Southwest Pacific

UNGA Tackles Climate Change, SIDS and Disaster Issues [viewed]

25 September 2010: The general debate of the UN General Assembly's 65th session started on 23-25 September 2010, in New York, US, with several speakers addressing issues related to climate change, disasters and small island developing States (SIDS).

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IITA Helps Preserve Yam Biodiversity [viewed]

16 September 2010: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has engaged in an effort with the Global Crop Diversity Trust to add 3,000 samples from yam species to international gene banks.

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GEO-5 Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific Identifies Priority Issues [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 16-17 September 2010.

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UNESCAP Launches Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning [viewed]

16 September 2010: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) announced the launch of a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning.

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SPREP Meeting Adopts Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 [viewed]

9 September 2010: The 21st meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened in Madang, Papua New Guinea, from 6-10 September 2010, and concluded with the adoption of a Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.

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Global Mechanism Developing South-South Cooperation Web Portal [viewed]

September 2010: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is developing a web-based, knowledge exchange tool to strengthen the role of local stakeholders in decision-making processes related to Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

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Solomon Islands Qualifies for Adaptation Fund [viewed]

26 August 2010: Solomon Islands is the first country in the Pacific, and the fourth country worldwide, to qualify for the Adaptation Fund under the UNFCCC, which will finance projects in vulnerable developing countries aimed to help adapt their agricultural resources and food security to climate change threats.

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Brazil and New Zealand Discuss Climate Cooperation Issues [viewed]

14 August 2010: A bilateral meeting between Brazil's Minister of External Relations and New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs was held on 13-14 August 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil, to discuss, inter alia, climate change cooperation.

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Event: VI Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED6) [viewed]

This gathering of ministers of environment and of development is an agenda-setting forum to assess the state of sustainable development, identify regional perspectives and priorities, and decide concerted actions in response to imperatives posed by global and regional environment challenges. It is co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The event is based on the recognition that the Asia and Pacific region continues to face persistent development challenges in terms of poverty alleviation, better access to basic services, sustainable use of natural resources and enhanced social inclusiveness. This situation is exacerbated by emerging risks and uncertainties including the food, energy and financial crisis as well as climate change threat. In addition, the region remains particularly susceptible to natural disasters, which are likely to increase in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change impacts.  

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Event: Workshop on Improving the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. It aims to increase the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in countries currently hosting fewer than ten registered CDM projects. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on recent developments on CDM modalities, identifying and overcoming barriers for the promotion of CDM projects in their countries and related technical, financial and policy issues. The workshop also offers one-on-one discussion with the ADB team of experts to discuss project structuring and options to move forward. The workshop is a first of a series targeting participation from seven countries with less than ten registered CDM projects, namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  

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