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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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UNITAR Workshop Trains Asia-Pacific Policymakers in Adaptation, DRR [viewed]

Unitar2 June 2014: A workshop on 'Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific Region,' organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), engaged government and civil society representatives in learning exercises on national development and planning for DRR and CCA, with the aim of increasing political commitment, awareness and social demand for climate resilient development.

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Event: 16th Session of the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) [viewed]

The 16th Session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Climatology (CCI-16) will convene in Heidelberg, Germany, to: hear reports from the Secretary-General on the World Climate Services Programme and its contribution to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS); review ongoing activities; address CCI strategic planning; and consider priorities for the Commission's future work on climate data management, monitoring and assessment, prediction and projection, user interfaces for climate adaptation and risk management, capacity development and Climate Services Information System (CSIS). The Session will also elect officers and decide the workplan and future structure for 2014-2018. CCI is one of WMO's eight technical commissions and coordinates collaborative work among climatologists worldwide. The Commission meets once every four years.  

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On Its 50th Anniversary, G-77 Discusses A New World Order for Living Well [viewed]

G77logo15 June 2014: The Group of 77 (G-77) marked its 50th anniversary with a two-day summit on the theme, ‘A New World Order for Living Well.' The G-77 issued a 242-paragraph statement at the close of the summit, titled ‘Declaration of Santa Cruz: For a New World Order for Living Well,' which addresses development in the national context, South-South cooperation, global challenges and particular needs of developing countries in special situations.

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World Day to Combat Desertification 2014 Focuses on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2014-world-day-to-combat-desertification17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated annually on 17 June, UN leaders highlighted the importance of the Day's theme, ecosystem-based adaptation, and its slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof It.'

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UNEP Builds Refrigeration Capacity in African Countries to Increase Climate and Ozone Co-Benefits [viewed]

UNEP15 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened a meeting of African ozone officers from 11-13 June, in Kigali, Rwanda, to build capacity in safe refrigeration and air-conditioning practices to increase ozone and climate co-benefits. The workshop provided training to technicians in the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC), with the aim of ensuring safe handling and servicing of RAC equipment as part of the move towards alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFCs).

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UN-REDD Reflects on Five Years of Support for REDD+ [viewed]

undp-fao-unepJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD), after five years of support for REDD+ readiness, has reviewed the evolution of the REDD+ landscape. The review focuses, in particular, on the five thematic areas of UN-REDD: measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), governance, stakeholder engagement, safeguards and multiple benefits, and the green economy.

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AMCOMET to Link WMO, African Space Programmes [viewed]

amcomet30 May 2014: At its Second Bureau Meeting, the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) decided to link the African Space Programme with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme. AMCOMET also agreed on an updated Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan and initiated the establishment of a Regional Climate Center in Central Africa.

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WMO and FAO to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

wmo-fao13 June 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are strengthening their collaboration on areas of common concern, such as agricultural meteorology, desertification and drought.

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