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New Papers Focus on Water Supply and Sanitation and Carbon Financing for Water Treatment [viewed]

1 October 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently published two discussion papers, titled “Water Supply and Sanitation in India: Meeting Targets and Beyond” and “Leveraging Carbon Financing to Enable Accountable Water Treatment Programs.”

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NGOs Urge Stronger Measures for Protection of Climate Refugees [viewed]

5 July 2012: Participants in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Annual Consultations with NGOs have recommended developing stronger national and international frameworks to recognize and assist people displaced by climate change. According to the NGO representatives, in many situations, protection currently is based only on the goodwill of the countries concerned.

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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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UNEP GEAS Releases Bulletin on Himalayan Glacial Melt [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published its September 2012 bulletin, which underlines the need to improve cross-boundary scientific collaboration and monitoring of Himalayan glaciers in order to ensure that policy options are science-based.

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UNDP CAP-NET Launches Capacity Development Network for Water in Central Asia [viewed]

2 October 2012: A new capacity development network, named CAR@WAN, has been formed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Resources Management Network (CAP-NET).

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Working Group Established to Review National Platforms on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

2 October 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced the establishment of a working group to review the 81 National Platforms on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) created under the Hyogo Framework for Action. The aim of the review is to identify the essential ingredients for a successful National Platform and provide guidance on the ideal mix of stakeholders.

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Addis Ababa Declaration Supports Global Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

WMO30 September 2012: The African Union Commission (AUC), African regional economic communities and Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have declared their support for the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), a UN initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which aims to strengthen and expand the provision of climate services.

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UNHCR Meeting Features Launch of Nansen Initiative to Protect People Displaced by Natural Disasters [viewed]

2 October: At the opening of the 63rd Session of its Executive Committee, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres highlighted the launch of the Nansen Initiative to protect people displaced by natural disasters, including those caused by climate change, and warned that the organization currently faces unmatched levels of humanitarian crises.

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European DRR Forum Sees Release of Climate Change Adaptation Survey Results [viewed]

4 October 2012: Participants at the third annual meeting of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) were presented with the results of a survey carried out by the European Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). The Forum was co-organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Europe, the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), and the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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UN-Water Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

3 October 2012: UN-Water has published its 2011 Annual Report highlighting the year's achievements, including launching the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UN-DCWS), undertaking a survey of 130 countries on approaches to water management, and responding to urban water challenges through the World Water Day (WWD) campaign.

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