Southwest Pacific

January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

january2016_energyFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank released reports related to financing and deploying clean energy.

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Second Committee Considers Road Map on Working Methods [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial26 January 2016: UN Member States considered a proposed road map for informal consultations on “revitalization” of the work of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). Angrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia and Chair of the Second Committee, presented the proposal, which addresses the Committee's role in guiding and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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Event: Global Aviation Dialogues: Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting [viewed]

This Asia-Pacific regional meeting will meet in Indonesia to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

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Event: CGE Regional Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European Regions on BUR Preparation [viewed]

This Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UNFCCC (CGE) Regional Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on preparing Biennial Update Reports (BURs) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  

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Event: ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting [viewed]

The annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to provide: guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions; and the opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations, the media and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academia and the private sector. The annual meetings, which are held in a member country in late April or early May and include the participation of finance and economic planning ministers, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and investment bankers, aim to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.  

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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Governments, Partners Launch International Partnership for Blue Carbon [viewed]

australia_indonesia_costarica6 December 2015: The Governments of Australia, Costa Rica and Indonesia launched an International Partnership for Blue Carbon at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The partnership aims to increase understanding of and accelerate action on the role of blue carbon ecosystems in action on climate change, including both adaptation and mitigation.

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