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UN Secretary-General Appoints DRR and Water Special Envoy [viewed]

United Nations19 December 2013: Han Seung-soo, Republic of Korea, has been appointed to the position of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Water, with the aim to engage private sector and civil society support for water-related DRR work being undertaken by the UN.

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Tasks Ahead in 2014 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw16 December 2013: Addressing the UN press corps in an end-of-year news conference on 16 December 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2014 will be “crucial for development,” and offered his vision for the Climate Change Summit he will convene.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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UNCCD's GM and IOM Collaborate on Land Degradation and Migration in West Africa [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)9 December 2013: In the context of desertification, land degradation and drought leading to migration across West Africa, the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have launched a partnership to address land degradation and environmental migration.

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UNEP Urges Action on Nitrous Oxide to Address Climate Change, Ozone Depletion [viewed]

UNEP21 November 2013: Increases in nitrous oxide emissions could exacerbate climate change and undermine ozone layer recovery, according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report also stresses it is possible to decrease nitrous oxide emissions, resulting in climate, economic, environmental and human benefits of approximately US$160 billon annually.

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Event: 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit: Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All [viewed]

Organized annually by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 2001, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) serves as a platform exchange global knowledge on sustainable development. In 2014 the conference theme will be "Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All" and will hold thematic tracks on these specific areas of energy, water and food security. These topics were chosen due to their centrality and interrelation in alleviating poverty and to creating a climate resilient and robust green economy, and the current threat to water and food security stemming from the current and growing overconsumption of water and other natural resources. DSDS 2014 will also award the Sustainable Development Leadership Award.  

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OECD Outlines Climate Change Work for 2013-2014 [viewed]

OECD29 November 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a brochure, titled 'Work on Climate Change 2013-2014,' which outlines past and future work of the organization in relation to economic and policy analysis on climate change, and OECD fora for climate change discussions.

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Workshop Seeks to Guide Research, Science-Based Adaptation Strategies in the Andean Region [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE28 November 2013: 'The Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources.

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