UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: CoastGIS 2011 [viewed]

CoastGIS 2011 will be hosted in Oostende, Belgium, by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchage (IODE) Project Office. This conference will cover the following thematic areas: impact of climate change on the coast, coastal communities and marine resources; environmental conservation in the coastal zone; pollution monitoring and control; sustainable use of coastal resources; integrating coastal and river basin catchment data; disaster monitoring and mitigation at the coast; informing and involving the public in coastal decision making; planning for sustainable coastal tourism; coastal planning and management for small islands; and protecting coastal heritage.  

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Event: Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Launch [viewed]

On the basis of the recommendation of FAO's High-Level External Committee (HLEC) on the Millennium Development Goals to the Director-General (13-14 October 2009) and the discussions and conclusions from the 22nd Committee on Agriculture (COAG), which took place from 16-19 June 2010, preparatory activities have been initiated to develop a vision statement, strategy and action plan towards the establishment of a Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The GSP is expected to develop synergies and cost savings among the various existing networks and programmes.  

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UNHCR Marks 60th Anniversary of Refugee Convention [viewed]

28 July 2011: In his statement delivered on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres underlined that the causes of forced displacement are multiplying, noting that extreme poverty and the impact of climate change add to the traditional causes of displacement.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Participation at the Oslo REDD+ Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the July 2011 issue of its newsletter, which highlights the UN-REDD Programme's participation in the Oslo REDD+ exchange, which took place from 23-24 June 2011, in Norway, focusing on matters related to REDD+ safeguards and policies addressing the underlying drivers of deforestation.  

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UNEP, WRI Invite Comments on the Design of the Climate Regime [viewed]

26 July 2011: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are calling for comments and feedback related to a project titled "Designing an International Climate Regime: Moving the UNFCCC Forward," which aims to capture a diverse range of views on issues reflecting the main approaches that may be taken to build a climate regime.

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UNDP Assists Turkmenistan in Developing National Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

UNDP26 July 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkmenistan have organized the Third Inter-ministerial Dialogue focusing on the Development of a National Strategy on Climate Change.

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Climate Experts Prepare Compendium on National Drought Policy [viewed]

July 2011: At the Expert Meeting on the Preparation of a Compendium on National Drought Policy, a group of international scientists took the first step toward preparing a Compendium on National Drought Policy in the context of the need to develop pro-active, risk-based national drought policies.

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Event: Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2012 [viewed]

Co-hosted and convened by the University of Arizona (US) and the Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), this conference will focus on adaptation to climate variability and change. The conference intends to bring together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share insights into the challenges and opportunities that adaptation presents.  

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Event: The Ocean Carbon Cycle at a Time of Change: Synthesis and Vulnerabilities [viewed]

This meeting will provide inputs the further development of the ocean carbon observing systems and to the next (fifth) assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will also form the basis of a number of planned synthesis papers. The meeting will include plenary talks, poster sessions and meetings of individual working groups.  

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Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Horn of Africa Discusses Response to Crisis [viewed]

25 July 2011: An emergency Ministerial-Level meeting on the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded that efforts to build long-term resilience and safeguard the foundations of food security will require a focus on the humanitarian issues affecting the region, including conflict, preservation of humanitarian space, nutrition, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and education services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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