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Climate Change in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and impacts are likely to become more intense in future. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events have contributed to loss of crop yield in many countries. Crop yields are projected to decline by a further 10 percent by 2020. More


UNEP Targets Innovative Learning to Reduce Disaster Risk Worldwide 
More than 1,000 risk and disaster experts, practitioners and government officials from over 100 countries convene in Davos this week to tackle the growing challenge of disaster risk 

Davos, Switzerland, 26 August 2014 - In the past decade, natural disasters have cost over 1.2 million lives and economic losses have continued to skyrocket. Projections indicate that damages from disasters will climb up to US$400 billion per year and with climate change expected to worsen these impacts, identifying innovative solutions and responses has become an urgent priority.

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Leads the Way Towards an Inclusive Green Economy 

25 August 2014 - When the global financial crisis began in 2008-09, environmental sustainability dwindled as a policy priority for many countries and budgets for environment and sustainable management of natural resources were cut across the globe.  

Building REDD+ Expertise to Address Climate Change Challenges

Nairobi, 20 August 2014 - While significant efforts are underway to better understand the role that forests play in climate change, the field of study remains relatively new. This is especially true when considering the complex policy, governance and technical requirements associated with managing climate change mitigation services provided by forests. 


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. 

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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. 

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