Adaptation

Event: Workshop on Developing Capacity Resilience to Water-related Disasters in Pakistan Through Space Applications and Flood Risk Management [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Country Team in Pakistan, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan. The objective of the workshop is to develop the capacity to build better resilience to water-related disasters, as well as for more effective adaptation to climate change through the applications of space technology and flood risk management in Pakistan.  

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Event: From Local to Rio: Linking Women's Low-Carbon Initiatives with Sustainable Development Policy [viewed]

This side event at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, is being organized by the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). The event aims to highlight key issues of gender and technology and build support from the women's community for work at the next negotiating sessions of the UNFCCC, Rio 2012 and beyond. This event will draw attention to the roles of women as inventors, managers and distributors of low-emission technologies in the context of promoting sustainable development and effective climate change responses. Panelists will present successful projects on the ground and connect to women's leadership in a green economy, and highlight UN Women's goals in the context of Rio 2012. Panelists include: H. Elizabeth Thompson, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Coordinator of Rio 2012; Nereidge Segala, Farmer and President of Ser do Sertao, Pintadas, Brazil; Lucy Wanjiru, Programme Specialist, Gender and Environment, UNDP Gender Team; and Gail Karlsson, Senior Policy Advisor, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.  

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Event: Imagining the Worst: Foresight, Ethics, and Extreme Climate Scenarios [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana. The conference will address the nexus of futures studies and ethics studies in the context of climate change with a strong focus on implications of worst case scenarios on governance processes on national, regional (especially Southeast Europe) and global level (e.g. UNFCCC negotiations and preparations for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)). In particular, the conference aims to: reflect on recent developments in ethical theory; promote ethically aware governance processes; advance futures studies; and promote the cross-sectoral dialogue of science and policy making experts.  

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India to Host World Environment Day, UNEP Announces [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June, will be hosted by Mumbai and Delhi, in India, under the theme “Forests: Nature at Your Service.” 

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UNESCO's Blue Carbon Working Group Holds First Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The "Blue Carbon" International Scientific Working Group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 15-17 February 2011, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss the implications of using coastal "blue" carbon as a conservation and management tool contributing to climate change mitigation and the development of associated conservation financing mechanisms.

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IFAD to Finance Livestock Development in Syria [viewed]

18 February 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide loans and grants worth US$28 million to support a US$73 million project to reduce poverty in dry areas of the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

This is the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate of the UN Economic Commission for Eurpe (UNECE), which is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change, including flood and drought management, working in close cooperation with the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events established under the Protocol on Water and Health.  

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Event: Second UNECE Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

The workshop will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) under the Water Convention. It will bring together countries and other stakeholders to: exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; analyze the specific challenges of adapting water management to climate change in the transboundary context, identify best practices, success factors and lessons learnt; considering the different steps of developing an adaptation strategy: from the assessment of impacts and vulnerability to the selection of measures; exchange experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) as well as other similar initiatives; support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies; and promote and discuss the implementation of the UNECE Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change.  

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Event: Sixth Meeting of UNECE Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management [viewed]

The Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) aims to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impacts of water pollution; promote the ecosystem approach in the framework of integrated water resources management; ensure conservation and restoration of water-related ecosystems; promote payments for ecosystem services; and further adaptation to climate change in the transboundary context, including floods and droughts management. The main objective of the sixth meeting is to review the implementation of the workplan (ECE/MP.WAT/29/Add. 1).  

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UN Stresses Need for Humanitarian Actions to Improve Preparedness and Resilience [viewed]

17 February 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery to be "integrated into humanitarian action to improve preparedness and enhance resilience" of populations. Amos was speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 17 February 2011.

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