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UNEP/GEF Project to Build Climate Change Resilience in Afghanistan [viewed]

12 October 2012: A project with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will provide assistance to communities that are vulnerable to climate change in Afghanistan, and will build the capacity of Afghan institutions to address climate change risk.

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Event: World Climate Summit 2012 [viewed]

The third annual World Climate Summit, which is organized alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will bring together government leaders and representatives from the business and finance community to discuss issues related to a low-carbon economy and industrial, financial, political and innovation drivers to accelerate progress in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The meeting will focus specifically on Qatar and the Middle East. Topics of discussion include: public-private partnerships; renewable energy; agriculture and water; emission reductions; transportation; carbon pricing; and energy efficiency.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines "What is Being Done" on Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary8 October 2012: Delivering a lecture titled “Is anything being done on climate change?” at the Central Bank of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, conveyed three messages, namely that: climate change is happening; the world is doing something about it, "not enough, but we are walking in the right direction;" and much more can be done at the national level.

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Guest Article #85: How Climate Services Can Help Countries Adapt to Climate Variability and Change [viewed]

The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was launched in 2009 by the World Climate Conference – 3 as a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate services[1]. This initiative of the United Nations system seeks to facilitate global access to continuously improved climate services in the four priority sectors of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and water by the end of 2017. The objective for end-2021 is to facilitate access to improved climate services across all climate-sensitive sectors.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Opens with Focus on Integrated Science, Assessments and Monitoring [viewed]

9 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties  (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commenced on 9 October 2012, for sessions on the theme “Towards Integrated Science, Assessments and Monitoring for the Rio Conventions.” Neil Pratt, CBD Secretariat, opened the Pavilion, underscoring its purpose to “encourage and support the implementation of the Rio Conventions at the national level.”

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IFAD Launches Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme [viewed]

4 October 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a new programme to channel climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers in an effort to leverage a greater impact on climate change resilience through IFAD's new annual investments of approximately $1 billion.

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CCAFS Reports Highlight Vulnerability of Agricultural and Aquatic Systems to Climate Change [viewed]

October 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Resarch (CGIAR) has released a working paper that describes the likely impacts of climate change on the commodities and natural resources under the mandate of the CGIAR.

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Stakeholder Conference Discusses Drinking Water and Climate Change, Intersectoral Importance of Water [viewed]

3 October 2012: The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment has held a stakeholder conference under the framework of the project on “Adapting Drinking Water Resources to the Impacts of Climate Change in Europe" (ADWICE).

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UN-Water Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

3 October 2012: UN-Water has published its 2011 Annual Report highlighting the year's achievements, including launching the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UN-DCWS), undertaking a survey of 130 countries on approaches to water management, and responding to urban water challenges through the World Water Day (WWD) campaign.

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UNDP Publication Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Recovery Strategies in Europe and CIS [viewed]

2 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication on biodiversity loss in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), highlighting the state of biodiversity in the region particularly in the context of climate change, and presenting some outcomes of its biodiversity work funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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