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Experts in a press conference and meeting with deputy prime minister Hoang Trung Hai in Ha Noi said that Viet Nam would need to consider its power sector strategy to cope with climate change.

Yvo de Boer, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Dennis Tirpark, former coordinator of international climate change negotiations for the UN, said that the future construction of coal power plants would increase Viet Nam's greenhouse gas emission.

Mr De Boer said that "Gas emission would increase while the world is talking about a global commitment to 50% reduction.”

Coal remains a major source of energy in Viet Nam, accounting for more than 20% of all sources of power.

Read more: Vietnam power plan needed to tackle warming

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Down_to_earthThe Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change took place from 31 October - 5 November 2010 at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, around the theme "It's Down 2 Earth."

The Conference and its Ministerial Roundtable-sessions initiated a roadmap for action linking agriculture-related investments, food security and climate change. The "living roadmap" contains sections on: policies and strategies for climate-smart agriculture; tools and technologies for climate-smart agriculture; financing for transformational change; forging partnerships for climate-smart agriculture; and the way forward.

Read more: Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Conference Produces Roadmap for Action

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CYCLONES, droughts, earthquakes, fires that destroy forests and homes, floods, landslides, storm surges and tsunamis: All pose a threat to lives and property in Myanmar, international disaster assistance professionals say.

Myanmar’s vulnerability to natural disaster was brought into sharp relief by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, which killed at least 138,000 people and caused more than US$4 billion worth of damage. But since then, experts say, progress has been made in preparing for disasters that should help increase the level of protection provided.

Much of the threat is caused or compounded by climate change, to which Myanmar has contributed very little. But according to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index, released by the global risks advisory firm Maplecroft, Myanmar ranks 10th globally in terms of the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather-related events thought to be caused by climate change.

Read more: Experts see green shoots in disaster preparation efforts

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MANILA, Philippines - The Climate Change Commission recently inked an agreement with the Provincial Government of Albay concerning the establishment of a Climate Change Academy in the province that will serve as a center for education and knowledge sharing on climate adaptation.

CCC Secretary Heherson Alvarez said the move is to ensure that aggressive adaptation measures will be applied in all levels of governance to vulnerable communities.

“Adaptation, through risk reduction and disaster management, is vital as the foundation stone to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations. Without these foundations, MDG programs cannot move ahead,” he said.

Read more: Commission signs pact with Albay on Climate Change Academy

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Indigenous youth under the banner of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) asserts that addressing problems on climate change also means addressing indigenous peoples (IP) issues on human rights violations, discrimination and self-determination.

This was expressed by representatives of IP youth from the different countries of Asia Pacific in a press conference today, November 5 here as part of the four day climate youth camp 2010 hosted by APIYN.

According to APIYN Secretary General Ivan Torafing, the fight against climate change is not separate from the IPs struggle for self-determination. He added that the non-recognition of IP rights determine the use and development of their ancestral domain resulted to the destruction of their territories.

Read more: Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth: Address Climate Change By Asserting Indigenous People’s Rights

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Ruth P. Briones, the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Greenergy Solutions Inc. and Lead Convenor of Zero Waste Philippines Project announced that Greenergy Solutions had sponsored the two-day Workshop of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ) held on November 5-6, 2010 at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila, Philippines.

The Journalists’ workshop dubbed as “Too Hot To Handle: Understanding Climate Change” had gathered the best minds of Philippine Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation initiatives and advocacy. Leading the list include the Vice-Chair of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Heherson Alvarez who delivered the Welcome Address that dealt on Philippine Strategies to combat climate change.

Read more: Greenergy Solutions Sponsors Environmental Journalists Forum On Climate Change

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Says developed countries must provide support to developing nations

MEXICO CITY - If a balanced outcome is to be struck on climate change, developed countries must provide support to developing countries, Senior Minister S Jayakumar urged as he chaired ministerial talks in Mexico ahead of the United Nations climate change meeting next month.

In particular, Professor Jayakumar called for a new Climate Fund to be established in Cancun, which would "serve as a confidence building measure and signal the developed countries' willingness to provide long-term support to developing countries to undertake adaptation and mitigation actions".

Financing, technology cooperation and capacity building will be core issues in the upcoming negotiations, Singapore's National Climate Change Secretariat said on Friday.

Read more: Jayakumar calls for Climate Fund

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By adopting certain fiscal policies for coping with climate change, Vietnam has been restructuring its economy on an environmentally friendly and sustainable basis.

This view was shared by Yvo De Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai in Hanoi on November 5.

Read more: Long-term strategy to cope with climate change

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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS | An 80-nation conference on food security is urging U.N. climate negotiators to consider agriculture when drawing up strategies to fight climate change.

The five-day meeting has ended with a call to invest in new farming practices that will curb greenhouse gas emissions and better use currently available land to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050.

About 30 percent of carbon emissions come from farming, livestock and forest destruction.

Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker says agriculture must be integrated into climate negotiations and should receive some of the funds earmarked for poor countries to help them reduce emissions and adapt to changing climate conditions.

The conference, attended by 60 government ministers, ended Friday.

 

Source: Business Week (AP) | 05 November 2010

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The fifth UN-REDD Policy Board meeting, which took place in Washington DC, US, from 4-5 November 2010, approved US$15.2 million for five new countries, and confirmed or pledged funds of US$7.4 million.

Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Paraguay received approvals for US$3 million, $6.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively, after having presented the Board with full national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) readiness programmes. Solomon Islands and the Philippines were allocated approximately US$500,000 each for their initial national programmes.

Read more: UN-REDD Policy Board Approves Funding for Five New Countries

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