Events Archive

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

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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. 

Myanmar Climate Change Policy and Strategy Formulation Process Embarked

Government of Myanmar has kick-started the process of formulating its National Climate Change Policy and National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plans through the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) with technical support from UNEP and UN-Habitat. The EU-funded programme has set an ambitious goal of moving the process forward quickly for Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry to present main elements of the policy and strategy at COP21 in Paris as the country’s effort to tackle climate change. The policy and strategy are expected to be aligned with the existing frameworks, policies, strategies and programmes related not only to climate change but also to broad national development agenda including National Comprehensive Development Plan and National Sustainable Development Strategy. Participants at the first formulation workshop on 7-8 April in Nay Pyi Taw repeatedly emphasized that the formulation process must go hand-in-hand with Myanmar’s INDC process.

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.


DECEMBER 2013

The First Training Workshop for National Designated Entities under the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), 11-13 December 2013, Cha-Am, Thailand

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)  was created by  Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention to promote  accelerated, diversified and scaled-up transfer of environmentally sound technologies in developing countries for climate change mitigation and adaptation. UNEP was chosen to host the CTCN, together with UNIDO, with the support of 11 partner institutions. Countries have been requested to nominate a National Designated Entity (NDE) which will play a critical role in ensuring that requests for assistance submitted to the CTCN reflect national socio-economic and sustainable development priorities, as well as engaging ministries, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders. The workshop will be an occasion to share perspectives and initiate a dialogue on the tasks that NDEs must perform to ensure effective engagement with the CTCN.

NOVEMBER 2013

Rice for Tomorrow, Symposium and Third Annual Plenary Meeting of the Sustainable Rice Platform

Governments, researchers, non-government organizations and the private sector will convene on 25-26 November 2013 at Pullman King Power Hotel in Bangkok to develop and test sustainability guidelines, standards and outreach models for sustainable rice production and processing. This meeting is organized by UNEP and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) of the Philippines and co-hosted by Thailand’s Rice Department and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The Sustainable Rice Platform is a new multi-stakeholder partnership, aiming to promote resource efficiency and adoption of sustainable best practice both on-farm and throughout the value chain.

For more information, visit: http://www.sustainablerice.org/SRP-Meeting.html

Bridging the Knowledge and the Science to Policy Gaps, Regional Scoping Meeting

This scoping meeting is organized by UNEP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea and the Korean Environment Institute and will be held in Bangkok on 28-29 November 2013. National Governments in Asia-Pacific, regional and sub-regional organizations, and development assistance agencies are invited to identify underlying causes and possible solutions building on ongoing environmental monitoring and reporting programmes. The meeting will also look at data/information management initiatives such as UNEP-Live – a web-based platform developed by UNEP with potential for supporting environmental data/information management and assessment activities from national to global scales.

The 15th Meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), 22 November 2013, Bangkok

This meeting will be organized back to back with the Second Network Workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN). With an informal membership open to any interested entity, representatives from governmental enforcement agencies, private sector, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations are invited to attend the meeting to discuss current work, future initiatives and emerging ideas.

This meeting will focus on enforcement tools developed by the ARPEC partners and programme updates of the partners, and discuss future cooperation and collaboration.

Regional SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component policy networking event and Technical Advisory Committee meeting, 5-6 November 2013, Bangkok

The Regional SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component (PSC) policy networking event and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will take place from 5-6 November in the Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok Thailand. The SWITCH-Asia PSC Steering Committee depends on the technical advice of the TAC comprising partner UN agencies (ESCAP, UNIDO, UNDESA etc.), members of the AP group of experts on SCP, including the private sector and SCP-related academia and experts. The objective of the TAC meeting is to share information on the 2013 activities of the SWITCH Asia PSC sub regional activities and to refine proposals and priorities for 2014 activities.

Policy-Industry Dialogue, 6 November 2013, Bangkok

UNEP with the Thai Federation for Industry will be holding a one day "Policy-Industry Dialogue" on 6 November 2013 at the Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok with a vision that this serves as a continuous forum on the topic of "Financing Sustainable Consumption and Production". This event would link policy makers with private sector representatives from the region and would be a first step in responding to requests during the 2012 TAC meeting on activities relating to greening finance. First Asia Pacific Meeting of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable

Consumption and Production (10YFP), 7-8 November 2013, Bangkok

Organized by UNEP as 10YFP Secretariat, the “First Asia Pacific Meeting of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)” will be held on 7-8 November 2013, at the Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting aims to provide a global and regional overview on SCP and the 10YFP by sharing progress on SCP initiatives, policies and activities, and by identifying synergies and areas of cooperation under the 10YFP. The meeting will bring together 10YFP National and Stakeholder Focal Points, SWITCH Asia focal points, Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) board members, as well as other government officials, regional and international institutions, civil society, and business representatives.

The Joint meeting of ENFORCE, REN and Asian Network for Prevention and Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous and other Wastes (Asian NT), 19 November 2013, Bangkok

The Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE), a new network of relevant entities and experts set up by a decision by the 11th Conference of Parties of Basel Convention, Asian NT and the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste, decide to convene a joint meeting in Bangkok on 19 November 2013. The meeting aims to promote cooperation and synergies to tackle transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes, a first step for ENFORCE to cooperate with the regional networks in Asia that are active in preventing and controlling illegal transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes.

