Climate Change Adaptation in the News

July 2021

July 2021

UNDP to help Turkmenistan strengthen capacities to respond to climate change

The Times of Central Asia

Monday 19 July 2021

ASHGABAT (TCA) — A new joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan project "Developing a National Adaptation Planning Process in Turkmenistan" was presented on July 14 to the project stakeholders during the online Local Project Appraisal Committee Meeting.

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Climate Change Ministry, UNDP launch youth and climate change perception report

Pakistan Observer

Monday 19 July 2021

The Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a comprehensive report on “Youth and Climate Change Perception” in Islamabad on Sunday.
 
Malik Amin Aslam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change was the chief guest on the occasion.
 
Senior management of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) and the UNDP including Naheed Shah Durrani, Secretary, MoCC and Ms Aliona Niculita, UNDP Resident Representative attended the event.
 
The study explores the youth of Pakistan’s varied perspectives on climate change, against themes of vulnerability, adaptation strategies, regulatory knowledge, and climate advocacy; and provided crucial insights into the background, knowledge and awareness of youth about the concept, causes and effects of climate change.
 
The survey has also been included in Pakistan Economic Survey 2020-2021. Speaking on the occasion, Malik Amin Aslam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change stated, ‘Pakistan’s youth carries incredible potential to ensure sustainable development.

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Water security to be strengthened in Central Highlands and south-central coast

Viet Nam News

Thursday 15 July 2021

ĐÀ NẴNG — A new project aims to improve climate-resilient irrigation and water security in the Central Highlands and south-central coastal region.
 
A signing ceremony for the ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Smallholder Agriculture to Climate Change-Induced Water Insecurity in the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast Regions of Việt Nam’ project was recently held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and five provinces of Đắk Lắk, Đắk Nông, Khánh Hòa, Ninh Thuận and Bình Thuận.
 
The project will be financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with a grant of US$30.2 million and leveraged co-financing of $126 million from the ADB and the Government of Việt Nam on modernised irrigation infrastructure.  

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Statement by the Administrator of the UNDP, Mr. Achim Steiner

Solomon Times Online

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and representative of the United Nations (UN) at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Government Governors Meeting held in Venice, Italy, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the meeting:
 
“This week’s G20 meeting ends with progress towards two global deals that could help developing countries to unlock significant levels of finance. However, these efforts should not end here -- in these turbulent times, these commitments need to translate into concrete actions that will ensure the equitable roll-out of vaccines in every country and drive forward a green COVID-19 recovery centred on decisive climate action.
 
The first of these deals - an agreement to implement a minimum 15% global tax on multinational businesses - will help to create a fairer and more stable international tax architecture. It is designed to ensure that multinational corporations will pay an appropriate share of tax wherever they operate, preventing countries from luring multinational companies with unreasonable low tax rates."

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Norway and Vietnam prepare for international conference

ScandAsia

Wednesday 7 July 2021

On July 2, the Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam Grete Lochen worked with the Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam on the organization of the international conference on sustainable ocean economy and climate change adaptation in December 2021.

Attending the meeting were also representatives of departments under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

According to a statement on the meeting, the Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam writes:

We take pride in the partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam and UNDP and look forward to this international conference on sustainable ocean economy and climate change adaptation.

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It’s Climate Week for Asia and the Pacific

United Nations

Monday 5 July 2021

People across Asia and the Pacific are convening virtually this week to take the pulse of climate action, explore possibilities for action and showcase ambitious solutions. They will spotlight all that can be done in the region to slow rising temperatures and keep a livable planet. Leading up to pivotal global climate talks at COP26 in Glasgow, attention and action are more critical than ever.

Check here for more information and a link to register. See an overview of action on climate adaptation in the region, in words and pictures, and find out where the region is on climate-related SDG targets. Read a perspective on why Asia’s climate actions will be felt by the entire planet.

Across Asia and the Pacific, 63 percent of people consider climate change a major “global emergency” and want more action from their leaders. Find out what youth have to say in mobilizing for climate action. Plus see seven takeaways from a novel meeting between national policymakers and local climate activists, like deeper partnerships premised on local people as agents of change.

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Building partnerships for Restoring Ecosystems in Liberia

The Dawn Liberia

Monday 5 July 2021

On World Environment Day (5 June), the UN Secretary-General launched the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) to prevent and halt further destruction of nature.

This decade challenges governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals worldwide to work towards healing Mother Nature. The environment is the source of all our needs, from food and water to energy and jobs. This timely announcement follows the rollout of the UN Decade for Action, which aims at accelerating action and making real progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The latest Global Environmental Outlook report states that up to 7 million people die every year from diseases associated with air pollution and another 1.4 million die from diseases associated with drinking untreated water.

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