Freshwater

Dry Lands Conference Focuses on Links Among Climate Change, Food Security and Water Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands aimed to develop recommendations in areas related to policy strategies and investments to boost agricultural production, enhance food security and increase resilience to price shocks. Conference participants focused on issues related to food security, water management and responsible investment.

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UNEP Releases Technology Needs Assessment and Adaptation Action Plans for Georgia [viewed]

UNEP12 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project has released a TNA, titled “Technology Needs Assessment and Technology Action Plans for Climate Change Adaptation: Georgia.” Prepared by UNEP and the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, the TNA outlines technology needs in priority sectors in Georgia.

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Asia-Pacific Water Forum Releases Principles on Water and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

November 2012: The Asia-Pacific Water Forum has released the “Framework Document on Water and Climate Change Adaptation” in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Framework provides information and guidance on climate change adaptation and water resources management for policy makers and leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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World Energy Outlook 2012 Calls for Increased Subsidies to Halve Energy Demand Through Efficiency [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO). The report calls for continued subsidies to support the increased deployment of renewable energy sources. It also urges coordinated policy efforts in support of energy efficiency measures, to reduce global energy demand and limit global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius.

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UNDP, UN-Habitat Hold Asian Workshop on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP29 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a one-day workshop with mayors and senior officials from ten Asian cities to discuss action on cities, poverty and climate change.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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World Bank Approves Credit to Support Climate Change Response in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank8 November 2012: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$70 million credit from the International Development Association to support the Vietnam Climate Change Development Policy Operation. The policy operation supports institutional development in Viet Nam for resilience, sustainable development, and climate change response.

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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ADB, Australia to Support Drought Preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

ADB7 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reported that, together with the Government of Australia, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), it plans to provide loans and grants to the Governments of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam. The finance will be used to fund infrastructure upgrades, community-based disaster risk management, and enhanced regional forecasting to improve flood and drought preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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