The Second Network Workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN), 20-21 November 2013, Bangkok

This second annual meeting of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN) brings together customs and environmental authorities from 25 REN participating countries and partner organizations. The meeting aims to update participants on activities and achievements of REN, discuss cooperation and collaboration with participating countries and relevant partner organizations, and identify country needs for capacity building as well as the REN work plan and next steps.

The Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN) is a project financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and implemented by UNEP in 25 countries in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The 15th Meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), 22 November 2013, Bangkok

This meeting will be organized back to back with the Second Network Workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN). With an informal membership open to any interested entity, representatives from governmental enforcement agencies, private sector, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations are invited to attend the meeting to discuss current work, future initiatives and emerging ideas.

This meeting will focus on enforcement tools developed by the ARPEC partners and programme updates of the partners, and discuss future cooperation and collaboration.

Bridging the Knowledge and the Science to Policy Gaps, Regional Scoping Meeting

This scoping meeting is organized by UNEP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea and the Korean Environment Institute and will be held in Bangkok on 28-29 November 2013. National Governments in Asia-Pacific, regional and sub-regional organizations, and development assistance agencies are invited to identify underlying causes and possible solutions building on ongoing environmental monitoring and reporting programmes. The meeting will also look at data/information management initiatives such as UNEP-Live – a web-based platform developed by UNEP with potential for supporting environmental data/information management and assessment activities from national to global scales.

OCTOBER 2013

Regional Training of Trainers on Ecosystem Management in Water Resources, 27 September-2 October 2013, Andong City, Republic of Korea

UNEP, in partnership with Andong City, Korea Water Forum and Ministry of Environment Korea, will organize this 5-day regional training of trainers to enable water resources and river basin managers and planners in the region to move from concept of ecosystem management in water resources to on-the-ground implementation with the assistance of a training manual on Ecosystem Management: Concept to Local Scale Implementationdeveloped jointly by UNEP and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in 2012. Upon completion of the course, over 20 participants from the region will be equipped to assess the importance of ecosystems for their basins, determine the sensitivities, state and current trends of their key ecosystems, decide on changes water managers should implement to maintain ecosystem functions, and incorporate ecosystems in their water management plans. 

First high-level meeting to move beyond GDP in Asia, 8-10 October 2013, UNCC, Bangkok

Large populations depend highly on natural resources. Growing population increases pressure on land and water and pose threat to our natural resources. While Asian countries have enormous range of biodiversity and natural wealth, the real value of their natural capital is not taken into consideration by traditional government accounting systems.  On the 8-10 of October, over 80 statisticians, economists, ecologists and senior policy makers across Asia will take part in a conference to discuss steps to integrate the value of natural capital in governments accounting systems. During this pioneering meeting experts will discuss necessary actions to establish comprehensive wealth accounting systems that go beyond current Systems of National Accounts, in use since 1950.

Regional Pre-COP19 Workshop for SEAN-CC Members, 10-11 October 2013, Bangkok

Representatives from ten ASEAN countries are getting together in Bangkok, Thailand on 10-11 October 2013 to attend the Regional Pre-19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP19) Workshop organised by the Southeast Asian Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC). The Workshop aims to provide the technical inputs to support the countries in preparing for the annual international climate negotiation meeting in Warsaw in November during the COP19. The workshop will cover a range of key negotiation topics, including issues under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), Climate Finance, Loss & Damage, and Framework for Various Approaches. This event will also be an opportunity for Southeast Asian negotiators to clarify and discuss some of the key topics before reconvening at COP19. 

Seminar on Resource Efficiency and the Decoupling Approach, October 15-16, 2013, Siem Reap

Preceding the 6th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme, the Seminar on Resource Efficiency and the Decoupling Approach is organised under the leadership of UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP). The Seminar aims at engaging policy-makers from ASEAN Member states and the 3 ASEAN dialogue partner countries – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, to the challenges facing resource use, economic growth and environment sustainability and committed to finding a new pathway to overcome the dilemma including resource efficiency, decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and other innovative technological and systemic changes. More specifically, IRP scientists and experts will present best science available and up to-date information on policy and technology opportunities for decoupling; global metal flows: stocks, environmental impacts and recycling technologies; and regional material flows and enhancement of resource productivity.  The event is made possible with the support from the European Commission.

6th ASEAN plus three Leadership Programme on SCP, 15-18 October 2013, Siem Reap

The 6th ASEAN plus Three Leadership Programme on Sustainable Production and Consumption will be held back to back with the Seminar on Resource Efficiency and the Decoupling Approach in Angkor Era Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia from 15-18 October 2013. The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-AS), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the ASEAN Secretariat, and the ASEAN Environment Ministries, together with partner organisations, have over the past six years collaborated in the offering of the Leadership Programmes on Sustainable Production and Consumption for members of ASEAN-Plus-Three (ASEAN+3) under the framework of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP) 2008-2012. One of the strategic actions of the plan is on capacity building which prioritises the leadership and governance of organisations in addressing the pressing sustainability programmes of the region.  The event is made possible with the support from the European Commission.

