Southwest Pacific

Republic of Korea Hosts First Korea-Pacific Islands Meeting [viewed]

2 June 2011: The first Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers' Meeting convened under the theme, "Vision and Action: Cooperation Across the Ocean," to discuss ways for the Republic of Korea to expand development cooperation to Pacific Island Countries (PICs), as well as how the participating countries can work together in addressing climate change. It concluded with the adoption of a joint statement comprising major achievements of the meeting.

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"Lessons For Future Action" Ends with Adoption of MOU between SPREP and 5C's [viewed]

26 May 2001: A conference on "Lessons for Future Action," which took place in Apia, Samoa, emphasized the urgency of climate change adaptation and future decisions affecting small island developing States (SIDS), given the threat of natural disasters. At the end of the Conference, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's) adopted a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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UNFCCC Releases Addendum to SBSTA 34 Agenda [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional agenda of the upcoming 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNESCO Releases April-June Edition of Voices Newsletter [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the April-June edition of its newsletter Voices, which reports on UNESCO's activities in the Asia Pacific region, and features articles on science education and research in the Maldives, the environmental and health impacts of livestock production, and media workshops on coverage of environmental issues and the impact of climate change.

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SPC Hosts Training on Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change and Adaptation Programmes [viewed]

27 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a training of trainers on gender mainstreaming in projects and programmes on adaptation and climate change in Suva, Fiji, from 16-18 May 2011. The training was organized by the Energy Programme of SPC's Economic Development Division (EDD) and attended by 13 participants, including representatives from community-based organizations.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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Sandwatcher Newsletter Reports on Indian Ocean Workshop [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the April 2011 issue of "The Sandwatcher." The newsletter describes activities undertaken by Sandwatch network groups worldwide, including the Sandwatch Regional Indian Ocean Workshop held on Mahe, Seychelles, in October 2010.

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Small Islands Exchange Lessons on Climate Change, DRR [viewed]

24 May 2011: Opening the conference titled “Lessons for Future Action: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island States,” Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, urged participants to share lessons learnt on climate change and disaster risk management, so small island developing States (SIDS) can strategize for a better future in the face of climate change.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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Report of Committee for Development Policy Reviews Indicators of LDCs [viewed]

May 2011: The report of the 13th session of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which took place from 21-25 March 2011, has just been released. The report reviews the Committee's consideration of the following themes: education for all, issues related to the Least Developed Countries (including monitoring of the development progress of Equatorial Guinea and Samoa), and migration and development. 

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