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ITTO and UNU Explore Global-Local Links for REDD+ [viewed]

itto-unu12 December 2014: In order to further explore how local initiatives can be linked to international REDD+ processes, the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) assessed experiences from projects that seek to combine global environmental goals with local development objectives.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses [viewed]

UNU23 September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom.

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Report Finds 'Coasts at Risk' in SIDS, Tropical States [viewed]

coastsatriskAugust 2014: Tropical and small island developing States (SIDS) are most at risk from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards, according to ‘Coasts at Risk: An Assessment of Coastal Risks and the Role of Environmental Solutions.' The report uses an indicator-based approach to assess risks from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards and identifies where environmental degradation increases these risks. The report then considers how environmental solutions, such as conservation and restoration, can contribute to risk reduction and conservation goals.

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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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