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UN Environment and Partners Advance Developing Countries’ Readiness to Access Climate Finance

Bangkok, 30 August 2016 – Countries at risk from a rise in global temperatures met last week in Mumbai, India for a training workshop that has helped increase their readiness to access finance through the Adaptation Fund set up under the United Nations climate convention to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change.

The 23-25 August 2016 Access to Adaptation Finance Seminar brought together 21 aspiring and Adaptation Fund accredited National Implementing Entities from Asia-Pacific and East European countries to share best practices and lessons learned on accreditation and project development.

The training, co-hosted by the Fund, United Nations Environment Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of India and Climate Action Network South Asia, aimed to increase the number of accredited entities in the region, providing more Asia-Pacific countries the opportunity to build climate resilience and adaptive capacity through the Fund’s pioneering Direct Access modality. This allows developing countries to access climate finance, strengthen local adaptation capacity and build on national expertise directly through accredited National Implementing Entities.

2016 Call for Global Action for Partnerships for SIDS

The Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework has been established to ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for Small Island developing States, as well as to encourage new genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. Continue reading

Small island developing states in the Pacific explore ways to make fisheries and other oceans economic sectors more sustainable

The challenges and opportunities that the ocean economy and sustainable fisheries trade bring to Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) were the subject of a regional consultation organised by UNCTAD, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Vanuatu Department of Fisheries (VFD) and Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (PNG NFA) in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 5 August 2015. Continue reading

Issues Facing Small Island Developing States ‘Global Challenges’ Demanding Collective Responsibility

Cyclone Pam aftermathTransnational crime, illicit exploitation of resources, climate change, natural disasters and other factors that threatened small island developing States must be addressed globally and in the context of international stability, speakers today stressed in an all-day open debate in the Security Council. “The issues facing small island developing States are global challenges.  Continue reading

First of its kind guide launched to enable true valuation of ecosystems in SIDS

Guidance_manual_on_valuation_A new manual that will enable policymakers to calculate the true value of ecosystems for a transition to a green economy across the world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), was launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at a ceremony celebrating the end of the International Year of SIDS. The manual highlights the strong interdependency between the Continue reading

SAMOA: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Embedded image permalinkRecognizing special circumstances facing small island developing states, the UN Conference in Samoa generated more than $1.9 billion in partnerships for sustainable development.

Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world have been registered to support small island developing states bringing the total value of these commitments to over USD $1.9 billion, the United Nations announced today at the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States. Continue reading

Nine steps to cut poverty and inequality in Pacific Island Countries

A new United Nations report offers concrete recommendations to reverse a rising trend of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion in Pacific Island countries. The report, launched ahead of next week’s International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, presents specific policy options on how to foster more inclusive and sustainable human development during a time of profound change in the Pacific region. Continue reading

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official has said. Continue reading

Final Preparatory Committee meeting for the third UN Conference on SIDS

On Monday 23 June, the final preparations for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (1-4 September, Samoa) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York with the start of the PrepCom (23-27 June) and other related events.  Continue reading