Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed Auckland University during his visit to New Zealand and other countries in the region, on 6 September 2011.

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UN Secretary-General Underlines Threats of Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

5 September 2011: During his official visit to Kiribati, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the President of Kiribati on his active participation in multilateral efforts to address climate change, in particular by promoting dialogue among parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights National Activities and Progress [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter30 August 2011: The UN-REDD's August Newsletter reviews several national-level and global-level activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The Newsletter states that Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands have begun the implementation phase of their National REDD Programmes, while Nigeria has begun its REDD+ readiness phase with activities including setting safeguards and inventorying national greenhouse gas emissions.

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