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Event: Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are organizing the Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014) under the theme ‘Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific'. ISAP2014 will bring together key stakeholders and ensure that their voices are linked with discussions at all levels up to, including and beyond 2015. Speakers at ISAP2014 will include: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). ISAP aims to promote information sharing and facilitate a range of discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of representatives from international organizations, governments, the business community and NGOs.  

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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UNU Argues for a Holistic Approach to Vulnerability Measurement [viewed]

UNU-EHS20 February 2013: Assessing a community's adaptive capacities, coping strategies and vulnerability cannot be done by focusing on economic or past losses, according to the second edition of a book by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), titled 'Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: Towards Disaster Resilient Societies.' 

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WMO, UNESCO Initiatives Aim to Increase Coastal Resilience [viewed]

unesco-wmo22 January 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced their participation in two initiatives being undertaken to develop risk management strategies and tools for weather and water-related extreme events and to increase the resilience of coastal communities.

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UNU-EHS Report Illustrates Loss and Damage in Four Countries [viewed]

UNU-EHS11 November 2013: Despite on-going adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing climate-induced loss and damage that threatens their food security and livelihoods and forces them deeper into poverty, according to a report by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ‘Pushed to the Limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation' presents case studies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal that analyze the impacts of droughts and floods on households, primarily small-scale farmers.

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UNU-IAS Report Highlights Urban Climate Co-Benefits [viewed]

Unuiaslogo18 November 2013: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has launched a policy report, titled ‘Urban Development and Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities.' The report examines challenges and opportunities in implementing urban climate co-benefit approaches, with a particular focus on developing country cities and sub-national processes in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

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UNU-EHS Report Analyzes Climate-Water-Security Nexus [viewed]

UNU-EHS2 September 2013: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) released a report, titled ‘Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel,' which examines whether climate change undermines human security by intensifying water hazards, such as droughts, floods and water scarcity. The report also assesses vulnerability in relation to climate change-related hazards.

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West African Students Complete UNU-EHS Training in DRR [viewed]

UNU26 August 2013: Ten students from the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) project participated in a training on emergency preparedness and humanitarian coordination procedures, organized by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The training focused on the role of geo-information in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management.

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change Focuses on Mainstreaming [viewed]

cba72 May 2013: The 7th Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA7) was organized around the theme 'mainstreaming CBA into national and local planning.'

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