Intergovernmental Organization

CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Achievements in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda [viewed]

September 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the August edition of its News Update, inviting participation in its 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be held in 2013. The celebrations will describe CIFOR's journey from a small organization established in 1993, to its current state as a highly influential organization with over 200 partners.

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Many Strong Voices Releases Paper on Ecosystem-based Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

31 August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, has released a paper titled “Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Integrating Local and External Knowledge.”

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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UNISDR, WMO Launch Disaster Resilience Project in Western Balkans and Turkey [viewed]

28 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are co-sponsoring a two-year project to reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

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Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

28 August 2012: Greg Combet, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, have announced that the Australian emissions trade scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be fully linked by 2018.

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Pacific Smaller Island Leaders Discuss Climate Change, Tourism and Trade [viewed]

PIFS27 August 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) announced the outcomes of the 21st Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders Meeting, held in Raratonga, the Cook Islands, on 27 August 2012. The meeting took decisions on the SIS Development Fund, financing for climate change, tourism and trade.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Paper Calls for Increasing Efficiency of UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

16 August 2012: A paper released by the Nordic Council of Ministers assesses the “state-of-play” of ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and identifies proposals for improved efficiency in the process. The paper explores the organization of work and strategic oversight of the UNFCCC, decision making processes and processes outside of the UNFCCC.

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SPREP Announces Transition to Biodiesel [viewed]

SPREP17 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it is transitioning to biodiesel in its fleet of vehicles. The fuel, a mix made from plant sources and diesel, was developed by the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS).

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UNECA Expert Group Meeting Urges Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development Policies [viewed]

27 August 2012: A recently-held UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) expert group meeting on “Climate Change and the Rural Economy in Southern Africa,” met to address, inter alia, strengthening capacity for developing adaptation and mitigation strategies. The meeting concluded with a call to member States to continue mainstreaming climate change into their rural development policies.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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