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DESA, UNCRD Build Disaster Management Capacity in SIDS Municipalities [viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with various partners, organized a capacity-building seminar for stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and challenges faced by SIDS municipalities regarding the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, the impacts of sea-level rise and other climate-related risks.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks[viewed]

Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping[viewed]

A regional workshop on regulations relating to the prevention of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping sought to encourage more Pacific island countries to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Currently eight Pacific countries are parties to MARPOL, according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate [viewed]

The semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings concluded in a unanimous commitment to the CIF mandate in the future in order to ensure continuity of climate finance and action. The meeting also emphasized the need to maintain diversity of financing options, and complementarity and coherence of CIF with other sources of climate finance.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping[viewed]

Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project[viewed]

Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF).

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Pacific Consultation Acknowledges “Unique Context” for Post-2015 Development[viewed]

A consultation among Pacific Island States determined that implementing the post-2015 development agenda will require tailoring of development approaches to countries' unique geographic, environmental, cultural and social contexts. Participants in the Pacific Consultation on Progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda said such tailoring must take into account existing regional platforms for development cooperation, trade arrangements, and technology needs.

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Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress[viewed]

Participants discussed threats to Pacific ecosystems and species, showcased efforts to conserve and manage biodiversity through marine protected areas (MPAs) and agreed on collaborative action during a series of Pacific-focused events that took place at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress.

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New Zealand Undergoes First PIF Review of Development Partners[viewed]

Development aid from New Zealand is undergoing the first donor review by its recipients in the Pacific, in an effort to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation in the region. The review is part of the Forum Compact process, which was agreed among Pacific Island Countries in 2009 to encourage good practice in development and address aid fragmentation and lack of development progress, despite decades of assistance.

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Maldives Implementing Low-Carbon Development Strategy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has formulated a Low Carbon Development Strategy for the Maldives' Ministry of Energy and Environment, which will support the country in fulfilling its pledge to be carbon-neutral made under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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