Adaptation

UNEP-WCMC Launches Global Island Database [viewed]

10 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) launched the Global Island Database (GID) during the small island developing States (SIDS) Day held during the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, US, on 10 May 2010. The GID reflects five of the themes important for islands, as identified by the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPoW) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely biodiversity, climate change, invasive species, pollution and sustainability.

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UNDP Releases Policy Brief on South-South Cooperation [viewed]

May 2010: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a policy brief titled "South-South Cooperation - The Same Old Game or a New Paradigm?" The brief addresses various dimensions of the challenges and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the number of emerging economies due to their greater involvement in development cooperation to address global challenges, such as industrial development, technology transfer and climate change.

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Event: Multilateral Treaty Framework: An invitation to universal participation [viewed]

This event will take place from 21–23 and 27–28 September 2010. This treaty event will coincide with the general debate of the 65th session of the General Assembly. It provides an opportunity for States to demonstrate their continuing commitment to the central role of the rule of law in international relations. This year's event will highlight treaties of global reach such as human rights, terrorism, penal matters, disarmament, climate change and the protection of UN personnel. In particular, this year will highlight a theme that celebrates and safeguards life on Earth, \"Biodiversity.\" 2010 marks the International Year of Biodiversity; it also marks the start of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, another global issue requiring a global response.  

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EU-Latin America and Caribbean Summit Adopts Madrid Declaration and Action Plan [viewed]

18 May 2010: The VI EU-Latin America and Carribean (LAC) Summit of Heads of State and Government took place on 18 May 2010, in Madrid, Spain, and concluded with the adoption of a Madrid Declaration and Action Plan for 2010-2012.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Welcomes Initiative on Climate Change [viewed]

30 April 2010: The 184th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took place in Paris, France, from 30 March-15 April 2010. Among other agenda items, the Board took note of UNESCO's ongoing work on climate change and welcomed the new Initiative on Climate Change, which will give special attention to UNESCO's two global priorities, Africa and gender equality, as well as to the increased vulnerability of small island developing States (SIDS).

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Event: AWG-LCA 11 and AWG-KP 13 [viewed]

The 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) will be held in conjunction with the 13th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Second 2010 Newsletter [viewed]

18 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published its second newsletter for 2010, which includes a video address from Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, in which he notes the need for “firmer, fast achievable action across the whole spectrum of climate responses,” emphasizing that negotiations must produce a clear common understanding of what Cancun can deliver.

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UNESCAP 66th Commission Session Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

17 May 2010: The 66th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is convening from 13-19 May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The event is gathering representatives from 53 regional countries and nine associate States and comprises a Senior Officials Segment from 13-15 May, and a Ministerial Segment from 17-19 May.

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IWMI Releases Proceedings from Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released the second and third volumes from the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change, which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 9-11 June 2009.

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IFAD and WFP Release Publication on Weather Index Insurance [viewed]

May 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) released a report on "The potential for scale and sustainability in weather index insurance for agriculture and rural livelihoods."

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