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Regional Dialogues on NDC Implementation Launched [viewed]

regional_dialogue19 July 2016: In the lead-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference, a number of international partners and national governments are holding discussions on the next steps toward implementation of climate action plans, known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The first of these dialogues took place from 19-21 July 2016, in San José, Costa Rica, and analyzed Latin American and Caribbean NDCs.

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Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions, Increase Access to Modern, Efficient Technology [viewed]

Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions20 July 2016: Announcements from various intergovernmental organizations over recent weeks hold promise for reducing emissions from the energy sector and increasing participation in the energy economy. Whether toolkits guiding decision makers on energy-related issues or technological analysis, the initiatives described below contribute to the implementation of both the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates [viewed]

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: World Bank and India Team Up on Solar, US$1 Billion Pledged for Sustainable Energy in Pacific [viewed]

sustainable_energy_finance1 July 2016: The New Energy Outlook 2016, a long-term forecast published in June by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), predicts that coal and gas prices will remain lower than expected. However, with wind and solar costs anticipated to dip relatively lower, the Outlook assures that a fundamental transformation toward renewables is still in the works, with US$7.8 trillion in clean energy investments projected from 2016-2040.

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Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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SPC Provides Baselines for Educational Outcomes [viewed]

SPC17 June 2016: A Pacific Community education benchmarking project has reported on its pilot phase conducted in three countries: Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands. The Pacific Benchmarking for Education Results (PaBER) pilot project was conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with support from the Australian Government, from July 2012 to March 2016, to provide a baseline to monitor the three countries' educational systems' performance and learning outcomes, with a view to improving the quality of school education in the Pacific.

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PacWaste Provides Incinerators for Heathcare Waste [viewed]

SPREP14 June 2016: The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has installed and commissioned four of 26 state-of-the-art healthcare waste incinerators. PacWaste is providing the incinerators in response to a 2013 survey finding that none of the region's key hospitals and health clinics met minimum standards for proper management of hazardous healthcare wastes, in large part due to the lack of appropriate incinerators and training in best practices.

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OHRLLS Launches Global Business Network for SIDS [viewed]

UN-OHRLSS - SIDS Global Business NetworkJune 2016: The UN Office for the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) has launched the Small Island Developing States Global Business Network (SIDS-GBN). The Network seeks to connect the SIDS private sector, the international business community, and other national and international stakeholders on areas including oceans, connectivity, sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy and finance.

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