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Regional Symposium - Exploring ecosystems approach to fisheries management and the management of by-catch, 28-30 October 2013, Kochi, India

In light of the concerns for coastal fisheries, due to habitat destruction and over exploitation of fisheries, this regional expert meeting will explore ecosystems based approaches to management and conservation of fisheries and marine biodiversity in the Asia Region. About 35 participants will attend the symposium which aims to draw out experiences from Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Member and Outreach countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Seychelles, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines to share lessons and practical solutions for tackling these complex issues.

UNEP, FAO, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) are also expected to attend.

For more information, visit: http://www.mangrovesforthefuture.org/news-and-media/events/asia-region/2013/regional-fisheries-symposium/

SEPTEMBER 2013

3rd Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health, 9-10 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur

The Third Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries is scheduled from 9-10 September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting will review the draft Chair and Vice-Chair Report on governance, partnerships and impacts of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health as well as a sustainable financial mechanism in line with the Jeju Declaration. The meeting is hosted by the Government of Malaysia. The expected participants will be from the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health of the 14 Southeast and East Asian member countries including relevant international organizations.

8th Regional Network Meeting of SEAN-CC, 12-13 September 2013, Bangkok

The 8th Regional Meeting of the Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC) will take place from 12-13 September 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand with representatives from the ten ASEAN national climate change offices.  The meeting provides a platform for participants to share knowledge, update each other on national climate policies, agree on the upcoming work plan and discuss the strategic directions for the network in the longer term. This would in turn further foster South-South collaboration and enhance the implementation of climate policies at the national level.

10th Regional Steering Committee (RSC–10) Meeting of Mangroves for the Future, 11-14 September 2013, Hoi An, Viet Nam

The Regional Steering Committee (RSC-10) meeting is an important annual event attended by Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Regional Steering Committee members, including UNEP, to discuss MFF programme updates and MFF plans for the following year. During the RSC-10, members will discuss new directions for the MFF in 2014-2018. The tentative will discuss a Learning Event that will introduce global and regional perspectives of the "Resilience Approach", and how this approach is used by MFF, a "Visioning workshop" to discuss MFF's strategy addressing ocean-wide governance, new levels of knowledge management, national capacity development, private sector engagement, and a sustainable financing plan beyond donor funding.

Central Asia Youth Environment Network Meeting, 15-18 September 2013, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The Central Asia Youth Environment Network Meeting Secretariat is organizing a national youth meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to strengthen the Tunza youth network in the country. The meeting will gather 25 youth from Turkmenistan  to foster cooperation, exchange and discussion among them and strengthen the capacity of these young leaders on themes and issues related to Post Rio+20 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The conference provides a forum for dialogue and exchange among the participants on actions and activities they undertake in their country.

Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting, 17-18 September 2013, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting being organized by UNEP, ADB, Satogoeri Project and Ecomom Korea will focus on looking at ways to realize the aspirations of the Rio+20 Outcome Document. During the meeting, participants will discuss mechanisms and ways to better engage with Major Groups and Stakeholder in the formulation and implementation of the global environmental agenda, their participation in global and regional foras and in decision-making processes. Furthermore, a more general discussion UN Post 2015 Development Agenda, SDGs and environmental sustainability will be discussed. The meeting will result in a regional message/statement that can be fed into the 2014 GMGSF and the UN Environment Assembly.

Central Asia Youth Environment Network Meeting, 22-25 September 2013, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Central Asia Youth Environment Network Meeting Secretariat is organizing a national youth meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to strengthen the Tunza youth network in the country. The meeting will gather 25 youth from Uzbekistan  to foster cooperation, exchange and discussion among them and strengthen the capacity of these young leaders on themes and issues related to Post Rio+20 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The conference provides a forum for dialogue and exchange among the participants on actions and activities they undertake in their country.

Technical Workshop on the Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia, 24 - 25 September 2013, Beijing

Under the SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component (PSC), UNEP, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) and the Asia Pacific Roundtable on SCP will convene a technical workshop on Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia, targeting policy makers and practitioners in Asia. The workshop will build on the extensive work on SCP, Green Growth and Green Economy indicators that has been done in many countries in the region and will link activities in Asia to global efforts on Indicators through the work of the 10YFP on SCP and the Green Economy.

Regional Training of Trainers on Ecosystem Management in Water Resources, 27 September-2 October 2013, Andong City, Republic of Korea

UNEP, in partnership with Andong City, Korea Water Forum and Ministry of Environment Korea, will organize this 5-day regional training of trainers to enable water resources and river basin managers and planners in the region to move from concept of ecosystem management in water resources to on-the-ground implementation with the assistance of a training manual on Ecosystem Management: Concept to Local Scale Implementationdeveloped jointly by UNEP and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in 2012. Upon completion of the course, over 20 participants from the region will be equipped to assess the importance of ecosystems for their basins, determine the sensitivities, state and current trends of their key ecosystems, decide on changes water managers should implement to maintain ecosystem functions, and incorporate ecosystems in their water management plans. 

