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DECEMBER 2014

UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific 2014, Asian Institute of Technology Campus, 7-20 December 2014, Bangkok Thailand

The UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific will take place on 7–20 December 2014 at the Asian Institute of Technology Campus, Bangkok Thailand. It is a regional learning platform targeted to future decision makers from governments, business and civil society to design and implement policies, business models and practices on sustainable consumption and production. This Summer School, undertaken by UNEP with UNU-IAS, UNIDO, the ASEAN Secretariat and other partners contributes to the implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP.

Regional Concluding Workshop of UNEP/COBSEA MFF Project ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Coastal Communities, Ecosystems and Economies to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion’, 8-9 December 2014, Samut Songkram, Thailand

This workshop brings national partner institutions from Pakistan and Thailand working on the UNEP Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia Mangroves for the Future project - Strengthening the Resilience of Coastal Communities, Ecosystems and Economies to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion - to present project achievements and outcomes and share lessons and experiences in project implementation. The workshop also serves as a country learning field practicum to demonstrate implementation of selected pilot interventions to project partners and stakeholders

NOVEMBER 2014

Second Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Characterization Workshop, 3-5 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

This second Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) workshop is a follow up to an earlier ecosystem workshop where over 20 ecosystem sub-regions in the Bay of Bengal were identified with experts from BOBLME countries and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO-Australia). National scientists from various disciplines from seven BOBLME countries will participate in the workshop. Areas that will be covered in the workshop include information exchange and learning on data integration techniques and analysis.

Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury, 3-7 November, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC6) is scheduled to take place from 3 to 7 November 2014 at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the sixth session is to prepare for the entry into force of the Convention and to make significant progress towards the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties. 

For more information, visit: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC6/tabid/3563/Default.aspx

Regional Training Workshop on National Adaptation Plans for the Pacific region, 3-7 November 2014, Port Villa,Vanuatu

The Regional Training Workshop on National Adaptation Plans for the Pacific from 3-7 November 2014 Port Villa, Vanuatu, is aimed at helping Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and non-LDC Pacific countries better understand national adaptation planning processes through the Least Developed Countries Expert Group Technical Guidelines, initiate or begin to develop a national road map for the National Adaptation Plan process, and learn from successful practices by peer countries and National Action Plan-Global Support Programme partners. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the NAP Global Support Programme for LDCs. 

Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas Identification Preparatory Workshop, 6 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSA) Identification Preparatory Workshop supports the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity initiative to identify EBSAs in the Bay of Bengal region. The workshop will inform technical personnel from the Bay of Bengal region about the EBSA process, identify new regional data contacts, and provide instruction and capacity development on identifying potential EBSAs before the 2015 Bay of Bengal EBSA workshop, which will identify EBSA in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and where desired, within national jurisdiction.

Third Annual Network Worshop of Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste, 10-12 November 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

UNEP and the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka, will jointly organize the third annual network workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN) in Colombo on 10-12 November 2014. The workshop provides a good opportunity for national environmental authorities, customs, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organisations working on combating environmental crime involving chemicals and waste to exchange views and experiences to address challenges that they face. Issues that will be addressed during the meeting includes risk profiling, information and intelligence sharing, multi-agency cooperation, enforcement tools, repatriation of illegal shipments and regional cooperation.

SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component Technical Advisory Committee and Steering Committee 2014 Meetings, and Regional Asia Pacific Forum on Technology and Finance for Sustainable Consumption and Production, 17-21 November 2014, Manila, Philippines

UNEP in partnership with the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is organizing two meetings - the SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component Technical Advisory Committee and Steering Committee and the Regional Asia Pacific Forum on Technology and Finance for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Manila, Philippines.

The SWITCH Asia Regional Policy Support Component is part of annual meetings held to review progress of the SWITCH Asia programme, agree on activities for the upcoming year and contribute to regional policy dialogue on SCP. The Technology and Finance for SCP will explore public and private finance mechanisms for development and transfer of technologies for SCP. 

Launch of Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia Report, 17-21 November 2014, Manila, Philippines

The Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia, the first such report for the Asia Pacific region, will be launched during SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component Technical Advisory Committee and Steering Committee 2014 Meetings, and Regional Asia Pacific Forum on Technology and Finance for Sustainable Consumption and Production meeting in Manila, Philippines.

