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30th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), 1-4 December 2015, Pattaya, Thailand

The 30th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will bring together ICRI members to discuss past and upcoming ICRI-related activities and adopt resolutions or recommendations to attract international attention to coral reefs and related ecosystems issues. The meeting is organized by the ICRI Secretariat and members including UNEP. Around 60 representatives from government, non-governmental organizations and international organizations are expected to participate in the meeting.

November 2015

Winter School on Sustainability BLISS 2015: Sustainable Development Goal 12 – 'Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns', 2-6 November 2015, New Delhi, India

The  Building  Learning  in  Sustainability  Science (BLISS) is a series of five-day  workshops  organized  by  TERI  University and supported by UNEP and  the  EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Regional Support Component to  train and prepare stakeholders for sustainable development challenges and instill sensitivity towards  people  and  the planet. The aim is to generate awareness and champion the cause of sustainability and sustainable development in the local and global context. BLISS 2015 focuses on interdisciplinary learning under the theme, ‘SDG 12 - Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns’ and includes online and face-to -face interactions with experts in the field. 

ASEAN and South Asia Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, 3 November 2015, New Delhi, India

UNEP and the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component are jointly organizing two subregional intergovernmental forums for ASEAN and the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) to discuss sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the context of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.  ASEAN delegates will discuss activities of the ASEAN Forum on SCP, which was established in 2014, while SACEP delegates will focus on a work plan for a South Asian Forum on SCP to be tabled at the SACEP Governing Council meeting in 2016.

Central Asia Climate Change Focal Points and Expert Network Meeting on New Climate Agreement and Opportunities for Central Asia, 5-6 November 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan

This meeting will prepare stakeholders in Central Asia for the UN Conference on Climate Change that will take place in Paris in December this year. During the meeting, climate change experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will review their countries’ role in the post-2015 climate framework. They will discuss ideas and suggestions, refine national positions and identify common regional areas for the future climate change agreement.

The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and existing mechanisms for technology transfer, capacity building and financing will also be reviewed. Experts from outside the region and international organizations will also attend and contribute to the discussion.

SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component 2015 Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, 6 November, New Delhi, India

The UNEP-managed and EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component will meet with SWITCH-Asia national focal points, partner UN agencies including the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and members of the Asia-Pacific Sustainable Consumption and Production expert group (including the private sector and academia) to review progress in 2015 and agree on the future work plan.

12th Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Mangroves for the Future, 10-15 November 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The 12th Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF), organized by the MFF Secretariat and member countries, will bring together representatives from MFF member countries, donors and development partners like UNEP 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 to tackle the growing challenges to coastal sustainability.

2nd INTERPOL–UNEP International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference, 16-17 November 2015, Singapore

The 2nd Interpol-UNEP Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference will take place on 16-17 November 2015 at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. The conference is being held against a backdrop of increased environmental crimes which are becoming more organized, involving criminal networks and linked to criminal and illicit activities. The conference will focus on the growing connection between environmental crimes and internationally agreed development goals by identifying strategies to better incorporate law enforcement in the supply chain monitoring of environmental products, promote collaboration between law enforcement and the public and private sectors, and curb demand for illegal products.

UNEP participates in UN70 celebrations in Thailand, 17-20 November, Bangkok, Thailand 

UNEP is participating in the joint UN celebration of the UN 70th anniversary and introduction of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals to the public in Bangkok, Thailand. The UN70 celebration, which is organized by the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Thailand, will feature an exhibition of the Sustainable Development Goals and UN agency work in the country, along with a range of interactive activities for the public.

Asia Pacific Clean Air Week, 23-27 November 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia Pacific Clean Air Week is organized by UNEP and partners to promote greater synergies among air pollution initiatives in Asia Pacific, such as the Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership (APCAP) Joint Forum which focuses on the control and prevention of air pollution, the East Asia Network on Acid Deposition, the Malé Declaration on Transboundary Air Pollution for South Asia, the Atmospheric Brown Cloud Science Team and the newly established APCAP Science Panel which provides a scientific basis to policy making to control air pollution. The week provides an opportunity for organizers of these initiatives to share information and develop a joint programme to tackle air pollution in the region, share progress on air pollution control and innovative practices, along with the development of an Asia Pacific report on air pollution. High-level government officials, scientists, academics, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and funding agencies are expected to attend.

