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WSIS Forum Recognizes Role of ICTs in Smart Climate Monitoring, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

ITU logo17 May 2013: Participants at the annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum agreed on outcome documents that highlight discussions on, inter alia: smart climate change monitoring; women's empowerment; information and communication technologies (ICTs) innovations and standards; and cyberspace security. Participants also considered ICTs and post-2015 goals, reviewed the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes and produced a Statement on the WSIS+10 Visioning.

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UNESCO Commission on Ethics Calls for Comments on Climate Change Report [viewed]

UNESCO30 April 2013: The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) is calling for public comments on its report, titled “Background for a Framework of Ethical Principles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Policies.” COMSET is an advisory body of independent experts for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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UNESCO Launches Centre for Water for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNESCO25 April 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a Centre for “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change” in Belgrade, Serbia, which will aim to foster scientific cooperation and information exchange among organizations involved in sustainable water resources management.

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PROVIA Identifies Research Priorities for Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

PROVIA12 April 2013: The Programme on Research on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), a joint UN initiative, organized a workshop on Suggested Research Priorities for Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.

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Asia-Pacific Workshop Focuses on Indigenous Knowledge on Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNESCO22 April 2013: The Regional Workshop on "Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge related to Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation with Scientific Knowledge: Lessons learned" concluded the second phase of the “Strengthening Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts (StResCom)” project, a three-year project funded by the Japan Funds-in-Trust (UNESCO-JFIT).

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UN-Backed Seminar Assesses Impact of Glaciers Melting on Water Systems in Central Asia [viewed]

UNESCO15 April 2013: Approximately 60 researchers and officials from the five Central Asian States and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from international organizations and the donor community, gathered at a UN-backed seminar to discuss the impact of glacier melting on the water resources of Central Asia and review practical steps in adaptation strategies at national and regional levels.

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UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS Conference [viewed]

9 April 2013: Preparations for the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are underway, beginning with a planning mission led by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to Apia, Samoa, where the Conference will take place.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Launches New Website [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the International Blue Carbon Initiative's new website.

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Event: Workshop on Developing Forest Adaptation Strategies under Changing Climate Scenarios [viewed]

In collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a regional workshop on forest fire management that will focus on developing forest adaptation strategies under changing climate scenarios and the use of geospatial support systems for improved forest fire management. Delegates from relevant institutions of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan will participate. The workshop will devote one day to policy, during which senior policy makers from the different countries will be invited to share experiences, challenges and lessons learned, along with recommendations for improving policies, mainstreaming of technical inputs and future collaboration. The workshop will dedicate two days to technical training on: fire detection mapping, highlighting the underlying theory of remote sensing; and operational aspects of the SERVIR-Himalaya forest fire monitoring application. Other issues on the agenda will be climate change, forest fire risk assessment, and fire behavior models.  

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Project on Forests and Climate Change Launched in the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

26 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have commenced a project titled "Sustainable management of mountain forests and land resources of the Kyrgyz Republic under climate change conditions."

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