Southwest Pacific

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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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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