InSPIRE Sustainable Tourism Awards 25-27 November 2015, Legaspi, Philippines

The Pacific Asia Tourism Authority (PATA) will honour winners of the InSPIRE Tourism Awards during the New Tourism Frontiers Forum. The awards recognize organizations and businesses that demonstrate excellence in social, environmental and economic sustainability in tourism.  Awards are granted in seven categories including ‘Best Community Based Tourism Initiative’ and ‘Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider’. The inaugural award is supported by UNEP, the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component and PATA.

UNEP Asia Pacific Side Events, United Nations Climate Change Conference, 30 Nov - 4 Dec 2015, Paris, France

The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar, in collaboration with UNEP and UN-Habitat will present key elements of the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. The Myanmar Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry will participate in the event which is organized by the Global Climate Change Alliance and supported by the European Commission. In another side event, the Korean Environment Institute and the UNEP-supported Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) will present the Adaptation Status Report for the Asia and the Pacific region, highlighting adaptation trends of the five sub-regions in Asia Pacific as well as common adaptation challenges.

October 2015

UNEP GEO-5 Youth Camp, 2 – 6 October 2015, Kubiqi Desert, Inner Mongolia

UNEP GEO-5 Youth Camp is part of the outreach efforts of the UNEP flag report GEO-5 in China, with a clear focus on environmental education for the students. Co-organized by UNEP and Elion Foundation, the Youth Camp consists of environmental courses by scholars and professionals, field activities and exploring trip in desert, which enables the young people to get close to desert ecosystems.  Desertification is a historic and global ecological problem, directly threating to ecological security, seriously influencing the human survival and development, that combating desertification was the common responsibility and obligations. Kubuqi Desert experience is aimed to motivate the younger generation to undertaking their responsibility of sustainable development.

Thematic Meeting of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Network of Ozone Officers, 5-7 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

This meeting will focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific Network regional cooperation to promote and sustain HCFC phase-out. It aims to provide a forum for Ozone Officers to explore potential regional approaches to linkages with the ASEAN Economic Community, refrigeration and air-conditioning competition, association and certification system, and provide updates about the availability of low-GWP alternatives. The meeting will also discuss the implementation of recovery, recycling and reclamation of ozone depleting substances in countries.

South-South Exchange and Training Workshop on Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development, 6-9 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

This workshop organized jointly by the UNEP-UNDP Poverty and Environment team and the UNDP Extractives Industries Team brings together 50 participants including UN country offices implementing extractive industries  work, government counterparts, experts, and private sector to gain capacity to recognize and apply tools that improve outcomes of extractive industries. The workshop is also a platform to exchange experiences and lessons of various countries in the region on sustainable management of extractives and build closer collaboration between UNEP and UNDP in this sector.

Coordination Meeting for the European Commission destruction Project, 8-9 October, Bangkok, Thailand

The coordination meeting for the European Commission destruction project will discuss planning, surveys of ozone depleting substances (ODS) banks and expected results, along with action plans,  management and destruction of ODS in five project countries comprising Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Enhancing Adaptation and Mitigation Investment: Market-Based Mechanisms and Mobilizing Private Sector Finance, 14-15 October 2015, Singapore

The Southeast Asia Climate Change Network is organizing a workshop titled ‘Enhancing Adaptation and Mitigation Investment: Market-Based Mechanisms and Mobilizing Private Sector Finance’ on 14-15 October 2015 in Singapore. The workshop will examine current and planned emissions trading schemes, status of market mechanisms and related challenges in the current climate discussion. It will also explore potential options for market policy tools and ways to mobilize private sector finance so that countries will become better equipped to address barriers in mitigation and adaptation investments. The workshop will bring ASEAN climate change focal points, together with other key actors including policymakers, research institutes, intergovernmental organisations and development agencies.

Stakeholders Workshop: Initiating Myanmar’s Adaptation Planning Process, 22 October 2015, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar    

Myanmar’s Environmental Conservation Department, together with the UNEP Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change offices and the Stockholm Environment Institute-Asia Centre will organize a national workshop to present the findings of the stocktaking exercise to inform the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.   

This second national workshop is aimed at continuing the dialogue and facilitating effective adaptation planning through better understanding of enabling factors and constraints to effective planning and implementation of the NAP in Myanmar. The results of this stocktaking exercise are also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives, particularly to incorporate climate adaptation considerations into Myanmar’s national policy processes.  

