Southwest Pacific

PIF 40th Anniversary Keynote Highlights Pacific Plan [viewed]

3 March 2011: Meltek Sato Kilman Livtuvanu,
Prime Minister of Vanuatu and
Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, delivered a keynote address on “Pacific Regionalism: Past, Present and Future” in the context of the Pacific Islands Forum's 40th Anniversary Leaders' Lecture Series, on 3 March 2011, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

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EU, Pacific Islands Discuss Implementation of Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

2 March 2011: A High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific is convening in Vanuatu from 2-4 March 2011, where the EU and Pacific countries are discussing implementation of the Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change.

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Event: Ocean Climate and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Pacific: IOC/WESTPAC Eighth International Scientific Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium is organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). It aims to bring together marine scientists with a view to encouraging an interdisciplinary approach towards the management and sustainable development of coasts and oceans with the growing challenges of climate change. Issues to be addressed include: coastal acidification; climate modeling and prediction; marine remote sensing; and paleoclimatology (corals and monsoon).  

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SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

2 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is convening the seventh SPC Heads of Fisheries meeting from 1-4 March 2011, in Noumea, New Caledonia, with fisheries representatives from 14 Pacific Island Countries.

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Event: 10th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) [viewed]

The 10th APRSCP is co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia Solid Waste Association (InSWA). The objectives of the meeting are to: enhance and strengthen regional cooperation through information and experience exchange in development and implementation of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) strategies; promote best practices, programs, local initiatives and lessons learned on SCP related projects in Asia and the Pacific region; and to review the SCP framework and activities, identifying potential challenges and alternative solutions for implementing SCP strategy in relation to greening business and climate change mitigation.  

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World Bank Supports Distance Learning Course on Climate Change Science and Policy [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank through its Global Development Learning Network is supporting the organization of a distance learning course on “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from 8 April-8 June 2011.

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CSD Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting Addresses SIDS Issues [viewed]

28 February 2011: Addressing the opening session of the week-long Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD) 19th session, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that the effects of the global energy crisis, the ongoing food crisis, freshwater scarcity and the “overwhelming impact” of climate change continue to be challenges.

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SPREP and UNESCO Train Environmental Reporters in Vanuatu [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is conducting a training session to strengthen environmental reporting skills in the media sector, from 28 February-4 March 2011, in Vanuatu.

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PACC Socioeconomic Assessment Carried Out in Kivori, PNG [viewed]

28 February 2011: A socioeconomic assessment is been carried out in Kivori, Papua New Guinea (PNG), as a pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, implemented by the PNG Department of Agriculture and Livestock, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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UNICEF Launches 2011 State of the World's Children Report [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released its annual flagship report, "The State of the World's Children 2011 – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity," on 25 February at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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