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Climate Change in Asia Pacific

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



Sri Lanka Student Wins Asia Pacific Prize for UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition

Bangkok, 22 April 2014 – A Sri Lanka student’s painting caught the eyes of judges, making it the Asia Pacific winner of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) annual International Children’s Painting Competition. Eight-year old Kandage Kiyara Chenuli Perera’s painting, based on the competition theme, “Food Waste – Save the Planet – Save Food, Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet” beat more than 63,700 entries from Asia Pacific to make her the winner of this year’s competition.  List of Asia-Pacific Winners


UNEP 2013 Annual Report Spotlights Action on Key Environmental Issues

Nairobi, 26 March 2014 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2013 tackled a range of critical and emerging issues on the global environmental agenda, according to the organization's 2013 Annual Report, which was released today.

  Governments Review Issues to Top World Environment Agenda Ahead of First-Ever UN Environment Assembly

Nairobi, 25 March 2014 - Nearly 300 delegates representing 97 countries participated in the first meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with a focus on UNEP's critical inputs to the post-2015 development agenda.

On May 9, 2013, the daily mean concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii surpassed 400 parts per million — the highest recorded level since measurements began in 1958 (Figure 1). Since then, seasonally corrected monthly mean concentrations of CO2 have continued to rise. The emissions gap — the difference between the emissions reductions pledged by parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the reductions needed to stay within two degrees Celsius (2°C) warming — is increasing. With it, the adaptation gap — the difference between the level of funding and the capacities needed for adaptation and the amount committed to the task — is also increasing1. In order to bridge these gaps, it is critical to fill holes in funding, knowledge, technology, capacity and trust.


11th Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, 19-20 May, Bangkok   

The 11th Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP)   will take place in Plaza Athenee on 19-20 May 2014. This event is organized by UNEP under the EU SWITCH-Asia Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and will be hosted by the Thai Government under the Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.   The 11th APRSCP aims to continue engaging multi-stakeholders in developing and implementing innovative policy solutions, up-scaling technology and knowledge benchmarking, approaches and instruments towards the development and implementation of programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.  

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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.


Ashok Khosla welcoming participants of the First Asia Pacific Meeting of the 10YFP.





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