The report will include data for developed and developing countries in Asia Pacific and complements national sustainable consumption and production (SCP), resource efficiency and green economy efforts. It includes a set of 32 indicators in 3 priority areas. 

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations,  26-28 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Basin organizations are crucial for the implementation of internationally agreed goals embedded in many Multilateral Environmental Agreements and in national and basin-wide water management schemes. The primary objective of the First International Environment Forum for basin organizations is to strengthen basin organizations as key building blocks for environmental governance.

The Forum provides a platform for basin organizations from around the globe to share experiences on ways to strengthen governance along with incentives and tools to enhance operations particularly for the implementation of environmental obligations and international agreed goals in support of sustainable development. 

OCTOBER 2014

Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, 1-3 October 2014, Kuala Lumpur 

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organizing its flagship Forum on 1-3 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the theme New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society. Over 500 climate change adaptation practitioners are expected to join public and private sector officials and top experts at this year’s Forum. The Forum will help participants from all levels of government, business and society to address development challenges in a changing climate more effectively. This year’s Forum focuses on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and networks for resilient development. With over 150 speakers and 30 sessions planned, the Forum is among the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region. Three Forums have successfully been co-organised by APAN since 2010. 

To register for the event, please go to: http://asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/2014/register

Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, 1-3 October 2014, Ha Long City, Viet Nam

UNEP and the Government of Viet Nam are organizing a Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, also known as NAMAs, 1-3 October 2014 in Ha Long City, Viet Nam. The workshop brings together lead actors working on NAMAs in the Asia Pacific region with UNEP support to share results and exchange experiences with a broader group of countries and sector representatives to enhance synergies with similar activities across the region. Around 65 participants from 13 countries will participate in the workshop. The publication, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Understanding NAMA Cycle, will also be launched during the workshop.

Launch of Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, 8 October 2014, New Delhi, India

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 report will be launched in New Delhi at the UN Information Centre in New Delhi India at 4 pm, a year before the halfway point of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.  The report finds that while there was significant progress towards meeting Aichi Biodiversity Targets, additional actions are required to keep the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 on course.

SEAN-CC Workshop to Build Capacity on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Guidelines, 8-10 October 2014, Singapore

The workshop is to provide training to the Southeast Asia Knowledge Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC) members on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2006 methodology on greenhouse gas inventory for energy sector and quality assurance verification, biennial Update Reports methodology and hands-on training of modules and software and computer model using data brought by countries.

UN-REDD Regional Consultation Workshop on the Strategic Framework 2016-2020, 13-14 October 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

A new strategy for the UN-REDD Programme for the period 2016 - 2020 is being designed. The main aim of the workshop is to conduct in-person consultations with a view to gathering inputs for the draft Programme strategy from UN-REDD Programme partner countries in the region.  

Thematic Meeting of the Southeast Asia and the Pacific  Network of Ozone Officers, 13-16 October 2014, Siem Reap, Cambodia

This workshop is held twice a year to share best practices and expertise of National Ozone Officers and government and private sector officers to assist countries to fulfill their obligations under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer.  Topics that will be discussed during the workshop include: certification/licensing systems of Refrigerant and Air Conditioning Technicians; setting up an industry association; and import control of HCFC-based.  Around 40 participants will be present including UNEP staff, National Ozone Officers and private sector representatives.

Sharing Knowledge and Experience among the Southeast Asian Countries and China on the Implementation of the Biodiversity Strategic Plan 2011-2020 & Aichi Targets, 17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Korea

UNEP supports ASEAN member states, particularly Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar to revise biodiversity strategies and action plans and meet their Aichi targets, through enhanced cooperation between ASEAN and China. This side event organized on the fringes of the Convention of Biological Diversity 12th Conference of Parties, showcases achievements under the China Fund Project, Strengthening the capacity of Southeast Asian countries for the implementation of the Biodiversity Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets. 

19th Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), 20-22 October 2014, Moscow, Russia.

The 19th Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) will take place 20-22 October 2014 to discuss NOWPAP’s annual progress report, work programme and budget. The meeting is organised by NOWPAP Secretariat and Member States. 