JUNE 2013

Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG-33)

The 33rd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG-33) will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from 24 to 28 June 2013. The OEWG is where officials of the 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol meet annually before the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), to discuss the agenda of the MOP and to recommend decisions. Following the OEWG is the conference “Advancing Ozone and Climate Protection Technologies: Next Steps” from 29 to 30 June organized by UNEP, UNDP, US Government, European Commission, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

For more information, visit: www.ozone.unep.org / www.bangkoktechconference.org

SEAN-CC Regional Training Workshop: Building Capacity on Access to Funds for Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives

In collaboration with the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network and its partners, the Southeast Asian Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC) is organizing a Regional Training Workshop on Accessing Adaptation Finance in Bangkok, Thailand on 24-26 June 2013. Almost 30 representatives from SEAN-CC member countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will be participating . The workshop is designed to offer a combination of expertise delivery, a platform for knowledge-sharing and practical proposal writing exercise with climate finance experts. Over the four sessions of the training, participants will receive insights on current climate finance landscape as well as have the opportunity to strengthen network linkages, build on one another’s experiences, and share good practices.

For more information:  www.sean-cc.org

Workshop on Policies for Sustainable Consumption in Asia, 20-21 June 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal

Under the SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component, UNEP, the Nepalese Government and the Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production will convene a two-day workshop focusing on sustainable consumption policies in the region. As a platform for dialogue, participants, mainly policy makers and practitioners, will discuss: (a) the progress of mainstreaming sustainable consumption policies; (b) economic and development tools; and (c) poverty alleviation strategies in their respective countries. The workshop aims to explore current and more progressive options available to steer consumption towards development that enables communities to aspire for a better life with shared social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

14th Meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), 13-14 June 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

Held since 2005, the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC) is an informal and unique forum made up of  enforcement agencies, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and private sector who come together twice yearly to discuss a range of issues, initiatives and ideas on environmental crime. The 14th the ARPEC meeting will be hosted by an NGO for the first time. Freeland Foundation has been instrumental in reducing incidents of wildlife crime in Asia and plays a vital role in supporting enforcement agencies. Thematic areas will include public awareness and role of the media. UNEP ROAP is the informal secretariat of ARPEC.

MAY 2013

Regional Consultation on Post Rio+20 South Asia Development Agenda, 30 May 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal

This consultation workshop is organized back to back with the South Asian Environment Outlook – 2013 consultation meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal on 30 May 2013. During this event, the draft South Asia Position Paper on post Rio +20 will be reviewed and comments and inputs will be collected to improve the final version of the paper. Government officials from the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries as well as from the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) and other relevant agencies are attending this workshop.

SAARC to review the draft SAEO Report 2013, 28-29 May, Kathmandu, Nepal

About 35 officials representing member countries from the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will participate in a Regional Consultation Workshop on the Draft South Asia Environment Outlook (SAEO) in Kathmandu, Nepal on 28-29 May 2013. The SAARC Secretariat, South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP), other sub-regional organizations, collaborating centers, scientific and academic institutions, civil society and other stakeholders, involved in environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting are also expected to attend this workshop.

The draft South Asia Environment Outlook (SAEO) report will be reviewed during this event. Data and information gaps and sources will be identified and next steps will be decided to ensure completion of the report.

UNEP-SBCI 2013 Annual Meeting and Symposium, 14-15 May, Changsha, China

UNEP's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) will hold its Annual Meeting and Symposium in Changsha, China, with BROAD Group.  The Symposium gathers UNEP-SBCI partners and collaborators to review the SCBI’S 2012-13 activities and discuss the 2013-2014 work programme. It is also an opportunity for partners to engage concretely with UNEP-SBCI by participating in working groups and committees.

The Symposium will focus on technical and policy developments at the international level and in the region. Tools and strategies, including efforts to green the building sector supply chain, and a discussion on the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme in the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production are among highlights of the Symposium.  In addition, a panel of national policy makers will discuss new opportunities for climate mitigation actions in the building sector.  The symposium is open to the public, and attracts policy-makers, industry representatives, international agencies, NGOs and research institutions.  To learn more, please visit the event registration site here.

APRIL 2013

Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to strengthen borders against ozone-depleting substances, 22 to 24 April 2013

Public officers  representing the four States  in the  FSM are attending a workshop on the  national  obligations to  the  Montreal Protocol for the  phase out of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and in particular hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).  This training will be delivered with assistance from UNEP OzonAction and Oceania Customs Organisation. To comply with the mandates of the Montreal Protocol, this training will provide the skills to effectively control HCFCs. Using a train-the-trainer approach and considering the high cost of inter-state travels, this training will be replicated in each of the four States. The FSM as a Small Island Developing State has demonstrated leadership in the implementation of the MP. At the 24th Meeting of the Parties, FSM  proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an approach also supported at the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

For more information, contact Ms. Artie Dubrie, Regional Network Coordinator of UNEP OzonAction Asia Pacific: artie.dubrie@unep.org.

MARCH 2013

Mapping and Enhancing Natural Resource Governance in Small Island Communities, Inception Workshop, 4-5 March, Bangkok, Thailand

The national governance framework for management of natural resources on small islands is the focus of this inception workshop that will officially launch the project.  The workshop will bring together project partners from the Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand to discuss the details of the project implementation and identify the scope of the key project outputs. The inception workshop will take place in Bangkok, 4-5 March 2013.

