Southwest Pacific

Informal Climate Ministerial Outlines Expectations for 2015 Agreement [viewed]

European Union 30 April 2014: Connie Hedegaard, Member of the European Commission in Charge of Climate Action, and Tine Sundtoft, Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, co-chaired an informal climate ministerial roundtable to discuss key aspects of the 2015 climate change agreement and ways to raise pre-2020 ambition.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. Among the attendees at this event will be the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The 17 major economies participating in the MEF are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the US.  

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Guest Article #105: MRV-ing Carbon in Practice [viewed]

In 2013, we saw the continuation of two emerging trends in the global carbon pricing landscape. On the one hand, it was a challenging year for existing international mechanisms, with credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) worth no more than a few cents and the Kyoto Protocol shrinking to 12% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the other hand, an increasing number of jurisdictions implemented GHG mitigation instruments meant to put a price on carbon.

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Pacific Region Launches Resilience Innovation and Leadership Award [viewed]

UNISDR24 April 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific launched the Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR), coinciding with the approaching 10th anniversary of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and in advance of a HFA successor agreement and post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be endorsed in Japan in 2015.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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C20 Consultations Outline Strategies for G20 Action [viewed]

c20April 2014: The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conversations have released summaries of ongoing consultations on four themes: climate and sustainability; governance; inclusive growth and employment; and infrastructure. C20 Conversations is an online platform supporting the preparation of recommendations to the 2014 Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

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UNFCCC Publishes 2013-2015 Review Submissions from the EU, Canada and Others [viewed]

UNFCCC9 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the 2013-2015 review of the long-term global goal, containing parties' views on the future work of the structured expert dialogue (SED), including the further use of different sources of information (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.1), and on how the review's outcomes will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.2).

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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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