UN Programme, Agency or Fund

FAO Invites Participation of Foresters in Climate Change and Forest Survey [viewed]

12 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is developing guidelines to assist forester managers in responding to climate change challenges and opportunities.

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High Level Taskforce Calls for Establishment of Global System for Climate Services [viewed]

12 May 2011: The High Level Task Force on a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which emerged from the World Climate Conference 3 of 2009, has released a report titled "Climate Knowledge for Action: A Global Framework for Climate Services - Empowering the Most Vulnerable." The report recommends the establishment of a global system to provide information to help manage climate risks and opportunities.

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UNEP Executive Director Highlights the Need to Act on Climate Migration [viewed]

11 May 2011: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has stressed the need to continuously question, "in the face of scientific complexity and uncertainty, as well as growing evidence of climate change, at what point precaution, common sense or prudent risk management demands action, on climate migration."

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Stakeholders Consider Draft Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

11 May 2010: A stakeholders meeting on the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10-11 May 2011, under the auspices of the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNDP Conducts Survey on Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management [viewed]

UNDPMay 2010: The UN Development Programme Drylands Development Centre (UNDP-DDC) is conducting a survey on the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance (AADP) Project under the framework of the Integrated Drylands Development Programme. The project aims to create an enabling environment for inter-regional knowledge sharing among drought-prone countries, while facilitating the scaling up of proven drought risk management (DRM) practices in Africa and Asia.

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UN/ISDR Announces Private Sector Commitment to Address Disaster Vulnerability [viewed]

11 May 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the finance, insurance and construction sectors have jointly committed to tackle disaster vulnerability at the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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UN CC:Learn Pilot Projects Receive Expressions of Interest [viewed]

8 May 2011: The UN CC:Learn Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change have received expressions of interest from over 25 countries wanting to participate as pilot countries in the programme.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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Global Assessment Report Launched at Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

10 May 2011: Delegates from 175 governments and over 176 regional and national organizations convened on 10 May 2011 for the week-long Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR). The Platform will focus on the links between the rising cost of disasters, how local communities adapt to climate change, and the status of poverty eradication efforts before the 2015 deadline set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

10 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the five winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes leaders who take action through visionary thinking, unwavering dedication and action towards global green growth.

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