UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the African Union (AU). African Ministers responsible for meteorology will meet to address ways of strengthening weather, climate and water information for decision making. The first part of the Conference, from 12 to 14 April, will be a preparatory meeting of experts and partners of all sectors concerned, while the Conference of Ministers will take place on 15 and 16 April. The preparatory expert segment will bring together a broad range of decision makers, users and providers, drawing on their experiences, to improve weather, water and climate information and services. These experiences include for example flood risk management in Mozambique, agrometeorology in Mali and drought insurance in Malawi. The Ministerial Conference is expected to endorse high level support to the expert-based Conference Statement from government representatives and to adopt a Conference Declaration for the development of weather, water and climate services in Africa. The Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa is a follow-up to the decision of the third World Climate Conference, held by the WMO in 2009, to create the Global Framework for Climate Services.  

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WHO European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health Convenes [viewed]

12 March 2010: The Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which was held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, was a carbon-neutral event organized around the theme “Protecting children's health in a changing environment.” The Conference concluded with the adoption by 53 European Governments of the Parma Declaration on Health and Environment.

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Event: World Cities Summit 2010: Liveable and Sustainable Cities for the Future [viewed]

This three-day event will focus on the challenges related to urban planning, infrastructure financing, public housing, waste management, urban biodiversity and climate change. Participants will discuss how to mitigate risks and build inclusive and harmonious cities. Partners of the Summit include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN-Habitat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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Stockholm Convention to Study Climate Change and POPs [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Stockholm Convention Secretariat has informed it will carry out a 12-month international study of the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment. The study, which was announced during the fifth Environment and Health Ministerial Conference held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, will involve over 10 organizations in five countries and will review the latest science to inform the assessment of current and new POPs.

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WHO, UNDP Launch Adaptation Project [viewed]

12 March 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the first global project on public health adaptation to climate change. The project involves a series of pilot projects that will seek to increase the adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to health risks associated with climate variability and change.

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UNISDR Launches Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient,” which focuses on raising political commitment to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local governments and mayors.

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UNEP-WCMC Publishes Briefing on Forest Restoration and REDD [viewed]

January 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published a briefing on the implications of the negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) for forest restoration. Prepared by Lera Miles, the briefing provides an update on negotiations under the UNFCCC, noting that the expansion of the REDD concept to REDD+ (including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) provides an opportunity for carbon-focused forest restoration efforts.

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UNECE and FAO Launch Data Collection on Europe's Forests [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have begun collecting data on the state of forests and forest management in Europe. Data will be collected from 46 countries in the European region, and will include information on forest health and vitality, productive and protective functions, biodiversity and social and economic dimensions of forest management.

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UNWTO Secretary General Urges Tourism Sector to Take Part in the Green Economy [viewed]

9 March 2010: In an opening speach to the ITB Travel Trade Show, which is convening in Berlin, Germany, from 10-14 March 2010, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai urged the tourism sector to ensure that global policies are supportive of the sustainable growth of tourism.

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UNDP Report Summarizes Tools and Guidelines to Mainstream Adaptation [viewed]

10 March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled "Screening Tools and Guidelines to Support the Mainstreaming of Climate Change Adaptation into Development Assistance – A Stocktaking Report."

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