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International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress[viewed]

The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS.

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Caribbean Energy Security Summit Commits to Energy Transition[viewed]

Twenty-six countries, together with seven regional and international organizations have released a joint statement in support of the transformation of the energy systems of Caribbean states. The signatories of the statement, signed during the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, commit to pursuing comprehensive approaches to an energy transition toward “clean sustainable energy for all” and reforms that support the creation of favorable policy and regulatory environments for sustainable energy.

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IRENA, ADFD Announce Project Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities[viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD) Project Facility has announced US$57 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries around the world. The joint facility promotes renewable energy as a focus for foreign development assistance with long-term sustainable development benefits.

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Event: World Environment Day 2015[viewed]

This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.

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Event: Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum[viewed]

The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is organised on the theme of 'Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda'.

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UNDP Reports Development Results, Challenges in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a report on its development results in 36 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. It stresses the need for continued progress in reducing poverty, conserving natural resources, strengthening democratic governance and building resilience, in order to reduce inequality and eliminate poverty in the region.

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Pacific Islands Prioritize Mercury Waste Management[viewed]

Addressing the first ever sub-regional workshop on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi emphasized that the sound management of waste and chemicals is crucial for protecting human health and the environment in small island developing States (SIDS). David Sheppard, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General urged all countries that have not already done so, to begin ratify the convention as soon as possible.

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Event: UNCCD COP 12[viewed]

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey.

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Event: DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take?[viewed]

A Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 8-10 April 2015.

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Event: 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol[viewed]

The 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 27) to the Montreal Protocol will convene from 1-5 November 2015.

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