Southwest Pacific

SPC Announces Support for PICTs on DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that, with financial support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), it is assisting Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) in developping disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation responses.

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GEF, UNCCD Publish Book on Sustainable Land Management Projects [viewed]

October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats have jointly published a book on sustainable land management (SLM) projects, highlighting the impact of many of these projects in achieving SLM, as well as experiences and lessons learned.

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ISDR Warns Against Increasing Drought Risks in Pacific Islands [viewed]

10 October 2011: Stressing the finite water resources of Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stressed the need put in place comprehensive risk reduction measures to reduce their vulnerability to climate change.

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IMF Review of Marshall Islands Highlights Climate Change Risks [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its annual Article IV consultations with Marshall Islands, citing a strong economic recovery since 2009 while cautioning that long-term risks include energy supply and impacts of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on the Research Dialogue [viewed]

UNFCCC6 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing a joint submission on views on the research dialogue, including ongoing activities, associated modalities and ways to enhance it (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.8/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Submissions on the Research Dialogue [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from parties on their views on the research dialogue, including ongoing activities, associated modalities and ways to enhance it (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.8).

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Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Announces Renewable Energy Project in Cook Islands [viewed]

3 October 2011: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced the approval of US$1 million funding for a solar power project on Rakahanga in the Cook Islands.

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Asia and the Pacific Meeting Addresses Sustainable Energy Development [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific reviewed energy security challenges facing the region and outlined a regional agenda on the issue. Participants stressed the importance for countries in the region to have national policies that will ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy services to advance poverty reduction and improve health and well-being.

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Experts Adopt Recommendations on Climate Change Education in SIDS [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focused the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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