Freshwater

UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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New UNECE Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

9 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sven Alkalaj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Development in Colombia [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$10 million loan to support air quality regulation enforcement and the promotion of sustainable water resource management in Colombia.

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CARICOM Heads of Government Approve Climate-Resilient Development Plan, Agree to Hold Pre-Rio+20 Meeting on SIDS Issues [viewed]

CARICOM8 March 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have approved an implementation plan for its Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change, and have agreed to hold a special meeting prior to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) that will seek to ensure that small island developing State (SIDS) concerns are fully acknowledged in the Rio+20 outcome.

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GEF Releases Documentary on Composting Toilets Project in Tuvalu [viewed]

GEF5 March 2012: A documentary video by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) showcases the experience with composting toilets as a solution to freshwater scarcity in Tuvalu.

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4th World Water Development Report Launched [viewed]

UNESCO12 March 2012: The 4th World Water Development Report (WWDR-4) was launched during the 6th World Water Forum. The report highlights the need to recognize water as a critical resource and underlines the global dimensions of its management, including climate change as a “central external driver” affecting water and demands for water use.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on Reaching Users of Climate Services [viewed]

7 March 2012: The latest issue of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Bulletin has taken as its theme “reaching users with climate services,” and focuses on user needs, climate science and disaster reduction. 

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SPREP, China Discuss Opportunities for Future Cooperation [viewed]

5 March 2012: During an official visit in Beijing, China, David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), met with China Development Gateway, the official online source of information and development tools for the Chinese Government. Sheppard provided an overview of the work of SPREP and discussed opportunities for future joint cooperation with China.

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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Water, Energy, Food Security Nexus Conference Publishes Policy Recommendations [viewed]

29 February 2012: The results of the “Bonn2011 Conference: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for a Green Economy” have been published in the form of a conference synopsis and set of policy recommendations.

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