Southwest Pacific

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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Pacific Moves Towards Integrated DRR and Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

2 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) announced the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11), titled "Revealing Risk, Redefining Development."

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Event: UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Consultation [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth of seven planned regional consultations to be convened by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) regarding the development of sustainability principles for the insurance industry. It is envisaged that once finalized, the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance will serve as a global framework for insurance companies to better manage environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities in their core business strategies and operations.  

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Event: Review of the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change Meeting [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is convening this meeting with representative of the 13 Pacific Island Countries involved in the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) Project, to review and discuss progress and to share experiences and lessons learned. The PACC is implemented by SPREP in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It is a US$13 million project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project provides funds and support for national climate change adaptation projects in the areas of coastal management, food production and security, and water resources management.  

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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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