Southwest Pacific

Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's GHG Inventory Submission Report [viewed]

22 December 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/AUS) of the review of the annual inventory submission of Australia.

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Australia and CARICOM Discuss Fast-start Climate Finance [viewed]

18 December 2010: Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and Australia met in Turkeyen, Guyana, on 17 December 2010, for the inaugural CARICOM-Australia High-level Meeting on the Development Assistance Partnership.

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Event: CBD Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, this regional consultation and capacity-building workshop will focus on biodiversity and indigenous and local community aspects of REDD+, including relevant safeguards.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Funding for Two Projects [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board concluded its 12th session in Cancun, Mexico, back-to-back with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. Board members approved funding for projects in Nicaragua and Pakistan, and for five concepts, from the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia and the Maldives, for financing at its next session.

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EU and Pacific Islands Forum Launch Joint Climate Initiative [viewed]

15 December 2010: Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, and Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, launched a "Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change" to mobilize EU member States and international partners to jointly support the reinforcement of Pacific countries' capacity to address the impacts of climate change more efficiently.

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UNEP Publishes ACP MEAs Project Update Newsletter [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter contains information on upcoming activities in the African, Caribbean and Pacific project hubs.

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APEC Releases Report on Sustainable Biofuel Development [viewed]

9 December 2010: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has announced the publication of the report “Sustainable Biofuel Development Policies, Programs, and Practices in APEC Economies.”

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SPC and GTZ Assist Fiji on REDD+ Strategy [viewed]

9 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) convened a planning workshop for the Fiji REDD+ Strategy from 25-26 November, in Suva, Fiji.

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SPC and GTZ Launch Climate Protection through Forest Conservation Project [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), has launched a Pacific regional project titled “Climate protection through forest conservation in the Pacific Island countries.” 

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