The workshop is expected to bring together more than 40 representatives from key national ministries, civil society organisations, academia and development agencies in Myanmar.

Sustainable Rice Platform 5th Annual Plenary Meeting, Manila 27-29 October 2015

Stakeholders representing 29 UN agencies, governments, research institutions, supply chain actors, non-profits and advocacy groups will be gathering in the Philippines for the Sustainable Rice Platform’s 5th Annual Plenary, to be held in Manila from 27-29 October. During the event, hosted by the International Rice Research Institute, the world’s first Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation will be released, along with a set of performance indicators to provide a quantitative measure of compliance for rice production systems. The Sustainable Rice Platform’s Advisory Committee will also meet at IRRI Headquarters. The Sustainable Rice Platform is a global multi-stakeholder alliance working to promote sustainability in the rice sector and based in the UNEP ROAP.

Regional Capacity Building Workshop for Convenstion of Migratory Species Non-Parties of Southeast Asia, 27-29 October 2015, Quezon City, Philippines

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) Regional Capacity Building Workshop for non-Parties of Southeast Asia will take place on 27-29 October 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines. The meeting is co-convened by the CMS, UNEP and the ASEAN Centre of Biodiversity and hosted by the Government of the Philippines – the host country of the next Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS, scheduled for 2017. The meeting will bring government representatives of Southeast Asian countries that are non-Parties to the Convention. Its aim is to support the ratification of these countries to the Convention and ensure a stronger presence of CMS in the region. It will also highlight the unique role of CMS in promoting the conservation of threatened migratory species, which is an integral part of national level efforts in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets - an overarching strategic framework for implementing all biodiversity-related Conventions including the CMS.  

September 2015

Regional Forum on Climate Change Finance and Sustainable Development ,  1-3 September, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Regional Forum on Climate Change Finance and Sustainable Development is organized by UNDP in partnership with UNEP-UNDP Poverty and Environment Initiative, Sweden (SIDA), the United Kingdom (DFID), the International Institute for Environment and Development and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. The event will draw on the outcomes of the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa and focuses on policy choices, institutional reforms, and approaches to financing climate change responses that will deliver on the three pillars of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic. The forum will bring together over a 100 participants including senior officials from Ministries of Finance, Planning, Environment, Social Welfare and Local Government, international organizations, as well as practitioners and civil society organizations from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Nepal, and Thailand.

E-Learning course: Introduction to SCP in Asia, 2015 Edition, 21 September – 12 November 2015

The second edition of the e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia” will take place 21 September – 13 November, 2015. The course aims to develop and strengthen the ability of national actors in the Asia and the Pacific region to incorporate sustainable consumption and production (SCP) into national governance. This e-learning event has been developed jointly by UNEP and UNITAR, within the framework of the SWITCH-Asia Programme. Participants in the course will learn about different concepts and facets of SCP, as well as regional, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to implement policies for SCP. Additionally, they will develop basic skills for applying the SCP concept in an economic, policy and professional context.

Council Meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 22-24 September, Apia, Samoa 

The annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme Officials, which will take place 22-24 September in Apia, Samoa will include a paper on strategic priorities of the UNEP Pacific Sub- Regional office and consider Pacific inputs to the UN Environment Assembly in 2016. A side event organized by the UNEP Subregional Office for the Pacific based in SPREP, will also provide an overview of the draft UNEP 2018-2021 Medium Term Strategy to facilitate comments from Pacific Island countries.

Annual Regional National Implementing Entities Helpdesk Workshop, 28-30 September, Bangkok, Thailand

This annual regional knowledge sharing workshop is part of the National Implementing Entities (NIEs) support programme and brings experts in climate finance, financing and supporting organizations and  representatives from accredited NIEs to share their experience and lessons learnt on the accreditation process. Along with direct access to the Adaptation Fund, this workshop will also focus on the Green Climate Fund's direct access modality and accreditation process.

Pacific Island Countries Ozone Officers Network Meeting and Meeting on European Commission Project, 28 Sept – 2 Oct 2015, Suva, Fiji

With support from the Government of Fiji, the Pacific Islands Network of Ozone officers will be having their annual meeting in Suva Fiji from 28 September – 2 October 2015. This one week event has three segments:  training of National Ozone officers, development of 2015-2020 work plan for the Pacific regional HCFC phase-out management and approaches for national surveys on non-ODS alternatives including HFC.

