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C3D+ Partners Discuss Capacity Building for Research and Training Institutions in Developing Countries [viewed]

20 May 2011: Partners of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-coordinated project “Capacity Development for Adaptation to Climate Change and GHG Mitigation in Non-Annex I Countries” (C3D+) met from 18-20 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider how the capacities of research and training institutions in developing countries can be strengthened to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Event: First Africa Drylands Week [viewed]

The First Africa Drylands Week will be held back-to-back with the global observance event on 17 June to mark World Day to Combat Desertification. Over 100 scientists and representatives of government and international and civil society organizations will convene in Dakar, Senegal, from 10-17 June 2011, to develop an integrated approach to address the Region's challenges of desertification and biodiversity loss, and the new climate change threat. This meeting, which is being co-organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is working towards a global vision and partnership on the Sustainable Land and Climate Risk Management for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative.  

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Event: 37th Session of the FAO Conference [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 37th session of the FAO Conference in Rome, Italy. The meeting will consider the regional conferences of the FAO, the technical committees on Commodity Problems, Agriculture, Forestry, World Food Security and Fisheries, and governance, legal, administrative and financial matters.  

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Event: Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean (IOCWIO-VIII) [viewed]

The agenda for this session includes a presentation of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Draft Priorities and Implementation Strategies for 2012-2013 related to: prevention and reduction of the impacts of natural hazards; mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and variability; safeguarding the health of ocean ecosystems; World Heritage Sites; and management procedures and policies leading to the sustainability of coastal and ocean environment and resources. Participants will also discuss national programmes and priorities in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania.  

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FAO Invites Comments on Guidelines for Forest Policymakers [viewed]

25 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a zero draft of the "Climate Change for Forest Policy Makers- An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management," and is calling for comments on the draft by 20 June 2011.

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UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Systems in Lebanon [viewed]

UNDP24 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Spain, is supporting the project "Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO)," which aims to increase use of renewable energy sources, provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and reduce the consumption of national electricity supplies.

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World Health Assembly Considers Progress on Climate Change, MDGs [viewed]

24 May 2011: The 64th World Health Assembly, which met from 16-24 May 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland, considered progress on the World Health Organization's (WHO) work on climate change and health and adopted, among other decisions, several resolutions and reports in support of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Sandwatcher Newsletter Reports on Indian Ocean Workshop [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the April 2011 issue of "The Sandwatcher." The newsletter describes activities undertaken by Sandwatch network groups worldwide, including the Sandwatch Regional Indian Ocean Workshop held on Mahe, Seychelles, in October 2010.

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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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