Protecting Marine Ecosystems in MFF Countries Using the Green Fins Approach, Inception Workshop, 11-15 March 2013, Puerto Galera, Philippines

A Green Fins Approach inception workshop will be organized in Puerto Galera, Philippines from 11 to 15 March 2013 for project partners from Maldives and Viet Nam. Besides discussing the project, participants will be able to see first-hand how Green Fins works on the ground in the Philippines and identify lessons on how they can apply the Green Fins Approach in their countries. Initiated in 2004 by the East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit and supported by UNEP, the Green Fins project encourages dive and resort operators as well as divers themselves, to adopt eco-friendly practices during their exploration of coral reefs. Green Fins is currently active in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

Coordinating Body of the Seas of East Asia Intergovernmental Meeting, 26 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

The 21st Intergovernmental meeting of Coordinating Body of the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) is scheduled for 26 March 2013, in Bangkok. During the meeting, Member States representatives will have an opportunity to discuss and make final decisions on COBSEA’s future and sustainability. The report “COBSEA – Sustainability Options” prepared by UNEP will be presented at the meeting as a basis for discussions and decision-making.

FEBRUARY 2013

Asia-Pacific countries visit Holcim Indonesia Destruction Facility for Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS), 18 to 20 February, Indonesia

Sixteen officers representing industry and governments from Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Timor Leste will be undertaking a study tour of the Holcim ODS Destruction Facility in Jakarta. The study tour, facilitated by the UNEP Compliance Action Programme in Asia Pacific. is aimed at addressing concerns over the management and safe disposal of ozone depleting chemicals that are slowly leaking into the atmosphere and contributing to ozone depletion and climate change. Through this visit, participants aim to learn about modifications in the facility and from Indonesia’s experience in policy and best practices in Public-Private Partnership.

Regional Media Workshop on Ozone-Climate Linkages, 20-22 February, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

TV producers and directors from Asia-Pacific region will participate in a media workshop organized by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development and the UNEP Asia Pacific Compliance Assistance Programme .The workshop will deepen the understanding of Asian media on the science behind ozone depletion and climate change interlinkages and impact to society. It will also encourage the media to take a proactive interest on these issues and help in contributing solutions by educating industry and the public.

National Media Workshop Enforcement Workshop on Montreal Protocol and National Media Workshop, 27 February-4 March, Male, Maldives

The Ministry of Environment and Energy of Maldives with assistance from the UNEP Compliance Assistance Programme Asia Pacific are conducting two workshops in Male on the Montreal Protocol under their HCFC Phase-out Management Plan. Maldives targets to phase-out ozone-damaging HCFCs, mostly used in their refrigeration and air-conditioning industry, 10 years ahead of their commitment under the Montreal Protocol, in support of the government’s policy of carbon neutrality. The two-day media workshop for journalists aims to enhance media understanding on how ozone and climate affects Maldives. This will be followed by a three-day Enforcement Workshop on the Montreal Protocol, focusing on the enforcement of HCFCs import quota system, national integrated ozone depleting substances monitoring system and combating illegal trade of these chemicals.

 

JANUARY 2011

 

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.Meeting documents

 

FEBRUARY 2011

 

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.

 

MARCH 2011

 

Capacity Building Workshop on “Transition towards Resource Efficiency and a Green Economy”, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, 3 March 2011

 

UNEP and the Mongolian Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism (MNET) will jointly organize a small group capacity building workshop on transition towards resource efficiency and a green economy on 3 March 2011 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This is aimed at awareness raising and capacity building to support MNET's plan to develop a national roadmap for transition toward resource efficiency and a green economy. UNEP will also work with MNET to define the scope and the elements of the national roadmap for resource efficiency, Sustainable production and consumption and a green economy.

 

Workshop on Law to Promote Resource Efficiency, Sustainable Consumption and Production and Green Economy, Hanoi, Vietnam, 4 March 2011

 

UNEP and the Vietnam Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) will jointly organize a workshop on Law to promote resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production and green economy on 4 March 2011 2011, Hanoi, Vietnam, with funding from Hanns Siedel Foundation. This is an inception workshop to launch a project in Vietnam to support the plan of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to develop a national legal framework for promoting resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production and a green economy.

 

MAY 2011 

 

UN Country Teams in Pacific Meet to Discuss Strategic Programme Framework for Pacific Islands, Nadi, Fiji, 2-4 May   

 

UN Country teams in the Pacific will hold a regional workshop from 2-4 May in Nadi, Fiji to discuss a regional strategic programme framework that meets the priorities of Pacific Islands States. During the meeting, UN country teams will look at ways to address specific and unique challenges facing the region, which include climate change, threat of loss of biodiversity, coastal degradation, waste management and transportation as well as population pressure and labour migration. Participants will work towards developing a UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Pacific. UNEP representatives will provide technical assistance on environmental priorities.

The UNDAFs are 5-year strategic programme frameworks for UN country teams and represent the UN's collective response to priorities in national development frameworks. These frameworks and their outcomes indicate where the UN Teams can contribute their expertise in prioritized fields for the achievement of MDG-related national priorities of the countries.

 

Network Meeting of Pacific Island Countries Ozone Depleting Substances Officers, Coral Coast, Fiji, 23-25 May 2011  

 

This is an annual meeting for National Ozone Officers from Pacific Island Countries to exchange experience and ideas for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and get updates on new development in other regions as well. This year, the meeting would focus on the implementation of the HCFC Phaseout Management Plan (HPMP) at the national and regional level to enable countries in PIC to be in compliance with the 2013, 2015 and 2020 control targets under the Montreal Protocol.

