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UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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European Commission Outlines Response to the Sahel Food Crisis [viewed]

11 April 2012: Highlighting the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by food insecurity in the Sahel region, which comprises Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, a European Commission press release outlines its efforts to provide humanitarian and development aid through mitigation and preparedness, emergency response, and recovery and resilience building.

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International Conference on Wetland Forests Focuses on the Green Economy [viewed]

23 March 2012: The International Conference on Wetland Forests, which was co-hosted by Wetlands International and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam through the Forestry Department, considered the theme "forests biodiversity – towards green economy." The event aimed to promote sustainable management of Brunei's peat forests and mangrove forests.

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World Bank Publishes Brief on Climate-Proofing Development Programmes [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has published a six-page brief detailing the Bank's contribution to achieving synergies between development finance and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNECE Supports Afghan-Tajik Cooperation on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE29 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project on “Strengthening cooperation on hydrology and the environment between Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the upper Amu Darya River Basin” convened water and environment experts to discuss cooperation related to severe floods, vulnerable ecosystems and climate change impacts in the Amu Darya Basin.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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