29th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative, 20-23 October 2014, Okinawa, Japan

The 29th General Meeting of the International Coral (ICRI) will bring together ICRI members to interact and discuss past and upcoming ICRI-related activities and adopt resolutions or recommendations to attract international attention on coral reefs and related ecosystems issues like degradation due to anthropogenic stresses. The meeting is organised by ICRI Secretariat and Members. Around 60 representatives from government, non-governmental organizations and international organizations are expected to participate in the meeting. 

11th Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Mangroves for the Future, 25-28 October 2014, Sihanouk, Cambodia.

The 11th Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF), organized by the MFF Secretariat and member countries, will bring together some 17 representatives from MFF member countries donors and development partners to update and discuss the MFF programme. MFF is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment in coastal ecosystems for sustainable development. It provides a collaborative platform to help countries; sectors and agencies in the MFF region tackle growing challenges to coastal sustainability.

Assessing Governance in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Workshop, 28-30 October 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

This workshop promotes awareness and dialogue among stakeholders in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) region on governance issues. A preliminary assessment of key areas of governance in the BOBLME region will be undertaken during the meeting to improve understanding of current arrangements and identify areas for further analysis and capacity development. This will include a review of results and outcomes of similar activities undertaken by other large marine ecosystem projects.

REDD+ Academy –  First Regional Training Course for Asia-Pacific Region, 28 October – 8 November 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This first 10-day regional training course for Asia Pacific on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) will take place 28 Oct to 8 November in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It provides an overview of key REDD+ issues, including National REDD+ Strategies, National Forest Monitoring Systems, MRV and Monitoring, Reference Emission Levels, safeguards and Safeguard Information Systems, governance, stakeholder engagement, and climate finance. It is aimed at empowering participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process. The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programme and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit.

South-Asia Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Colombo, 30-31 October 2014, Sri Lanka

UNEP together with the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is organizing the South Asia Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) on 30 – 31 October 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Forum serves as a venue for policy dialogue and collaboration to strengthen national and regional policy frameworks and promote the shift towards SCP patterns and resource efficiency in South Asian countries, along with technology and information exchange on SCP in the region. 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Sub-regional workshop for Asian countries in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury, 18-20 September 2014, New Delhi, India

Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention is organizing a sub-regional workshop for Asian countries in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury in New Delhi, India on 18 – 20 September 2014. The workshop seeks to improve the understanding of the Convention as well as familiarize with the process for signature, ratification and implementation. Informing about available sources of support and creating opportunities for exchange and action in the sub-regions are also part of the process. Finally, the definition of national roadmaps by each participating country will conclude the workshop and sets out the measures to be taken at a national level to move towards ratification and implementation. The presence of implementing agencies at the workshop will assist in informing the agencies of planned activities at the national level.

AUGUST 2014

Climate Technology Network and Finance Center Meeting, 20-22 August 2014, Bangkok

Climate Technology Network and Finance Center Meeting for Regional Institutions with Climate Change Expertise and Project Focal Points (CTNFC) is organized by UNEP to establish a network of relevant regional institutions to promote cooperation and exchange of knowledge. Through this network, the project intends to foster South-South cooperation and further develop the capacity of these institutions so they can holistically address  issues on technology transfer. The objective of the meeting is to engage relevant institutions in technology transfer efforts in the region, as well as provide an update of the activities under the CTNFC, the Climate Technology Centre and Network, and the Technology Mechanism. UNEP is also organizing a back to back meeting of the project focal points, who are also the national designated entities to the CTCN. Participants from both meetings will be introduced to discuss potential collaboration for the generation of technology transfer requests from respective countries.

Extraordinary High-Level Meeting of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health, 19-21 August 2014, Bangkok 

The Government of Thailand, together with UNEP and the World Health Organization, are jointly organizing an Extraordinary High-Level Officials Meeting of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health, 20 to 21 August 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting will revisit the Forum operations under the new Framework for Cooperation and prepare the work plan for 2014-2016. The Regional Forum on Environment and Health is an initiative aiming to effectively address environmental health and strengthen cooperation between Ministries in charge of environment and health in Southeast and Northeast Asia. 