 

Second meeting of the Programme Steering Committee for Capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries, Brussels, Belgium, May 3-5 2011

 

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will represent the Pacific Islands States at this upcoming meeting to strengthen capacity building on the mainstreaming of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) in their region. Fulfilling their obligations as signatories to these agreements pose significant challenges for many developing countries and especially Small Island Developing States worldwide severely impacting their abilities to adequately address the issues of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability. In order to address this pressing issue, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined forces with the European Commission (EC) and the ACP Secretariat and several other partners to enhance the capacity of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries to implement MEAs. 

 

Network Meeting of Pacific Island Countries Ozone Depleting Substances Officers, Coral Coast, Fiji, 23-25 May 2011

 

This is an annual meeting for National Ozone Officers from Pacific Island Countries to exchange experience and ideas for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and get updates on new development in other regions as well. This year, the meeting would focus on the implementation of the HCFC Phaseout Management Plan (HPMP) at the national and regional level to enable countries in PIC to be in compliance with the 2013, 2015 and 2020 control targets under the Montreal Protocol.

 

Green Customs Workshop for PICs customs officers, Coral Coast, Fiji, 23-25 May 2011

 

In parallel with the network meeting of PIC ozone officers, UNEP with other partners, such as WCO, and MEAs Secretariats is organizing the Green Customs Officers Workshop. The workshop will provide the opportunity to raise awareness and provide some detailed training as appropriate and also to promote more active communication and information exchange to assist these countries in their enforcement efforts of MEAs. This will be the first sub-regional Green Customs Initiative (GCI) workshop for PIC countries.

 

Joint Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs Officers, Coral Coast, Fiji, 26-27 May 2011 

 

The Joint Meeting is being organized back-to-back with the PIC network meeting of Ozone Officers and the Green Customs Workshop. The workshop is to discuss the trade control of ozone depleting substances (ODS) through the licensing and quota system, and strengthen the cooperation between the Ozone office and Customs office at the national level. It would aimed to promote the regional cooperation in combating illegal trade in ODS.   

 

High-Level Meeting on Policy, Fiscal and Legal Reform Towards Resource Efficiency and A Green Economy, Bangkok, Thailand,  May 2011, (TBC)

 

To support the ASEAN countries' efforts to a transition to resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and a green economy, UNEP will organize a high-level meeting on policy, fiscal and legal reform towards resource efficiency and a green economy in May, in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants will be informed of UNEP's Green Economy Report released in February 2011, and will be updated on trends and best practices of policy, fiscal and legal mechanisms for promoting resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production and a green economy.

 

Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow

 

Exhibition of non HCFC based low- and zero-GWP, energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies available or in the pipeline in the market by leading companies and institutions in tourism, fisheries, cold storages and transportation sector from around the world.   

 

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August 2011

 

Meeting of Experts on Marine Biodiversity and Eutrophication

 

The Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Centre (NPEC) organized a meeting on biodiversity and eutrophication on 4-5 August 2011 in Toyama, Japan. Experts at the meeting were from NOWPAP member countries (China, Japan, Korea and Russia), international organizations such as Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States. The two-day meeting was devoted to discussions on current and future activities for the Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC) of NOWPAP. The suggested activities will be presented to the Focal Points Meeting of CEARAC scheduled on 6-7 September in Toyama for adoption and to the 16th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting later this year for final approval.

 

NOWPAP at the Meeting on Sustainable Ocean Initiative

 

NOWPAP representatives attended the meeting on Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) held on 2-4 August 2011 in Kanazawa, Japan. Jointly organized by the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity and the United Nations University (Institute of Advanced Studies) with the support of the Government of Japan, the meeting discussed the long term vision, goals and approaches for the development of the SOI in order to contribute to the realization of Aichi Targets 6 and 11 adopted by CBD COP 10 October 2010 in Nagoya focusing on sustainable fishery and the marine protected areas.

 

School students visited RCU Toyama office

 

20 students from Toyama middle and high schools visited RCU Toyama office on 1 August 2011 and a presentation on NOWPAP and its activities was given to the students.

 

September 2011

 

The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award 2011

 

Deadline: 2 September 2011

The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award is a competition to encourage the art of documentary filmmaking in the region as a platform to engage with pressing social and environmental issues. The 2011 competition invites students aged 18 – 28 in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to submit a portfolio of their work and a motivational essay on making a film under the theme “Tree{s} of Life: Seeds of Change”. Deadline for submission is on 2 September 2011.

 

Three regional winners will receive a cash prize of US$ 500 each and the first place winner receives a grant of up to US$ 5,000 to produce a feature length documentary. For more information, visit: http://www.goethe.de/sciencefilmfestival

 

GEO-5 Production and Authors’ Meeting, Bangkok, 5-8 September 2011

 

The second GEO-5 Production and Authors’ Meeting will be held in Bangkok on 5-8 September 2011. Authors and experts who contributed to the development of the first draft of the GEO-5 will gather to: (a) discuss the outcomes of the review process and address issues pertaining to the data, indicators and gaps; (b) develop the second draft of GEO-5; (c) finalize GEO-5 key messages, agree on the scope and production process to be included in the Summary for Policy Makers; and (d) review necessary action in harmonizing the chapters and plan for the next steps.