August 2015

Regional Meeting to Review and Pilot Test a Resources and Information Toolkit to Enhance Scientifically Sound Decision-making on Hazardous Chemicals in Developing Countries, 3-5 August 2015, Bangkok

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Rotterdam Convention, at its sixth meeting, requested the Secretariat to undertake activities to increase notifications of final regulatory action (FRA).  In view of this, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and UNEP organize a regional consultation meeting to review and pilot test a toolkit aimed at assisting and enhancing the efforts by Designated National Authorities (DNAs), especially from developing countries, to take regulatory decisions on hazardous chemicals. A user friendly access to information resource and technical guidance to facilitate DNAs to undertake an initial review of chemicals for regulatory actions and implement pragmatic approaches to consider scientifically sound information for risk assessment and risk evaluation of chemicals should facilitate increased notifications of FRA by Parties.

July 2015

National Climate Change and Consultation Meeting with Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

This event is organized jointly by Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Indonesia and UNEP. The working sessions aim to polish and sharpen identified potential that were discussed and agreed at the Manila Regional Workshop, focus on City Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Jakarta and to discuss and share views on energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings in Indonesia. Focus will also be on non-technical barriers to energy efficiency such as lack of awareness, training and skills, financing, policy and regulation.

Annual Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions Project Team and High-Level Meeting, Singapore, 22-24 July 2015

The Annual Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) project team meeting is a planned activity under the NAMA development for building sector project. During the meeting, project team members will discuss workplans, potential activities and learn how to strengthen the building sector in mitigation actions. A high-level meeting with four countries will also be conducted to agree on an initial analysis and concept note. 

National Action Plans Good Practice Workshop, 13-16 July 2015, Bangkok

Organized by UNEP, UNDP and the Korea Environment Institute (KEI), the workshop guided participants from Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Comoros and Nepal through structured access to relevant tools and methods to be applied in developing National Adaptation Plans (NAP).  The exchange of best practices was structured around three modules of adaptation planning: (i) vulnerability assessment, (ii) appraising adaptation options; and (iii) monitoring and evaluation of adaptation.  Perspectives on Adaptation Planning were also presented by Malaysia and the Republic of Korea.  The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) facilitated a focused discussion on the application of PROVIA Guidance e-tool and KEI’s Adaptation Planning Tool, with the aim of developing selected good practice case studies for NAP.  

Demand Driven Support for Effective Climate Actions: Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Offices, 2 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand 

The Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC) will be hosting a side event, “Demand driven support for effective climate actions: Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Offices" on Thursday, 2 July 2015, during the Regional Forum on Climate Change. It will be an opportunity for attendees to learn about key regional and national activities that support successful implementation of Conference of Parties’ decisions in Southeast Asia. Attendees will also hear from the country delegates on how the network has evolved over the years.  The event will be held at the Asian Institute of Technology.

June 2015

UNEP and Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment celebrate World Environment Day, 15 June 2015, Bangkok

UNEP, in collaboration with the Thailand’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE), will commemorate this year’s World Environment Day (WED) at a star-studded event that includes an  exhibition on WED and an award ceremony recognizing outstanding work by government sectors on the environment at a leading mall in Bangkok. During the event, a memorandum of understanding will be signed by MoNRE and retail outlets in Bangkok for a “No Plastic Bag Campaign”.  The exhibition will feature WED messages from Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors and Thai celebrities, including artist Suthipongse Thatphithakkul, news reporter Kitti Singhapat, actor Krittamed Muangdee, writer Zcongklod Bangyikhan, actress Ms. Siraphun Wattanajinda and Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005.

May 2015

Regional Workshop on Transforming Building and Transport Sectors through Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, 5-7 May 2015, Manila

Hosted by the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, UNEP is organizing a three-day regional workshop on Transforming Building and Transport Sectors through Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA). This workshop will bring together more than 70 participants consisting of high-level policy makers from the energy-building and transport sectors, private sector, and selected international NAMA experts in Manila on 5-7 May 2015. This workshop aims to: (a) discuss and share potential opportunities for the transformation of the building and transport sectors in the ASEAN region, (b) share project information and respective country experiences; and (c) better understand the needs for successful development and implementation of NAMAs in the region.  

