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Events Archive

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.