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WFP Builds Climate Resilience in Bangladesh [viewed]

19 February 2013: In its work in Bangladesh, the World Food Programme (WFP) has highlighted that it is engaging the "ultra-poor" to identify community assets that are most vulnerable to climate change, and engage in participatory design processes to build resilience.

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IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru [viewed]

January 2013: Four reports published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) address climate risk management (CRM) in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. The reports were written as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) CRM Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP).

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IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda [viewed]

January 2013: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published three reports on climate risk management (CRM) in Kenya, Niger and Uganda, as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Climate Risk Management (CRM) Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP). The reports illustrate how different communities in high-risk countries may have to adapt to a changing climate across a range of sectors.

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Burundi, Rwanda Collaborate to Increase Climate Resilience and Water Security [viewed]

22 February 2013: The Governments of Burundi and Rwanda are collaborating on integrated water resources management (IWRM) as part of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP), a Global Water Partnership (GWP) project. WACDEP aims to increase climate resilience and water security in the Kagera water basin catchment, which is part of the Rwanda-Burundi Cyohoha transboundary catchment area.

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CCGE Issues Recommendations on Goals for Poverty, Sustainability [viewed]

21 February 2013: At the annual meeting of the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment (CCGE), ministers discussed progress on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7, on ensuring environmental sustainability, and considered options for prioritizing environmental protection and sustainability in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP's AEO-3 Highlights Health Effects of Environmental Change [viewed]

21 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Third African Environment Outlook (AEO-3) Summary for Policy Makers, commissioned by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The report focuses on the links between environment and health, and includes subsections on: air quality; biodiversity; chemicals and waste; climate change and variability; coastal and marine resources; freshwater and sanitation; and land.

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 [viewed]

The 2013 annual World Day to Combat Desertification will focus on the slogan “Don't let our future dry up.” The day is celebrated on 17 June, to mark the conclusion of negotiations on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This year's theme of drought and water scarcity takes into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 will seek to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, and to call attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of the post-Rio+20 agenda and post-2015 development agenda.  

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UN Security Council Discusses Security Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

15 February 2013: The UN Security Council held an informal, Arria formula meeting on the “security dimensions of climate change.” Tony deBrum, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, gave a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, after speaking as a panelist about the security issues faced by his country and other small island developing States (SIDS).

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CIF Annual Report Focuses on the "Climate for Change" [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its 2012 annual report, titled "Creating the Climate for Change." In its fourth year of operations, the fund is in expansion with over 70 new countries asking for support.

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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