 

Following the second GEO-5 Production and Authors’ Meeting, there will be a back-to-back GEO-5 Asia Pacific Authors’ Meeting to be held on 9 September 2011. The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors of Asia Pacific Chapter will complete the 2nd draft of Asia Pacific Chapter incorporating the comments received on the 1st draft and new research findings.

 

9th Focal Points Meeting of NOWPAP CEARAC, Toyama, Japan, 6-7 September 2011

 

The Special Monitoring and Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC) of NOWPAP will convene its 9th Focal Points Meeting on 6-7 September 2011 in Toyama, Japan.  This annual meeting will discuss and adopt CEARAC work plan and budget for 2012-2013 that will be submitted to the 16th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting for final approval. For more information, visit: www.nowpap.org

 

Regional Workshop on Institutionalising Poverty, Environment and Climate mainstreaming within the government and the United Nations, Hua Hin, Thailand, 14-16 September 2011

Can poverty be reduced and the environment better managed – at the same time?   How can poor women and men be made more secure from climate change?   Governments in the region have been working on these issues for over five years through the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI).

 

Over 50 senior government representatives and development partners from Asia Pacific including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines, Lao PDR and Thailand will review experiences and lessons learned among countries. The meeting will be co-hosted by the UN with the government of Thailand in the town of Hua Hin.   For more information, visit: www.unpei.org

 

NOWPAP Marine Litter Workshop and International Coastal Cleanup, Lianyungang, China, 20-21 September 2011

 

 Implementing the NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter, China is going to organize the marine litter workshop and International Coastal Cleanup campaign in Lianyungang on 20-21 September 2011.  Representatives from NOWPAP member states and partner organizations will share information on marine litter management with participants from central and local governmental agencies, relevant institutions and NGOs in China.   For more information, visit: www.nowpap.org

 

NOWPAP 2011 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaign

 

On 20-21 September 2011, NOWPAP conducted its annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaign and workshop on marine litter prevention and control in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, as part of the implementation of the NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI). The events were organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, Jiangsu Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau, Lianyungang Municipal Government and NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU). The workshop was attended by representatives of NOWPAP member states (including NOWPAP marine litter focal points and ICC coordinators), NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres (RACs), Ocean Conservancy as well as local citizens, experts and NGOs.

The workshop was focused on discussing and sharing information on government measures on the marine litter prevention and control, public participation and private sector involvement. Participants agreed that efforts on addressing marine litter, including exchange of information, best practices and further promotion of ICC, should be continued in the region.

 

In conjunction with the ICC campaign, a working meeting was held on 20 September 2011 to discuss the NOWPAP RAP MALI work plan and budget for 2012-2013 which will be presented to the 16th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting for approval at the end of this year.

 

After the workshop, a beach cleanup was organized where the workshop participants jointed 200 local volunteers and collected 75 kg of marine litter which was sorted and recorded in ICC data card provided by Ocean Conservancy. The most abundant items found on the beach were cigarette butts, cups and lids.

 

The events were financially supported by China, Japan and UNEP. Next NOWPAP ICC campaign will be organized in Russia in 2012.

 

9th CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

 

The 9th Focal Points Meeting of the Special Monitoring and Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activity Centre of NOWPAP was held on 6-7 September 2011 in Toyama, Japan. The meeting has reviewed the progress of the current activities and steps to be taken in order to finalize the projects till the end of 2011:

• Compiling an integrated report on harmful algal blooms (HAB) for the NOWPAP region;

• Compiling an integrated report on ocean remote sensing for the NOWPAP region - towards assessment of marine and coastal environment;

• Compiling an integrated report on eutrophication assessment in the selected sea areas including evaluation of land-based sources of nutrients in the NOWPAP region.

Meeting participants agreed on the refinement of the common procedures for eutrophication assessment and discussed also new activities on marine biodiversity conservation focusing on selection of ecologically and biologically significant areas and the assessment of existing marine protected areas. These new activities will be included in the CEARAC workplan for 2012-2013, to be approved at the 16th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting in December 2011.

 

NOWPAP at the 16th Senior Officials Meeting of NEASPEC

 

NOWPAP coordinator attended the 16th Senior Officials Meeting of the Northeast Asia Sub-regional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) on 1-2 September 2011 in Seoul.

As a one of the important regional cooperation mechanisms, NEASPEC has initiated and implemented several projects on nature conservation, trans-boundary air pollution, dust and sandstorms and eco-efficiency.

 

Among the new proposals discussed at the meeting, NOWPAP is interested in contributing in the future to the “Strengthening Sub-regional Cooperation to Address Environmental Challenges Related to Trans-boundary Marine Pollution” which will be further elaborated at an expert consultation meeting next year.

 

October 2011

 

NOWPAP hosted Global Meeting of Regional Seas

 

On 3-5 October 2011, the 13th Global Meeting of Regional Seas was held in Busan, Republic of Korea, hosted by NOWPAP. Representatives of 10 Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (from as far away as SE Pacific, Caribbean, NE Atlantic and Baltic Sea), UNEP Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Branch and GPA (Global Programme of Action for the Protection of Marine Environment from Land-based Activities) Coordinating Office participated in the meeting. The major issues discussed were as follows:

 

- Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting (IGR-3) of the GPA;

- Regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of marine environment, including socio-economic aspects;

- United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20);

- Updates from the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans.

