Southwest Pacific

Event: Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in SIDS [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing this international expert meeting, with participants primarily from small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, representatives of multilateral agencies and civil society. The conference will focus on the challenges climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development. The meeting will develop a road map and recommendations to serve as a contribution to UNFCCC COP 17, the UNCSD and the End-of-Decade Conference of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.  

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OECD Paper Reviews Policies for Investing in Renewable Energy Plants [viewed]

July 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper entitled “Sources of Finance, Investment Policies and Plant Entry in the Renewable Energy Sector,” which reviews public policies promoting investment in renewable energies at the plant level.

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UN/ISDR Releases Climate Change Adaptation and DRR Report in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

23 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled “At the Crossroads Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific.”

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SPREP Meteorological Meeting Recommends Increased Climate Activities [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)12 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the 14th meeting of the Regional Meteorological Services Directors (RMSD), which recommended that Meteorological Service Directors engage in other national climate change initiatives, in particular mitigation resource analysis, in order to contribute expertise and benefit from these new funding opportunities.

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UNFCCC Publishes Fast-start Finance Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC15 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/CP/2011/INF.1) on information from developed country parties on the resources provided to fulfil the commitment referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 95 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (Finance)).

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Mayor's Summit on DRR Adopts Chengdu Declaration of Action [viewed]

16 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 38 parliamentarians from 33 countries have adopted the Chengdu Declaration of Action, a five-point strategy addressing natural resource and environmental management, climate change and disaster risks.

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GEF Meeting Reviews Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project [viewed]

11 August 2011: A meeting to review the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), discussed policy, technical, and operational issues and issued recommendations to enhance the impact of PACC and include lessons learned into other regional legal frameworks.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases 14th Meeting Report [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 August 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report from its 14th meeting, during which the Board invited civil society to engage in a dialogue with the AFB in Durban, South Africa, at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, as well as discussions with institutions supporting the accreditation process of National Implementing Entities (NIE).

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SPREP Supports Media Training on Climate Change in Vanuatu [viewed]

5 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened a day-long training session attended by over 15 ni-Vanuatu representatives of local media. The workshop aimed to strengthen participants' understanding of the science of climate change, and increase their skills in translating technical information to local communities through the media.

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SIDS DOCK Launched to Catalyze Renewable Energy [viewed]

3 August 2011: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has announced the launch of SIDS DOCK, an international organization intended to catalyze sustainable energy projects in small island developing States (SIDS).

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