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EEA Releases Report on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

14 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the challenges posed by climate change to urban areas in Europe and how cities can adapt to climate change. The report identifies climate change challenges and responses, describes means of planning urban adaptation, and examines how multi-level governance enables urban adaptation.

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Guest Article #77: Now is the Time to Make Agriculture Part of the Climate Change Solution [viewed]

At the May Bonn Climate Change Talks, international climate change negotiators have the opportunity to address a critical issue that has had a very low profile in the formal UNFCCC agenda: agriculture. As large-scale hunger stalks many parts of the globe, areas that rely primarily on agriculture for their economic and food security, such as South Asia, are facing an uncertain future climate that may put them further at risk. The opportunity for international policy action is timely, but it must be done right.

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First UNFCCC Negotiating Session of 2012 Opens in Bonn [viewed]

14 May 2012: The first official negotiating session since the Durban Climate Change Conference under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol opened on 14 May 2012, in Bonn, Germany. 

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Loss and Damage [viewed]

10 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper titled "Current knowledge on relevant methodologies and data requirements as well as lessons learned and gaps identified at different levels, in assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change" (FCCC/TP/2012/1).

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World Bank Reports on Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Project [viewed]

World Bank8 May 2012: The World Bank has presented the results of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), a programme designed to promote rapid access to emergency financing in cases of severe weather-based disasters in the Caribbean.

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UN-HABITAT Report on the State of Arab Cities Focuses on Urban Transition [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released the 2012 edition of its regional report the State of Arab Cities on the theme “Challenges of Urban Transition.” The report notes that, although urban slums are decreasing and urban innovations are being introduced, the region still faces major challenges, including high youth unemployment rates and climate change.

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UNFCCC Newsletter Focuses on Bonn Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the May issue of its Newsletter, which focuses on the Bonn Climate Change Conference that will take place from 14-25 May 2012, in Germany. It provides an overview of the key issues to be addressed by negotiators at the meeting relating to adaptation, mitigation, finance, capacity building and technology.

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UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report Focuses on Progress in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012:  The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for Asia Pacific, titled "One Planet to Share – Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate." The report emphasizes that, to achieve a shift to a greener economy, countries in the region will need to change their production patterns, including in the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors. 

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UNISDR Chief Seeks Action on DRR in the Philippines [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on an official visit by Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, to the Philippines. She attended a two-day meeting on "Building a Resilient Mindanao," in Albay.

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ADB Discusses Inclusive Growth [viewed]

ADB5 May 2012: The 45th meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was organized around the theme “Inclusive Growth through Better Governance and Partnerships” and addressed how to bring the benefits of Asia's growth to all, especially the poor.

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