The Forum will be preceded by a High Level Sub-regional Consultation on Advancing Action on Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) on 19 August 2014, where key national and regional challenges of near term climate protection, public health and food and energy security in Southeast and Northeast Asia will be discussed. This meeting is sponsored by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. 

For more information, visit: http://www.environment-health.asia/

Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific, 18-20 August 2014, Nadi

The Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat is organizing a preparatory meeting in Nadi, Fiji on 18-20 August 2014. The aim of this event is to prepare the Pacific representatives for the upcoming 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CMS COP11) and to discuss important issues supporting the COP11 Meeting in Quito, Ecuador in November. Important CMS negotiation tools will be introduced to Pacific National Focal Points to better equip them in the Quito meeting. This event is one of four regional Pre-COP trainings to be attended by the Pacific National Focal Points. 

For more information, visit: http://www.cms.int/en/news/regional-preparatory-and-negotiation-workshop-pacific-preparation-cms-cop11

Climate Finance Workshop: Readiness and Projects Development, 14- 15 August 2014, Bangkok

Considering the importance of climate finance in implementing national climate action plans and challenges to access finance, UNEP is organizing a Climate Finance Workshop on 14-15 August 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. This is organized under the Southeast Asia Network for Climate Change Focal Points Offices (SEAN-CC) targeting ASEAN countries.

This workshop seeks to: facilitate sharing knowledge and experiences on utilizing existing climate finance initiatives; and provide participants with a clear understanding of the role of governments in creating an enabling environment for the accelerated access and implementation of the climate change projects in Southeast Asia. Government officials from different departments and ministries are expected to attend in this event along with representatives from different funding institutions and initiatives supporting climate change action.

For more information, visit: http://www.sean-cc.org/

Pacific Island Countries Thematic Meeting on Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan, 11 – 14 August 2014, Nadi

The “Pacific Island Countries Thematic Meeting on Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) Implementation and Preparation of Second Tranche” is organized by UNEP OzonAction Programme in collaboration with the Government of Fiji, the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme and Member States. This will be held in Nadi, Fiji on 11-14 August 2014 and will be attended by National Ozone Officers and Senior Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Servicing Technicians in the Pacific region. Using the South-South Cooperation mechanism, National Ozone Officers from Cambodia and Timor L'este are also invited to attend.

During this event, an assessment on the status of implementation of the Pacific Island Countries’ HPMP Stage One, Tranche One will be conducted and additional requirements for the preparation of Tranche Two of this project for the period 2015-2020 will be identified.

JULY 2014

Empowering Stakeholders and Spearheading Innovation for Sustainable Development, 24 July, Yokohama

As part of the 6th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific, UNEP-led Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development Showcase Program is organizing a parallel session on 24 July at Yokohama, Japan. The event Empowering Stakeholders and Spearheading Innovation for Sustainable Development -- Lessons from the Field and Future Perspectives for a Sustainable Asia and Pacific seeks to highlight the importance of bottom-up contrivances within the overall architecture for national, regional and global sustainable  development  agenda. Realizing  the  Sustainable Development Goals  will require  both  effective  top-down and  bottom-up approaches. The  event  aims to help improve  the  integration  of innovative  community  actions  into  the  overall implantation strategy of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The APFED Booklet of Good Practices for stakeholder empowerment and engagement will also be launched at the event. Policy makers, members of the civil society, academia and international organizations are expected to attend.

1st Regional Workshop for the Development of a Regional Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for the South Asian Seas Region, 14-25 July, Colombo

UNEP is supporting the South Asia Cooperative Environmental Programme (SACEP) to develop the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for South Asia (SAS), in close collaboration with the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans processes in the SAS countries. During the workshop, the First Draft of the Regional Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy will be presented for review and discussion among SACEP countries and other relevant stakeholders. The main output of the workshop will be the finalization of the Zero Draft, including agreed outline, targets and indicators. After a process of consultation, an agreed Regional Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for South Asia will be presented for approval at the Government Council in 2015.

JUNE 2014

 

First United Nations Environment Assembly

23 - 27 June 2014,

 

 

 

 Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

Human activities are causing unprecedented changes in the Earth's climate. The impacts are already plain to see: floods and droughts, volatile food prices, and increased vulnerability for the poor. On World Environment Day 2014 we look at how climate change is affecting vulnerable coastal communities across Asia and the Pacific and what can be done to mitigate its impact.

