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ECLAC Projects Economic Slowdown in LAC Region[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released projections indicating that the countries of the region will grow 0.5% on average in 2015. The projections are contained in ECLAC's annual report, titled ‘Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2015,' which was released during a press conference in Santiago, Chile.

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UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific[viewed]

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, where 80% of the world's disaster events take place.

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Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services[viewed]

The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down[viewed]

The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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Event: Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the Asia-Pacific region.

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UNGA Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has endorsed the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The endorsement occurred during an UNGA plenary meeting where delegates adopted resolution A/69/L.82 titled ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development,' which includes the AAAA as an annex.

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Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'[viewed]

The revised draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was released on 26 July 2015, ahead of the second week in the final negotiation session on the agenda. Co-Facilitators David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya write in their covering letter to UN Member States that the draft takes account of the wide range of views expressed during the first week, held on 20-24 July.

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SPREP Organizes Nature Conservation Roundtable, Supports Coral Reef Management Training[viewed]

The 18th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) discussed the implementation of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas (PAs) across the Pacific region.

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Marshall Islands Submits INDC[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities[viewed]

A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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