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FAO Issues Agriculture Brief in Advance of Bonn Climate Talks [viewed]

FAO29 May 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a brief, titled ‘Agriculture at the UN Climate Change Talks,' in advance of the Bonn Climate Change Conference taking place from 4-15 June in Bonn, Germany. The brief, which is targeted at an audience with a particular interest in agriculture and land-use issues, highlights the meeting context, key issues for agriculture and land use and areas where agriculture will be directly and indirectly addressed during the discussions, including both negotiations and side events.

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Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas Emphasizes Role of Local Authorities, Youth [viewed]

unisdr-america29 May 2014: The Fourth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas considered the major elements needed for a global framework on DRR. Participants called for a stronger role for local authorities in DRR, inclusion of youth in DRR governance, better integration of DRR into national development and greater awareness about disaster risk.

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UNWTO, ASEAN Discuss Tourism and Climate Change [viewed]

unwto-asean28 May 2014: Participants examined tourism's ability to both mitigate and withstand climate change at the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change. Asia-Pacific leaders discussed how to ensure the tourist sector, which is experiencing above-average growth, continues to contribute to development and does so sustainably.

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Outlines Fiduciary Standards for Accessing Climate Finance [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a report aimed at assisting developing country climate finance institutions in accessing funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Adaptation Fund (AF). The report, titled 'Direct Access to International Climate Finance and Associated Fiduciary Standards,' compiles the minimum fiduciary standards required by these Funds and uses case studies to illustrate necessary supporting documentation.

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Describes Transformation of Existing Fund into NCFI in Benin [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a ‘Case study of the National Environment Fund Benin (FNE).' The report describes the transformation of an existing entity, FNE, an institution originally designed to mobilize international and national funding sources for national environmental projects, into a national climate finance institution (NCFI), the National Fund for the Environment and Climate (FNEC), which addresses climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as environment and development efforts.

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Event: Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference [viewed]

The Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference will take place under the theme ‘Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability,' with an emphasis on science as a tool to address hazard risks and sustainable development. Plenaries and break-out sessions will discuss challenges in implementing integrated disaster risk research as well as inter-organisational collaboration and policy issues, using examples from global and local contexts. Plenary sessions will focus on: the role of science in the 2015 agenda; water; science and the media; and resiliency and reconstruction. More than ten breakout sessions will take place, including ones on: community disaster reduction; empowering local officials; and indigenous and vulnerable populations. A special session will address earth observations for disaster risk reduction in developing countries. The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are organizing the conference in collaboration with a number of partners, including the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).  

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UNEP Inquiry Examining Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

financialinquiry28 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an 'Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System: Policy Innovations for a Green Economy' to explore how the financial system might better meet the needs of, and mobilize capital for, a green economy in January 2014. The Inquiry Co-Directors, Nick Robins and Simon Zadek, presented the background, approach and goals of this 18-month initiative at an event on 28 May, at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington DC, US.

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World Mountain Forum Discusses Climate Change, Mountain Communities [viewed]

wfm24 May 2014: The World Mountain Forum (WMF), which took place from 22-24 May 2014, in Cusco, Peru, provided a platform to promote sustainable mountain development. The Forum convened sessions on four key topics: climate change; family farming; mountain communities; and mountain cities. These sessions included a particular focus on water and food security, sustainable investment and climate change adaptation. 

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WBCSD Report Describes Advantages of Addressing the Water, Food and Energy Nexus [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a report on the water, food and energy nexus, titled ‘Co-optimizing Solutions: Water and Energy for Food, Feed and Fiber.' The report was launched during the ‘Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus' conference, on 20 May in Bonn, Germany, which was convened in recognition that the increasing demand for food and other agricultural products will put significant pressures on resources and impact greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

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Event: Second Task Force Meeting and Bureau Meeting of AMCOMET [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will hold its Second Task Force Meeting on 26-28 May 2014, back to back with its Second Bureau Meeting on 29-30 May 2014, both in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Task Force and Bureau will discuss: the constitution and rules of procedures; the African Regional Space Programme; the draft Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; and the feasibility of establishing a regional climate centre in Central Africa. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of the African Union (AU), hosts the AMCOMET Secretariat, which is helping facilitate the meetings.  

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