Southwest Pacific

US, Canada and Mexico, and Federated States of Micronesia Propose HFCs Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol [viewed]

May 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has released documents in the lead up to the upcoming 31st Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2011. The documents include a proposal from the US, Canada and Mexico, and one from the Federated States of Micronesia, to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol.

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ILO Releases Report on Employment in LDCs [viewed]

April 2011: In preparation for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9-13 May 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report titled "Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries."

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UNDP, SPREP and SPC Hold Pacific Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture [viewed]

2 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre, in collaboration with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and with support from the Nadi Meteorology Service, is hosting a three-week workshop, from 2-20 May 2011, in Nadi, Fiji, on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture for agricultural and meteorological experts.

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UNDP and Samoa to Integrate Climate Change Resilience into Forestry Management [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministers of Finance (MOF) and Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa have signed a joint Project on the "Integration of Climate Change Risks and Resilience into Forestry Management in Samoa (ICCRIFS)."

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Adaptation Fund Board Invites Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

26 April 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has posted 13 project proposals on its website for comment from civil society. The proposals come from Argentina, Djibouti, Fiji, Guatemala, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania and Turkmenistan.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Appeals Against CDM Executive Board Decisions [viewed]

21 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.2) from parties, intergovernmental organizations and admitted observer organizations, regarding their views on procedures and institutional arrangements under the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) to allow for appeals against the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) decisions based on decision 2/CMP.5, paragraph 42, taking into account the recommendations of the Executive Board contained in annex II to its annual report.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Loss and Damage Work Programme [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.1) on views and information on elements to be included in the work programme on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

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FAO Releases Publications on Forestry in Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

April 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released reports on forests and forestry in the Asia-Pacific region, looking forward to 2020, and including subregional reports and analyses for Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Pacific and the Greater Mekong. An additional report examines "Forest policies, legislation and institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Trends and emerging needs for 2020."

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Multilateral Fund Approves Funding for HCFC Phase-Out in 39 Countries [viewed]

15 April 2011: The Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) convened for its 63rd meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 4-8 April 2011. The meeting committed over US$40 million to phase-out approximately 400 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in 39 developing countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published additional documents in preparation for the 34th session the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011, in conjunction with the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups.

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