Intergovernmental Process

IFPRI Releases Papers on Climate Change Impacts in Ethiopia and Southern Africa [viewed]

April 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released two discussion papers on: climate change impacts on the hydrology and irrigation of the Limpopo River Basin of Southern Africa; and the impact of changing precipitation patterns on crop production in Ethiopia.

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IFPRI Releases Brief on Collective Action and Property Rights in Climate Change Strategies [viewed]

April 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a brief that focuses on how the poor can adapt to climate change and participate in mitigation practices.

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Event: Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will open this informal meeting, which she announced during the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Around 45 countries are expected to participate in the Dialogue.  

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RRI Dialogue Addresses REDD Issues [viewed]

7 April 2010: The fourth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests Governance and Climate Change took place on 6 April 2010, in London, UK, and was attended by representatives of over 20 countries. Two sessions took place in the morning, addressing: perspectives on the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, plus conservation (REDD+) process, architecture, standards and role of non-governmental actors; and issues, options and recommended principles and criteria for proposed interim and global REDD+ architectures.

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IRRI Releases April-June Edition of Rice Today [viewed]

7 April 2010: The April-June edition of Rice Today, a publication of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), includes an update on an Environment and Climate Change Seminar Series of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and highlights the need for rice farmers to adapt to a changing climate.

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World Health Day Celebrated [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 2010 edition of World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April around the theme "Urbanization: a challenge for public health." To mark the Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat released a couple of publications that underline linkages between urban health and climate change.

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Event: Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

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Event: Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas [viewed]

Hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), this meeting gathers energy ministers from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss energy security, promotion of alternative energy resources and cooperation in addressing the effects of global climate change, in the framework of the “Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas” process.  

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Guest Article #39: Spanish EU Presidency's climate priorities: it's time to act [viewed]

Spain took the rotating Presidency of the European Council in January just after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. During the first weeks, Spain and its European partners drew lessons from the meeting. Efforts must now focus on implementing the actions accorded, and paving a constructive and inclusive process to build up to a successful summit in Cancun, where a long list of key topics need to be solved and defined.

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Wadden Sea Management Plan Adopted [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 11th Trilateral Governmental Conference, hosted by Germany at Westerland on the Wadden Sea island of Sylt, next to the Danish border, took place from on 17-18 March 2010. The participating governments adopted a management plan for the entire Wadden Sea region to support action against a number of invasive alien species and in response to major challenges resulting from the effects of climate change in the coastal area, including sea level rise and shore line protection.

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