Adaptation

Event: Drafting Committee Meeting for the Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change was established in response to decision IX/16 of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Findings from the AHTEG's first (17-21 November 2008, London, UK) and second (18-22 April 2009, Helsinki, Finland) meetings were compiled into a draft report, which was subject to a peer review process. The drafting committee meeting is expected to finalize the AHTEG's report to be submitted to the UNFCCC.  

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IPCC Posts Chair's Vision Paper for Scoping Meeting [viewed]

© IPCC6 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for the Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will convene in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses CARICOM [viewed]

2 July 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message to the 30th Heads of Government meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from 2-3 July 2009 in Georgetown, Guyana, announced he would soon launch a Global Vulnerability Alert System.

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Private Sector Representatives Sought for World Bank Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

1 July 2009: The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is currently seeking applications by business associations to attend meetings of two Climate Investment Fund committees – the Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund – and one subcommittee - the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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UN Executive Heads Call for Copenhagen to be Turning Point for a Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UN30 June 2009: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which brings together the executive Heads of the organizations of the UN System, issued a statement titled “Green Economy: A Transformation to Address Multiple Crises.”

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World Bank Publishes Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank's Environment Department has published a report titled “Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change,” which sets out an argument for including ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change.

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World Bank and Partners Host Symposium on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

© URS20092 July 2009: The fifth Urban Research Symposium, which took place from 28 June-1 July 2009, in Marseille, France, was co-organized by the World Bank, the French ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, and the French Agency for Development around the theme “Cities and Climate Change: Responding to the Urgent Agenda.”

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UN/ISDR Releases May-June Newsletter [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 July 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the May-June 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights, which features an article on the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction “Risk and Poverty in a Changing Climate.”

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Addresses AU Assembly: “Climate Change Strikes at the Heart of Africa's Key Development Concerns” [viewed]

© UN1 July 2009: In a speech to the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), taking place in Sirte, Libya, from 1-3 July 2009, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, underlined that tackling climate change must be a top priority for Africa.

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UNCTAD Discusses African Food Security [viewed]

© UNCTAD30 June 2009: A panel on “African Food Security: Lessons from the Recent Global Food Crisis” was held on 30 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, during the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board Executive Session on Africa.

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