Southwest Pacific

Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, held an Asia-Pacific regional workshop to advance work on integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UNFCCC Publishes Convention Amendment Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2011: The UNFCCC has published a proposal (FCCC/CP/2011/3) from Cyprus and the EU to amend Annex I to the Convention, as well as a proposal (FCCC/CP/2011/4) from Papua New Guinea and Mexico to amend Articles 7 (Conference of the Parties) and 18 (right to vote) of the Convention.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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ESCAP Committee Highlights Importance of Trade in Low Carbon Goods [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Trade and Investment, which convened from 27-29 July 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand, highlighted the need for UN assistance to developing Asia-Pacific countries for them to realize the potential for trade and investment in low-carbon goods, technologies and services.

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SPC Supports Development of Vanuatu's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the SPC-GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region Programme is providing support to the Government of Vanuatu in finalizing the country's first National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS).

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Event: Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 [viewed]

This Expo will include a conference and a trade fair for exhibitors to showcase their technologies and other work. The Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 Conference programme is developed in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS). It aims to bring together leading players in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The event is taking place during Singapore International Energy Week (31 October-4 November 2011).  

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Event: ADB Urban Forum 2011: Financing Future Cities [viewed]

The objectives of this forum include to: familiarize participants with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Urban Operational Plan focusing on the urban environment, the urban economy and urban equity (the 3E agenda) and the products available to support its implementation; increase understanding of mechanisms available for financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; raise awareness of innovative practices in financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; and increase understanding between financiers and borrowers on opportunities and constraints to financing city/regional projects. Representatives from ministries of finance and urban development, mayors, financial and urban planners, financing agencies, contractors, infrastructure companies, and donors are expected to attend.  

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Event: Integrated Climate Impact Assessment Tool for Urban Policy Makers: Expert Consultations [viewed]

This invitation-only event will gather policy makers and experts from Asia and around the world to review the features of available tools for urban policy makers to assess the complex nature of impact and risk assessment for prioritizing projects based on costs and benefits. Specific focus will be given to the water, energy and transport sectors and the application of the Business Case Methodology. Speakers will include Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman, Leen Hordijk, EU Joint Research Centre, and Bindu Lohani, Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

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UNGA Debate on Right to Water Highlights Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a debate on the human right to water and sanitation, during which a number of speakers highlighted that climate change constitutes an obstacle to the enjoyment of this right, stressing the particular situations of small island low-lying States.

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Event: Researchers' Workshop and Conference on Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

These events are organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for researchers of environmental displacement and climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific. On 14 September, ADB is organizing a Researchers' Workshop on Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. On 15-16 September, ADB is organizing a Regional Conference on Policy Responses to Climate-Induced Migration in Asia and the Pacific.  

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