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FAO Releases 20-Point International Agenda on Forests and Water [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)  has released a report, titled "Forests and Water: International Momentum and Action," which presents a comprehensive and practical international agenda on forests and water research and policy. The publication is based on a synthesis of outcomes and recommendations from events organized by the FAO and other institutions between 2008 and 2012.

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Pacific Leaders Call for Regional Solidarity in Addressing Climate Challenges in Post-2015 Framework [viewed]

26 February 2013: Representatives of Pacific island states called for regional solidarity in addressing climate challenges at a one-day consultation on post-2015 development, held in Dili, Timor-Leste, on 26 February 2013.

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ClimDev-Africa Highlights Commitment to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

7 March 2013: Participants at the Fourth Session of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative reiterated their commitment to tackling climate change impacts in Africa, and recognized a need for the three lead partners, the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), to work as one in implementing its 2013 work plan.

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Global Network of Basins Concludes First Meeting on Climate Adaptation [viewed]

21 February 2013: The first meeting of the Global Network of Basins on climate change adaptation was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

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Conflict-Affected and Fragile States Call for New Goals in Dili Consensus [viewed]

26 February 2012: Member countries of the g7+ group, Pacific Island countries and Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) adopted a consensus statement at the close of the International Conference on Development for All, in Dili, Timor-Leste, calling for new goals to be adopted in the post-2015 development framework.

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UNESCAP, UNITAR to Collaborate on Satellite Imagery for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

18 February 2013: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), will cooperate to provide more comprehensive satellite imagery to Asia-Pacific countries to improve disaster risk management.

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ClimDev-Africa Becomes Operational Further to ACP's Grant [viewed]

19 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported that the ACP (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) Group of States has granted €20 million to the special fund for the Climate for Development in Africa Programme (ClimDev-Africa). The grant will enable ClimDev-Africa to become operational.

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ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Considers Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

6 February 2013: The 45th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee considered, inter alia, urban flood risk management, cyclone renaming, severe weather forecasting, an assessment report on the influence of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Plan of Action on Space Technology for DRR and Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 December 2012: Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a five-year regional plan of action for cooperation and capacity building in the use of space technology for disaster risk management and sustainable development. 

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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