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.

Event: 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

The 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 42), themed '2015 El Niño impacts and lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa,' will take place from 22-23 February 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda. GHACOF 42 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from critical socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision makers and civil society representatives. Workshops will be held on agriculture and food security, water resources, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and health, among others. During the Forum, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) will officially launch a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop for regional climate experts to be held at ICPAC, from 15-20 February 2016.  

read more »

Guest Article #139: Building Climate Resilience through Technology Transfer and Innovation [viewed]

The recent historic agreement achieved at COP 21 in Paris resulted in unprecedented momentum for tackling climate change – including scaling up action on climate change adaptation. Climate resilience on a wide scale can only be achieved with the engagement of the private sector. While climate change affects all parts of the world, developing countries are particularly vulnerable. Technology transfer is therefore believed to be key in supporting countries to improve their resilience.

read more »

Event: First session of the Executive Council Working Group on WMO Strategic and Operational Planning [viewed]

This meeting of the first session of the Executive Council Working Group on World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Strategic and Operational Planning (WG/SOP) is expected to address: WMO strategic and budget planning, including the WMO Monitoring and Evaluation System; the role and operation of national meteorological and hydrological services; improving WMO processes, practices and governance; the Quality Management Framework; and progress in implementing the Madrid Action Plan and preparations for the Madrid+10 Conference in 2017. The Executive Council, which the WG/SOP will report to, is the WMO's executive body, which, inter alia: meets annually; implements Congress decisions; coordinates programmes; examines use of budgetary resources; provides technical information, counsel and assistance in the WMO's fields; and acts on matters affecting international meteorology.  

read more »

January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

read more »

France, India Inaugurate International Solar Alliance [viewed]

france_india25 January 2016: During an official visit to India, French President Francois Hollande discussed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the commitment of the two countries to address clean and sustainable development, climate change, the International Solar Alliance, sustainable consumption and production patterns, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable urban development and transport.

read more »

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Highlights Government and Business Action [viewed]

abudhabi201621 January 2016: The 2016 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) focused on stimulating international dialogue and action on sustainable energy, water, waste, cities, women in sustainability, climate change and sustainable development. The week, which included a series of events, conferences and exhibitions, brought together thousands of delegates from government, industry and civil society with the aim of addressing challenges and opportunities in policy, finance, investment, and technology and innovation.

read more »

2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2016: The US$4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has been presented to the winners for 2016. The prize, which recognizes innovative solutions that aim to lead to a sustainable energy future, were announced during a ceremony at the World Future Energy Summit on 19 January 2016 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

read more »

FAO Provides Guidance on Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: A guide published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides an overview of the FAO's model of ecosystem-based agriculture, called 'Save and Grow,' and presents case studies of its application around the world. The model is used to increase cereal yields while rendering production systems more sustainable and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

read more »

Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 [viewed]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is an Abu Dhabi government initiative to address the interconnected challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development. The largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, ADSW encourages outcomes that pave the way toward sustainability, and provides the opportunity for dialogue and cooperation through policy dialogues, conferences, exhibitions and other events. ADSW 2016 is comprised of: an opening ceremony; the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), including a solar expo and sustainable transport zone; the International Water Summit; the EcoWaste exhibition; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly. It also will also include the following events: Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy; IRENA Financial Times Debate; Egypt Energy Forum; Abu Dhabi Global Action Day; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirate's international awards for energy and sustainability pioneers.

Speakers during the opening event include: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and nine heads of states, including those from the Seychelles, Palau, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Morocco.

ADSW is being hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and is expected to attract more than 33,000, with over 80 heads and ministers of state, and other participants from more than 170 countries.  

read more »

As 2016 Begins, UN Calls for Delivering on SDGs [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)January 2016: The world officially commenced implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 1 January 2016, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired on 31 December 2015. On the occasion, the UN highlighted the importance of partnerships and international solidarity in implementing the 2030 Agenda, and called for sharing experiences and tracking progress, including through an Annual SDG Progress Report.

read more »