Southwest Pacific

FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions [viewed]

FAO11 April 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions that emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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UNFCCC LEG Reviews Implementation of 2013-2014 Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC8 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary report of the 25th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which, among other things, reviewed progress on implementation of the LEG work programme for 2013-2014. 

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Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets [viewed]

marshall island flag4 April 2014: Upon conclusion of the 13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, which was hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tony A. de Brum, Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, announced that the "alliance of progressive countries has for the first time forged a common purpose around a set of objectives for a new climate agreement, due to be signed in 2015".

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GFCS Consultation Reviews Status of Climate Services in the Pacific [viewed]

gfcs4 April 2014: The Regional Consultation on Climate Services for Pacific Small Island States and Related Meetings met with the aim of improving weather and climate services in small island developing States (SIDS) and ensuring that implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) meets their needs.

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Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All2 April 2014: The Pacific region launched the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of island States in addressing sustainable development challenges at "a pivotal moment."

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March 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb--erdb-gef-afdb-eib31 March 2014: Throughout the month of March, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in countries including: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), France, Kenya, the Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands, Zambia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Japan, PIFS Support Integrated Solar Energy-Desalination Plant in Palau [viewed]

PIFSMarch 2014: A project to integrate solar energy and saltwater desalination has increased the supply of clean water eight-fold for 450 residents of the Palau state of Peleliu. The project, designed to demonstrate opportunities at the water-energy nexus, is administered through the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), with support from the Government of Japan through the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund.

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WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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SIDS PrepCom Releases Info Note, Sets Six Areas for Partnerships [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo21 March 2014: The information note for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released, which provides information on: conference venue; programme; and participation and registration.

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Event: 13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action [viewed]

The 13th meeting of countries participating in the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action will be hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in Majuro. The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive action, or Cartagena Dialogue, is an informal space “open to countries working towards an ambitious, comprehensive, and legally binding regime in the UNFCCC, and committed, domestically, to becoming or remaining low carbon economies.” The Dialogue aims to “discuss openly and constructively the reasoning behind each others' positions, exploring areas of convergence and potential areas of joint action.” The Cartagena Dialogue consists of around 30 participating countries, and it is one of the few groups within the UN climate negotiations that brings together negotiators from the global North and South.  

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