Southwest Pacific

Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

sids.conference.iisdrs29 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference for Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum focused on identifying durable partnerships to promote sustainable development. The Forum resulted in an outcome statement, titled ‘The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway: Engaging for a Sustainable Future,' which calls on governments to use a human rights and development framework to underpin all action plans, and underscores environmental sustainability, economic justice, gender equality and human rights as critical components in pursuing sustainable development.

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PACC Project Completes Climate-Reslient Harbor in Cook Islands [viewed]

PACC22 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported that, as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC), the Cook Islands have completed a climate-resilient harbor for the island of Mangaia. In addition, the tool developed to design the harbor can be used to design other coastal infrastructure in the Cook Islands.

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UNESCO World Heritage Paper Highlights SIDS' Cultural Heritage and Resources [viewed]

UNESCO25 August 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a paper on 'Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities,' as a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper describes the evolution of the SIDS agenda, highlights SIDS in the World Heritage Convention (WHC) context, and includes seven thematic papers on shared concerns and challenges across SIDS, such as disaster risk management (DRM) and building resilience to climate change, land management and sustainable tourism.

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ADB Urges Focus on Food Insecurity, Disaster Reduction [viewed]

ADB20 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released its annual statistical report on key social and economic indicators, which calls for paying greater attention to the impacts of rising food prices on the poor, and addressing their vulnerability to disasters, climate impacts and other kinds of risk.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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SPREP Launches Climate Change Toolkit for Pacific Media [viewed]

SPREP5 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched a toolkit to support journalists in the Pacific region in effectively communicating on climate change and related environmental issues. The toolkit consists of a series of factsheets containing information on different aspects of climate change, and a manual of activities for improving journalists' climate change reporting and interview techniques.

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UNEP Foresight Report Identifies Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on priority issues for small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process' is one of UNEP's contributions to the Third International SIDS Conference convening in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, and it is aligned with one of the thematic issues of the Conference: “identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them.”

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WorldFish Report Discusses Fisheries, Food Security and Climate Change in Kiribati [viewed]

WorldFishAugust 2014: WorldFish has released a report that examines fisheries governance and livelihoods in Kiribati. The report, titled ‘Fish for the Future: Fisheries development and food security for Kiribati in an era of global climate change,' analyzes the status of Kiribati coastal and ocean fisheries resources and discusses challenges related to sustainability and climate change; population, food security and coastal fisheries management; social challenges in Kiribati fisheries; and licensing revenue and development.

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Report Finds 'Coasts at Risk' in SIDS, Tropical States [viewed]

coastsatriskAugust 2014: Tropical and small island developing States (SIDS) are most at risk from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards, according to ‘Coasts at Risk: An Assessment of Coastal Risks and the Role of Environmental Solutions.' The report uses an indicator-based approach to assess risks from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards and identifies where environmental degradation increases these risks. The report then considers how environmental solutions, such as conservation and restoration, can contribute to risk reduction and conservation goals.

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WMO, SPREP Campaign to Improve Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep4 August 2014: A global campaign to improve weather and climate services for small island developing States (SIDS) was launched with support from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Digicel Pacific. The 'Small Islands, Weather Together' campaign aims to illustrate that SIDS can work together to improve critical weather and climate services.

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