Freshwater

This section covers the threats posed by climate change to the attempts to restore or maintain aquatic ecosystems and the availability of drinking water, such as increase in water temperature, the intrusion of saltwater in aquifers due to sea-level rise, or the melting of glaciers.

UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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GGKP Conference Explores Fiscal Measures for Green Economy Transitions [viewed]

green-growth-plataformMarch 2015: Participants explored fiscal measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental taxes in developing countries, sustainable water management, green fiscal reform and incentives for clean energy investments, among other topics at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) third annual conference. The conference report, titled ‘Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge, Creating Impact,' highlights key messages and provides an overview of the sessions.

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UNEP 'Our Planet' 2015 Focuses on SDGs [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2015: An integrated, universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda is essential, according to the 2015 issue of ‘Our Planet,' a publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNIDO, GEF, IIASA Project to Identify Sustainability Solutions [viewed]

logos_gef_unido_iiasa11 March 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the launch of Nexus Solutions for Sustainability, a project to identify integrated solutions to energy, water, food and ecosystem security.

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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment [viewed]

ec6 March 2015: The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the second party to do so after Switzerland. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, indicates that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation [viewed]

amcen_unep4 March 2015: A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address: biodiversity decline; progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth.

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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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Event: World Water Day 2015 [viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The Day will seek to encourage the exploration of how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Twitter: #WorldWaterDay, #WaterIs, #Water & #Sustainability, @UN-Water.  

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Event: Vienna Energy Forum 2015 [viewed]

The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015) will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Austrian Foreign Ministry.  

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