UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas [viewed]

This summit is convened by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), MacArthur, ICIMOD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The summit is expected to: outline a 10-year roadmap for adaptation to climate change; develop a proposal to secure all of the eastern Himalaya's temperate and alpine forests and grasslands for ensuring biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecosystem services; and create regional “adaptation expert groups.”  

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New UNEP Deputy Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

13 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Amina Mohamed (Kenya) as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Global Platform Calls for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and DRR into Development Planning [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) took place from 9-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action.” The meeting built on the findings and recommendations of the 2009 Global Platform's second session, as well as the results of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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FAO Launches Web Portal on Capacity Development on Climate Change [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has a new web portal that focuses on learning materials and sources for capacity development on climate change.

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UNEP Announces Opening of Regional Office of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the opening of a regional office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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UNCCD Calls for Input on Draft Documents [viewed]

May 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for parties to provide input on draft advocacy policy frameworks on gender and on the integration of land and soil issues into the intergovernmental process on climate change. Comments are also requested on the draft version of "Global Drylands: A United Nations System-wide Response," which was was developed by the Environment Management Group (EMG).

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Event: 16th World Meteorological Congress [viewed]

The World Meteorological Congress is held every four years to decide the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) future directions. Key discussion items include: strengthening the WMO's disaster risk reduction program in the context of increased likelihood and impact of extreme weather, climate and water-related hazards and events in a warming world with a growing population; implementing integrated and improved observation and information systems to maximize the returns on investment on surface and space infrastructure in recent years; reinforcing the aeronautical meteorology programme in view of its importance to air traffic and the need for quality assurance of these services; and capacity building programmes in developing countries to help them fully participate in WMO activities and benefit from them. More than 600 delegates, including Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, senior government officials, heads of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and representatives of WMO partner organizations will attend the three week meeting from 16 May-3 June. It will be officially opened 16 May by WMO President Alexander Bedritskiy and Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. There will be a High Level Segment for Ministers, including a speech from H.E Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheik Hasina.  

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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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