 

Meeting participants have prepared a joint statement to be brought to the IGR-3 in Manila in January 2012 as well as their participation in the associated Global Conference on Land-Oceans Connections to be held back-to-back with the IGR-3. Possibility to organize Regional Seas (RS) side event at the Rio+20 Conference was also considered as well as other forms of contribution. The last day was devoted to the discussions on current activities (including close cooperation among individual RS programmes) and future developments of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans.

 

The next Global Meeting of Regional Seas in 2012 and 2013 will be hosted respectively by the Mediterranean Action Plan and the Caribbean Environment Programme.

 

Asia Pacific Major Groups and Stakeholders meet to discuss Rio+20, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 17-18 October 2011

 

‘The Road to Rio 2012: Charting Our Path’, organized by UNEP with the Asian Development Bank, is the theme of the Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) Asia Pacific Meeting, which will take place 17-18 October, 2011, in Seoul, Korea. The regional consultation will feed into the Rio+20 preparatory processes and is an opportunity for major groups and stakeholders to contribute to the development of final outcomes at the Rio+20 Summit. The MGS Meeting will take place back-to-back with the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, on 19-20 October 2011. 

 

For more information:  http://www.unescap.org/esd/index.asp

 

 29 countries to meet for ozone talks in Pokhara, Nepal, 17-19 October 2011

From 17 to 19 October, 29 governments of South Asia (SA) and Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAP) will convene in Pokhara, Nepal for the Joint Meeting of SA and SEAP of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) Officers. This event, organized by UNEP-ROAP under its Compliance Assistance Programme, provides a venue where ODS officers discuss policy, strategy, and progress of action plans to enable countries in the region comply with obligations to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. An important issue to be discussed is the implementation of the HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs), including the recent approval of a USD265 million worth of technical and financial assistance for China for their HPMP.

 

Following this meeting, UNEP will conduct a two-day workshop on HCFC Phaseout and its climate and energy use linkages from 20 to 21 October, also in Kathmandu. 

 

Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2011, Bangkok, 27-28 October 2011

 

The Adaptation Forum provides a unique opportunity to share frontline findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming Climate Change adaptation into development in Asia and the Pacific Region. Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2011, which is second in its series, will be held on 27-28 October 2011, Bangkok, Thailand. Building on from Adaptation Forum 2010, the Forum this year aims to focus on “Adaptation in Action” signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies and policies to practices. The Forum will be attended by practitioners from different areas including policy-makers and practitioners on the ground. More than hundred panel members will be engaged in an interactive dialogue over two days with more than five hundred participants.

 

The Adaptation Forum provides a unique opportunity to share frontline findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming Climate Change adaptation into development in Asia and the Pacific Region. Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2011, which is second in its series, will be held on 27-28 October 2011, Bangkok, Thailand. Building on from Adaptation Forum 2010, the Forum this year aims to focus on “Adaptation in Action” signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies and policies to practices. The Forum will be attended by practitioners from different areas including policy-makers and practitioners on the ground. More than hundred panel members will be engaged in an interactive dialogue over two days with more than five hundred participants.

 

URL OR LINK: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum2011/

 

New UNEP/SIDA project combats illegal trade of hazardous chemicals and waste

 

Asia is a major destination for dumping of hazardous waste and also faces challenges of smuggling ozone depleting substances (ODS), e-waste and chemical waste. To address these challenges, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) recently agreed to support a three-year project Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN), which will be implemented by the UNEP OzonAction Programme in 25 countries in the region. Project REN aims to reduce unwanted transboundary movement of harmful substances and hazardous waste in Asia by preventing illegal trade and encouraging authorized trade.

 

For more information, contact:  http://www.unep.org/ozonaction

 

UNEP en.lighten initiative to hold  efficient lighting workshop during Singapore International Energy Week

 

The UNEP/GEF en.lighten initiative is conducting a workshop on 4 November 2011 entitled “The Global Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting in Southeast Asia,”  to be held in conjunction with Singapore International Energy Week.

 

The objective of the meeting is to assess opportunities for the transition to energy-efficient lighting for countries in the Southeast Asian region and to examine the economic and environmental benefits that such a shift would produce.  UNEP will also unveil a report that highlights the activities and challenges facing the lighting sector in Southeast Asia.

 

The meeting will serve to introduce the Global Efficient Lighting Partnership Program, which has been developed to encourage interested countries to participate in a coordinated effort to transition to efficient lighting as a key efficiency and climate mitigation measure.

 

For more information on the Workshop, please contact Laura Fuller at laura.fuller@unep.org

 

For more information on the en.lighten initiative, go to www.enlighten-initiative.org

 

DECEMBER 2010

 

 

APFED Showcase Panel Meeting, Dec 21-22

 

A panel of experts will meet in December to select between 10-12 innovative project proposals under the 2010 Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Showcase Programme. Selected projects will receive up to US$30,000 for their novel approaches to development. Since 2006, the APFED Showcase Programme has supported 46 projects that promote innovative approaches in policy implementation, technology application and social mobilisation towards achieving sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.