Freshwater

Event: New Nile Perspectives: Scientific Advances in the Eastern Nile Basin [viewed]

Given developments in the Nile River basin, including the emergence of a new riparian State, the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity, Sudan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Institute for Water Education (IHE), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and others, are convening participants to discuss water cooperation. The conference will address, inter alia: new Nile projects and politics; new Nile hydrology, morphology and climate change; new Nile land and water use and livelihoods; new Nile economics and optimization; and new Nile futures – institutionalizing interdependencies. IWMI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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IPCC Calls for Review of Second Draft of Wetlands Supplement for GHG Inventory Guidelines [viewed]

IPCC31 January 2013: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a call for government and expert review of the second order draft of its “2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories: Wetlands,” known as the Wetlands Supplement.

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UNW-DPAC Reviews UN Publications on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

January 2013: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has published its Bimonthly Publications Review, which presents the latest publications from UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation from September through January 2012. These publications address a range of issues, such as climate change, child survival, city resilience and cultural diversity.

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DSDS Focuses on Resource-Efficient Growth and Development [viewed]

31 January 2013: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)'s Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized annually since 2001, discussed sustainability challenges across different business sectors as well as resource-efficient growth. The 2013 Summit was organized around the theme "The Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development." 

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UNDP Administrator Stresses Linkages Between Health and Human Development [viewed]

31 January 2013: In a lecture titled “Empowered Lives; Resilient Nations: Why Health Matters to Human Development,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called for broad, innovative partnerships between development and health practitioners to achieve global health goals. 

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UN-HABITAT Highlights Urban Adaptation Challenges in Colombia [viewed]

UN-HABITATDecember 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released a report, titled “The Impact of Climate Change on Urban Settlements in Colombia,” which finds that the poor face greater exposure to climate change. It stresses that urban adaptation policy has been neglected in Colombia, which has not mainstreamed adaptation in its national policies. 

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Event: WACDEP 4th Technical Coordination Workshop [viewed]

The Global Water Partnership – Southern Africa (GWP-SA) will be hosting this 4th Water, Climate and Development Programme for Africa (WACDEP) Technical Coordination Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop aims at strengthening the exchange of lessons, knowledge sharing and technical coordination of WACDEP implementation among the GWP regions. Expected participants include GWP partners from all participating regions and key stakeholders from the water and climate change sector, namely the African Minsters' Council on Water (AMCOW), ministries, development banks and NGOs. The WACDEP programme is an initiative of AMCOW and involves the major African organizations with competencies in water.  

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TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate: Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Water-Energy Nexus [viewed]

The 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will host a thematic debate on Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Water-Energy Nexus. The draft programme and information on the format are now available here: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/letters/pdf/Thematic%20Debate_Sust.Development%20and%20Climate%20Change%20-%203%20May%202013.pdf  

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GWP Launches Water, Climate and Development Programme in Burkina Faso [viewed]

29 January 2013: The inception workshop of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) in Burkina Faso took place on 14 December 2013, in Ouagadougou, and validated a study carried out by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) office in Burkina Faso that finds that climate change will have a strong impact on the country's water security and negatively impact most economic sectors.

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