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Latest News - 26 November 2014
ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks
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21_November 2014: 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. continued...
SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping
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21_November 2014: 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). continued...
CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate
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20_November 2014: 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. continued...
IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping
Read More: IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping
19_November 2013: 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. continued...
Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project
Read More: Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project
7_November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). continued...
Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress
Read More: Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress
19_November 2014: 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 Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress. continued...
New Zealand Undergoes First PIF Review of Development Partners
Read More: New Zealand Undergoes First PIF Review of Development Partners
18_November 2014: 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. continued...
Maldives Implementing Low-Carbon Development Strategy
Read More: Maldives Implementing Low-Carbon Development Strategy
17_November 2014: 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, as announced under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). continued...
Queen Conch Working Group Agrees to Regional Conservation Measures
Read More: Queen Conch Working Group Agrees to Regional Conservation Measures
20_November 2014: Experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) fisheries organizations and national Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities from 23 countries met to develop a new set of regional, harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch. continued...
GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released
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November_2014: A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed. continued...
World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation
Read More: World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation
19_November 2014: World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.” continued...
France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change
Read More: France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change
17_November 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change between Pacific leaders and French President François Hollande, who will preside the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. During the Dialogue, the Pacific Community urged France to take on a strong leadership role in 2015 to adopt a meaningful climate change agreement and pledged their support to Hollande during preparations for COP 21. continued...
CITES and SPREP to Strengthen Partnership in Pacific Region
Read More: CITES and SPREP to Strengthen Partnership in Pacific Region
14_November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration between the two organizations. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Third Session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 24 Nov - 26 Nov
INDM, IGO, IACNDR Washington D.C., US 25 Nov - 26 Nov
Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biosafety Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados 1 Dec - 5 Dec
UNFCCC COP 20 Lima, Peru 1 Dec - 12 Dec
CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats Baltimore, MD, US 2 Dec - 4 Dec
WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 3 Dec - 5 Dec
International Mountain Day 2014 worldwide 11 Dec
Fifth Session of the IRENA Assembly Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 Jan - 18 Jan
Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ New York City, US 20 Jan - 23 Jan
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 3-1) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 13 Feb
IPCC 41 Nairobi, Kenya 24 Feb - 27 Feb
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9 Mar - 12 Mar
Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 13 Apr - 17 Apr
2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 17 Apr - 19 Apr
 
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