This workshop is coordinated by UNEP in partnership with GIZ through the following key projects: NAMAs development for the building sector in Asia. the Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change offices, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region and Towards Climate-friendly Transport Technologies and Measures.

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development, 17-18 May, Bangkok

Stakeholder engagement is a fundamental requirement of sustainable development and in this regard, ESCAP, UNEP and civil society partners are collaborating to convene the Asia Pacific Regional Stakeholder Forum as an associated event to the first Asia Pacific Forum of Environment Ministers and Environment Authority, to be held on 19-20 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, convened by ESCAP, 21-22 May 2015, also in Bangkok, Thailand. The Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum is aimed at strengthening the outreach and effectiveness of the Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and provide on-the-ground perspectives on sustainable development challenges being addressed by the two regional intergovernmental forums.

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue: South East Asia, 18 May, Bangkok

The Sustainable Stock Exchange Regional Dialogue, hosted by the Stock Exchange of Thailand, will bring more than 120 participants including Chief Executive Officers of stock exchanges, listed companies, institutional investors, high-level policy makers and regulators to discuss and explore ways in which environmental and social dimensions can be integrated into corporate governance and business strategies. The meeting includes a High-Level Dialogue and sessions on Sustainability Reporting and Risk Management of Natural Resources.

The Sustainable Stock Exchange is a UN initiative co-organized by the UNEP Finance Initiative, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, UNCTAD and the UN Global Compact.  It explores how exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on environmental, social and corporate governance issues and encourages responsible long-term approaches to investment.

First Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific, 19-20 May, Bangkok

The first Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific will take place from 19 to 20 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Ministerial Forum will provide a platform for Ministers to discuss issues of strategic importance for Asia and the Pacific, including the Post-2015 Development Agenda and environmental components of the Sustainable Development Goals, the region’s environment outlook and emerging priorities, and tackling pressing health and environment challenges. The Forum will also guide UNEP on regional implementation of the resolutions and decisions of the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-1) and help identify the region’s inputs to the next UNEA and UNEP’s medium term strategy for 2018-2021. Environment Ministers, Environment Authorities, key intergovernmental organizations, UN organizations and UNEP’s strategic partners, and major group stakeholders are expected to attend the event.  The Forum will be run back to back with the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific from 21 to 22 May 2015.  

Workshop on Methodologies on Waste Agricultural Biomass in Kazakhstan, 18-20 May, Almaty

In partnership with the Climate Change Coordination Centre, the UNEP/ADB Climate Technology Network and Finance Centre is organizing a three-day workshop to promote enhanced utilization of Waste Agricultural Biomass in Kazakhstan through awareness raising, training and capacity building on its assessment, and identification of appropriate technologies for converting Waste Agricultural Biomass to energy.

Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Environmental Rule of Law for Sustainable Development in Support to Post-2015 Development Agenda, 20 May, Bangkok

This Roundtable, to be convened in the afternoon of 20 May back to back with the First Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific on 19-20 May, will touch upon key elements of environmental rule of law in the region, update the current status and best practices of environmental rule of law, and discuss the challenges, opportunities and a way forward to ensure that environmental rule of law strengthens the region’s accountability system for the implementation of Post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. The result of the Roundtable, in the form of the Chair’s summary, will be shared at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, which will also take place in Bangkok on 21-22 May 2015.

Asia Environmental Enforcement Award Ceremony, 20 May, Bangkok

Around thirteen individuals and organizations, hailing from China, India, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tonga, and Viet Nam, will be recognized for their exceptional work enforcing environmental laws and fighting environmental crime during the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award ceremony, which will take place on 20 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Asia Environmental Enforcement Award (AEEA) is an environmental award that recognizes outstanding work of enforcement officers and organizations to enforce national environmental laws and their efforts to fight environmental crime, including illegal trade in protected species and other wildlife, illicit trade in chemicals, including ozone-depleting chemicals. The 2014 Award is a joint cooperation between UNEP and Freeland Foundation. 

Global Technology Needs Assessmnet Workshop and Technology Needs Assessment Phase II Inception, 25-29 May 2015, Bangkok

UNEP -Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) and Climate Technology Network and Finance Center, together with the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Secretariat and the Climate Technology Center and Network will hold a Global TNA experience sharing workshop on 26-27 May in Bangkok, Thailand. At this event, UNEP will officially launch TNA Phase II and bring together TNA practitioners to share lessons and best practices as well as recommendations to facilitate TNA implementation and investments for climate technology actions.

