Adaptation

Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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ESCAP to Hold Event on Shared Water, Shared Opportunities for World Water Day [viewed]

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

19 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is organizing an event on transboundary waters with the theme “Shared Water – Shared Opportunities” to celebrate World Water Day, which will take place on 25 March 2009. The event, which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, will feature a panel discussion on “Energy Crisis, Food Crisis, Financial Crisis and Climate Change in Transboundary Rivers Opportunities and Challenges.”

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IFPRI to Hold Panel Discussion on Agriculture at International Climate Discussions [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is organizing a panel discussion titled “Securing a Place for Agriculture at International Climate Discussions.” The event will be held on 27 March 2009 in Washington DC, US, and will address how the role of agriculture, land-use change and forestry for climate change mitigation and adaptation can be adequately reflected in a future climate regime.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008 [viewed]

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate

18 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008. The WMO Statement contains information for 2008 on global temperature, regional temperature anomalies, global precipitation, droughts, flooding and storms, La Niña, tropical cyclones, Antarctic ozone hole and Arctic sea ice extent, as well as an article on benefits for climate monitoring and assessment of data rescue activities.

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UN-HABITAT Launches New Cities and Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

Cities and Climate Change

17 March 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has officially launched the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) at a conference titled “Cities and Climate Change,” which took place on 17 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The initiative focuses on mitigation and adaption to climate change impacts on human settlements within the framework of urban governance, decentralization, strengthening local authorities, and environmental planning and management.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Two AWG-LCA Documents on the Fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

17 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents on the Fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan and components of the agreed outcome (FCCC/AWGLCA /2009/ 4 (Part I and II)) prepared by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) in response to a request from the AWG-LCA at its fourth session. The documents are aimed at focusing the negotiating process on the fulfilment of decision 1/CP.13 (the Bali Action Plan) and on the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its 15th session, by describing areas of convergence in the ideas and proposals of parties, exploring options for dealing with areas of divergence, and identifying gaps that might need to be filled by building upon the ideas and proposals of parties.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Note by AWG-LCA4 Chair Containing Summary of Views [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

17 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note by the Chair of the fourth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA4), which was held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans [viewed]

WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans

17 March 2009: Polar Days are a part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a scientific initiative organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Copenhagen Offers “Window of Opportunity” We Cannot Afford to Miss [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

17 March 2009: Speaking at “Carbon Market Insights 2009,” which is taking place from 17-19 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that, although carbon prices are projected to decrease in 2009 due to the financial crisis, the carbon market has not collapsed. He added that its future depends on “the level of ambition of industrialized countries.” Recognizing that the Poznan Climate Change Conference of December 2008 had not been marked by any major political outcomes, he noted that it made progress in a number of specific areas of work, including the operationalization of the Adaptation Fund, the streamlining and speeding up of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and the full endorsement of an intensified negotiating schedule for 2009.

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Web-based Tool for Climate Prediction in Developing Countries to Contribute to WMO Activities [viewed]

Climate Information Tool Kit (CLIK)

12 March 2009: An online climate prediction service was recently launched by the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Climate Center (APCC) in the Republic of Korea to help climate forecasters and researchers worldwide and to facilitate climate prediction in developing countries. APCC contributes to WMO activities and seasonal predictions, including regular updates on the state of El Niño/La Niña.

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