Southwest Pacific

Pacific Islands Development Forum Adopts Suva Declaration on Climate Change [viewed]

pidf4 September 2015: Leaders of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, emphasizing their "grave distress" over climate change, are calling for increased support for adaptation measures and the creation of a Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) regional task force on climate financing. The leaders called for these and other actions in the 'Suva Declaration on Climate Change,' adopted at the Third Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit of Leaders (PIDF 3).

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Algeria, Colombia Submit INDCs [viewed]

algeria_colombia7 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria and Colombia are the 58th and 59th Parties, respectively, to formally submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Algeria's INDC includes a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7-22% below a business as usual (BAU) reference level by 2030. In its INDC, Colombia puts forward a unilateral, unconditional GHG reduction target of 20% compared to BAU by 2030, as well as a conditional 30% reduction target.

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UNDP Executive Board Discusses Post-2015, COP 21 Support [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board discussed UNDP's support for the post-2015 and financing for development (FfD) processes and for the climate negotiations, with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stressing the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable, and for finding synergies between development and environment finance and between humanitarian and development finance.

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World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement [viewed]

siwi_www28 August 2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France.

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ESCAP Launches E-learning Platform for Disaster Resilience [viewed]

UNESCAP28 August 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched an online e-learning platform to help countries in the region build capacity to withstand, adapt to and recover from natural disasters. The platform, called the Geo-referenced Information Systems for Disaster Risk Management (Geo-DRM) portal, is a component of ESCAP's efforts to advance regional implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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UNESCAP Argues for NAMAs in Waste Sector [viewed]

UNESCAPAugust 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) argues for recognizing and rewarding the sustainable development benefits from waste management, in the context of developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

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Australia Submits INDC [viewed]

Australian Flag11 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Australia is the 54th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Party intends to implement the higher range of the target if circumstances allow, considering such factors as the costs of technology.

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UN-REDD Workshop Explores Indigenous Peoples and CSO Participation in REDD+ Processes [viewed]

unredd24 July 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) hosted a regional knowledge exchange for REDD+ stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific. UN-REDD has released the results of the workshop, which focused on best practices for engaging civil society organizations (CSOs) and indigenous peoples.

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SPREP Reports on Environment and Development Work [viewed]

SPREP4 August 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) released its Annual Report for 2014, detailing the relevance of SPREP's work to the major environmental and sustainable development challenges in its Pacific island members. The report focuses on four priority areas: biodiversity and ecosystem management; climate change; waste management and pollution control; and environmental monitoring and governance.

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