When: Thursday, 05 June 2014 - 09:00 to 10:00 GMT

  • Which countries in Asia and the Pacific are most affected by rising sea levels?
  • What can be done to protect coastal communities from the effects of climate change?
  • Are government doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Share your views in advance and send your questions by email or through Facebook or Twitter 

Access the live online chat  here : http://blogs.adb.org/chats/raise-your-voice-not-sea-level

APRIL 2014

Meeting of the ASEAN Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, 28-29 April 2014, Jakarta

The meeting of the ASEAN Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is organized by UNEP and the Government of Indonesia and will take place in Jakarta on 28-29 April 2014. The meeting aims to:  operationalize the work of the Forum; define the working relations with relevant ASEAN Working Groups; identify cooperation opportunities between institutions, initiatives and programmes (UN Environment Assembly, 10-Year Framework of Programmes on  Sustainable Consumption and Production [10 YFP], SWITCH-Asia, Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production,   etc.); and select priorities for Forum supported activities for 2014-2015 that focus on the five initial programme areas of the 10YFP and the priorities identified in the Asia Pacific 10YFP/SCP Roadmap. This event is funded by the European Union and managed by UNEP's  SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support programme

Regional Training Workshop on Climate Adaptation Technologies, 9-12 April 2014, Dhaka

UNEP and the International Institute for Environment and Development along with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development are organizing a regional training workshop on climate adaptation technologies from 9-12 April, 2014, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness, share experiences, and provide capacity building training to 16 Asian partner countries (Bangladesh, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan) on climate change adaptation technologies and their application, in particular targeting water resource management, agriculture, and coastal zone management.

Joint Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs Officers, 4 April, Luang Prabang

A one-day Joint Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs Officers is organized by UNEP Compliance Assistance Programme and the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste project team on 4 April 2014 in Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic. This meeting aims to strengthen the cooperation between the national ozone units and customs agencies for better management of the in Ozone Depleting Substances’ (ODS) trade, and monitoring illegal trade of ODS as well as chemicals and wastes.

Protecting Marine Ecosystems in MFF Countries Using the Green Fins Approach, 3-4 April 2014, Bangkok

This Regional Workshop provides an opportunity to review the project progress in the Maldives and Vietnam and plan further implementation for 2014. The workshop will also bring together the Green Fins international network, providing a forum for sharing of experiences and lessons learned, and brainstorming on further development of Green Fins in the longer-term, including strategic directions, operational and financial sustainability. The workshop is the first event of its kind, and coincides with the 10th year anniversary of the establishment of Green Fins in 2004. This is organized by UNEP COBSEA with support from the Mangroves for the Future. 

National Ozone Officers and Customs join hands to improve enforcement of chemicals and waste, 1-3 April 2014, Luang Prabang

The Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAP) will be held in parallel with the Capacity Building Workshop of SEAP Customs Officers on Combatting Illegal Trade in Chemicals and Wastes. The Network meeting will focus on sharing experiences in the implementation of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase out Management Plan among peers and to update them of the newly approved EU F-gas regulation. The Customs Workshop aims to enhance the capacity of frontline customs officers on prevention and control of illegal transboundary trafficking of Ozone-depleting Substances and other chemicals and wastes.

MARCH 2014

2nd Training of Trainers for UNEP-MOEJ Project on Direct Access to Adaptation Fund, 10-11 March 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

This second Training of Trainers which will take place 10-11 March 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand, is a refresher on fiduciary standards for the Adaptation Fund for the seven countries currently receiving support from the UNEP-Ministry of Environment Japan project on building readiness for direct access to international climate funds. The meeting brings together UNEP experts along with representatives of the seven countries to share experiences and lessons learnt from the project to date. The meeting will also be an opportunity to showcase the project to potential donors who will be invited as observers.

