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UNCCD and UNISDR Sign MOU [viewed]

30 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2010. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration on reducing the vulnerability of communities to drought-related risk and to expand networks that will advance the prevention of drought-associated disasters.

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WHO Releases ‘Vision 2030' on Water Supply, Sanitation and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a CD-ROM titled "Vision 2030: The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change," which aims to increase understanding of how anticipated climate change may affect drinking water and sanitation systems. It also outlines possible actions to optimize resilience of infrastructure and services.

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World Environment Day Celebrated [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN agencies celebrated World Environment Day on 6 June 2010, under the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” The celebrations included a number of activities, such as the launch of "Greening the Blue," which aims to encourage UN agencies to become climate neutral, solar power activities in Rwanda, and a website devoted to informing youth about climate.

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UNEP Releases Report on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new report titled "Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development." The report highlights that the repair of forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs, sequester carbon and alleviate poverty.

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Report on Impacts of Consumption and Production Released [viewed]

2 June 2010: The International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled "Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials."

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FAO Releases Report on Forests and Climate Change After Copenhagen [viewed]

May 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and RECOFTC-Center for People and Forests have released a report on perspectives for Asia-Pacific with regard to forests and climate change following the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

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ILO Publishes Report on Recovery and Growth with Decent Work [viewed]

2 June 2010: Juan Somavia, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, presented his report to the 99th International Labour Conference, taking place from 2-18 June 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. The report, titled "Recovery and Growth with Decent Work," identifies a number of vital and converging objectives for the agenda for policy dialogue and action on an employment-oriented framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

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WHO Publishes Interview on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

June 2010: The latest issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) features an interview with oceanographer and geologist Colin Summerhayes, titled "Climate change: a creeping catastrophe," which explores the expected consequences of climate change on human health.

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Event: Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010 [viewed]

Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) will convene in conjunction with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. The day will be hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, the CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food of Mexico.  

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Flood Management [viewed]

This event is organized by the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, under the auspices of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural and Educational Organization (UNESCO) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. It will be organized around the theme "Floods: From Risk to Opportunity," and will consist of five plenary sessions, 20 parallel sessions, four poster sessions, special events and technical and cultural tours.  

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