16th Meeting of the UNEP International Resource Panel, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 25-29 May 2015   

The International Resource Panel will hold their biannual meeting in Hanoi, in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam. The Panel members, Steering Committee and Secretariat meet twice a year, hosted by a Steering Committee member - in this case Viet Nam - to discuss and determine IRP's role, priorities and strategy. The Hanoi meeting will include a focus on strengthening science-policy networks in Asia and the Pacific, and the linkages of IRP assessments to regional needs and challenges.  The meeting also includes a policy-dialogue  with national policy-makers, academia and industry on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Decoupling, in the context of the Post- 2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs).

April 2015

Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 22–24 April, Bangkok

The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will gather all Parties to the Montreal Protocol to review reports of Assessment Panels and integrate them into one synthesis report, prepare draft proposals for amendments to the Montreal Protocol as well as develop work plans. Additionally, the meeting will be preceded by a two-day workshop on hydrofluorocarbon management on 20 - 21 April 2015.  Both events will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Investing in a Sustainable Future for All: REDD+ in Indonesia – An Exceptional Climate Change Mitigation Opportunity for the World, 27-28 April, Jakarta

Investing in a green economy involves both governments and the private sector. It requires governments to create business environments that enable competitive green economy transition. This conference is designed to enable and generate space for key business sector leaders to explore and engage in opportunities the Indonesian Green Economy Transition is providing. The process will result in inputs to policy makers and brings new momentum to climate change mitigation initiatives, especially the most immediate, available and powerful solutions.

Climate Technology Centre and Network Regional Forum for National Designated Entities 28-30 April, Bangkok

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Regional Forum is an occasion to discuss how to link CTCN technical assistance with financial mechanisms and institutions. It will also be an opportunity to share experiences on the set up and activities of National Designated Entities, the use of CTCN Technical Assistance and the CTCN Knowledge Management System, and on linkages between the CTCN and Technology Need Assessments undertaken by several countries. The networking meeting will also initiate discussions with National Designated Entities on how the services of the CTCN can further evolve to meet their needs.

Asia Pacific Environment Information Network Meeting, 27 April-1 May, Bangkok

This first Asia Pacific Environment Information Network meeting which will take place 27 April – 1 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand aims to build institutional and technical capacity to support regional and national assessments and support regional aspects of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook, based on priorities set by relevant regional ministerial fora. In addition, the meeting will initiate regional processes to identify emerging environmental issues and promote information access and data delivery towards indicators, sharing of national and regional data in UNEP-Live, facilitate data monitoring and reporting through the National Reporting System and support capacity building for State of the Environment reporting. 

 March 2015

Joint Thematic Meeting of Southeast Asia Pacific and South Asia Networks of Ozone Officers, 10-13 March 2015, Goyang

Organized by UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme with the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy and the government of the Republic of Korea, this joint meeting will be held along with the "Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable" and the “Green Public Procurement Workshop to Promote Climate Friendly Alternatives" under the United States Environment Protection Agency grant partnership with UNEP. These meetings aim to build capacity and strengthen coordination with key decision makers on latest ozone and climate friendly alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons and initiate the 2015 work plan of the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan.

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February 2015

Sustainable Rice Platform Standard and Indicators Workshop, 16-17 February, Bangkok

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) will hold an International Standard and Indicators Technical Workshop in Bangkok 16-17 February 2015. The SRP was co-convened by UNEP and the International Rice Research Institute in 2011 as a global multi-stakeholder partnership with governments, the private sector, research institutes and non-profit organizations to address critical sustainability challenges in the rice sector and establish a science-based foundation for action. It developed the first modular Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation with a set of performance indicators. These innovative tools will be discussed during the meeting prior to releasing for field testing.

Capacity Building on Sustainable Consumption and Production, 26-28 February, Colombo

UNEP, together with the South-Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is organizing a three-day event that includes a preparatory meeting for the South Asia Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and training on “Building the knowledge of National Focal Points on SCP” in Colombo, Sri Lanka. During the event, participants will learn how SCP policies can underscore South Asia’s sustainable development and expand consumer and producer base, including through the establishment of an annual policy platform, knowledge sharing, and networks.

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

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

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

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

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