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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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PacWaste Survey Identifies Support for Asbestos Ban [viewed]

SPREP15 June 2016: The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) released the results of a survey showing that young Pacific islanders report having little or no knowledge about asbestos and its associated health risks. The survey also reveals broad support for a regional ban on imports of materials containing asbestos.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Mitigation Update: Climate Conference Focuses on Accelerated Action, Markets and Transport Solutions Advanced [viewed]

unfccc_iea_ccafs_nama_wb6 June 2016: Addressing the Group of Seven (G7), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stated on 23 May, “Today, the challenge is to translate intent into action…that does justice to the extraordinary ambition enshrined in the Paris Agreement….” Figueres attended her final intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies from 16-26 May in Bonn, Germany, where an overarching theme of 'Accelerating Implementation of the Paris Agreement' pervaded many of the special events and negotiations.

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Energy Outlook: Clean Energy Investments, RE Employment Increasing, Cities Unlock Mitigation Potential [viewed]

unfccc_wb_irena_iea2 June 2016: Energy-related news of the past few weeks reported here indicate that regional development banks' investments in clean energy are increasing. Other recent developments show that: renewables are currently firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy; energy efficiency (EE) action in urban environments helps cities transition to sustainable energy systems; and employment in renewable energy (RE) is on the rise. Events, initiatives and publications described in this update contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDGs 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Prioritize Clean, Efficient Energy, Invest in Infrastructure to Expand Electricity Access [viewed]

energy_update_jun1 June 2016: During the month of May, many multilateral development banks (MDBs) hosted their annual meetings, at which sustainable energy was often a central theme. The African Development Bank (AfDB), for instance, has placed powering the African continent “on the front burner,” putting it at the top of its priority list.

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May 2016 Climate Finance Update: Calls for Adaptation Funding, Attention to Climate Risk [viewed]

may2016_climate_finance31 May 2016: A number of international meetings that convened in May 2016 included a focus on climate finance. Carbon pricing continued to receive attention, alongside climate change planning and financing in Africa. Calls were also made to pay increased attention to the growing 'adaptation finance gap,' and climate and disaster risks, including in investments. A number of resilience projects received funding, and development banks and climate funds organized readiness workshops.

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