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Event: 68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold its 68th session from 11-15 May 2015, in London, UK.  

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Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the Middle East Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 23-24 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 24-25 March 2015, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the Middle East Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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Event: World Meteorological Day 2015 [viewed]

Celebrated annually on 23 March in commemoration of the entry into force, in 1950, of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and in celebration of the contribution of national meteorological and hydrological services to society, the 2015 World Meteorological Day will be held under the theme 'Climate Knowledge for Climate Action'. The Twitter hashtag for the day will be #WorldMetDay.  

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Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the European and North Atlantic Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 18-19 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 19-20 March 2015, in Warsaw, Poland, for the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing​. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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Event: Resilient Cities Asia 2015 [viewed]

Organized for the first time, Resilient Cities Asia 2015, taking place from 11-13 February 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand, will aim to become a key regional platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, providing innovative solutions for cities and local governments, currently facing related threats and challenges, that will help mainstream resilience considerations into policy and practice. The event builds on 'Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation,' held since 2010, in Bonn, Germany, and is organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Event: Arctic Frontiers 2015: Climate and Energy [viewed]

The 9th Arctic Frontiers conference, organized around the theme 'Climate and Energy,' will address three scientific themes, namely: global implications of Arctic climate change; ecological winners and losers in future Arctic marine ecosystems; and the role of the Arctic in global energy supply and security. In addition, the conference will include: policy and business programmes; social and cultural, and side events; a Young Scientist Forum; and an Emerging Leaders programme. The conference is expected to attract over 1,300 participants from academia, government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Arctic Frontiers secretariat is based at FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment, in Tromsø, Norway.  

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Event: Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience [viewed]

Organized by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), jointly with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience will convene world leaders and scientists prior to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to discuss how science and technology can help in disaster risk reduction (DRR), fostering sustainable development. The conference will be held under the theme 'Towards a New Science and Technology to Consolidate Disaster Rsk Reduction and Sustainable Development,' with discussions centering around three areas, namely: consolidating a concept that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goal-setting for disaster reduction; sharing best practices in DRR; and identifying concrete initiatives to support a comprehensive, multi-hazards approach in DRR.  

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Event: Workshop on Building Resilient Communities through Urban Planning and the Integration of Natural Sciences [viewed]

This workshop, jointly organized by the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Programme on Assessment and Management of Geological and Climate Related Risk (CERG-C) of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, will focus on the integration of hazards, risks analysis and natural sciences into policy making for cities and human settlements of the most vulnerable countries of the UNECE region.  

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Guest Article #123: The Challenge of Africa's Transformation: Issues of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Two years ago, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a very important milestone for agriculture and food security on the continent, the African Union (AU) declared 2014 the year of agriculture. Today, African economies continue to grow at an average rate of 5.3%. Despite this growth, the current wealth generated has not spread to the poor majority whose livelihoods depend mainly on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and fishing.

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FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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