4th Asia-Pacific regional meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), 23-27 March, Kuala Lumpur

This meeting will be organized by the SAICM Secretariat  in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia. SAICM is a multi-stakeholder and multi-sector initiative seeking to achieve sound management of chemicals by 2020. The meeting aims to: review progress on SAICM activities; provide guidance on implementation of sound chemicals management up to 2020; identify regional priorities; exchange experience and information on activities; and prepare for global meetings on chemicals management, notably the International Conference on Chemicals Management in 2015 (ICCM4). Over 100 participants, from national governments, IGOs, NGOs, industry and academia, will discuss critical issues related to Nanotechnologies, endocrine disrupting chemicals and chemicals in products, among other things.

February 2014

5th Steering Committee and Network Meetings, 20-21 February 2014, Pattaya

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organizing its 5th Steering Committee and Network meeting on 20-21 February 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. This is a meeting to be attended by the Steering Committee members and Core Technical Partners of APAN, namely IGES, RRC.AP, SEI and UNEP. Selected potential donors and collaborators will be invited to the meeting as observers to. The meeting is particularly important as it will be the first meeting with newly selected members of the Steering Committee who will serve from January 2014 to December 2015.  It will be followed by an APAN meeting at a later stage where all its partners will be invited to attend. The meeting provides an opportunity for new Steering Committee members to meet and exchange views on the future of APAN, particularly on how APAN can contribute to the Global Adaptation Network, one of the major initiatives of UNEP on climate change adaptation.

Regional Workshop on National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme - Asia, 17-20 February, Pattaya

UNEP, as one of the lead agencies for the Least Developed Country Fund’s Global Support Programme, is organizing the first of a series of regional-level workshops to help Least Developed Countries mainstream climate change adaptation into their national planning processes.  The first workshop will take place from 17-20 February 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand, and will bring practitioners from Norway, Germany, China, Bangladesh and New York City to showcase best practices and share lessons and experiences on Adaptation Planning. Other participants will include representatives from partner agencies (IFAD, WHO, FAO, UNITAR, GWP, UNFCCC, GEF and GIZ), Ministries of Finance or Planning, Ministry of Environment and technical experts from each of the nine Least Developed Countries.

5th Steering Committee and Network Meetings, 20-21 February 2014, Pattaya

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organizing its 5th Steering Committee and Network meeting on 20-21 February 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. This is a meeting to be attended by the Steering Committee members and Core Technical Partners of APAN, namely IGES, RRC.AP, SEI and UNEP. Selected potential donors and collaborators will be invited to the meeting as observers to. The meeting is particularly important as it will be the first meeting with newly selected members of the Steering Committee who will serve from January 2014 to December 2015.  It will be followed by an APAN meeting at a later stage where all its partners will be invited to attend. The meeting provides an opportunity for new Steering Committee members to meet and exchange views on the future of APAN, particularly on how APAN can contribute to the Global Adaptation Network, one of the major initiatives of UNEP on climate change adaptation.

JANUARY 2014

Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Climate Finance Readiness for Accessing International Funds, 16 January 2014, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The Government of Cook Islands is organizing its first stakeholder consultation workshop on Climate Finance Readiness to Access International Funds on 16 January 2014 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The workshop will be attended by representatives from the Cook Islands’ Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (nominated National Implementing Entity) and will be assisted by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (under the Global Climate Change Alliance Technical Assistance). Decisions from this workshop will help the Cook Islands’ government to defining clear roles of different stakeholders, identify capacity gaps and come up with a roadmap for capacity development to access international climate funds. The workshop is organized with the assistance of the Global Climate Change Alliance and financed by the European Union in collaboration with UNEP-Ministry of Environment Japan project on Direct Access to Adaptation Fund.



Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network Annual Meeting, 18-20 January 

The theme for this year’s annual meeting, ‘Biodiversity and Climate Change’, coincides with the International Year of Biodiversity. Around 20 Southeast Asian youths, between 15-24 year, will participate in this meeting which is an opportunity to emphasize to our future leaders the value of our biodiversity, climate change impacts on biodiversity and actions we can take for the sustainability of our ecosystem.

Central Asia Youth Environment Network Annual Meeting, 12-15 February

The theme for this year’s annual meeting, ‘Biodiversity and Climate Change’, coincides with the International Year of Biodiversity. Around 20 Central Asian Youths will participate in this meeting which is an opportunity to emphasize to our future leaders the value of our biodiversity, climate change impacts on biodiversity and actions we can take for the sustainability of our ecosystem.

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