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February 2011: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has released the latest edition of its journal titled “Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal” (Volume 35, Issue 1), with articles on water governance, atoll livelihoods, Brazilian ethanol policy, sustainable transport and corruption in Africa, highway emissions projections for India, and opinions on the usefulness of the concept of a green economy.
23 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced two projects aimed at conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities in Latin America and Asia, as the 2011 recipients of the Sasakawa Prize.
Event: Workshop on Developing Capacity Resilience to Water-related Disasters in Pakistan Through Space Applications and Flood Risk Management [viewed]
This workshop is jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Country Team in Pakistan, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan. The objective of the workshop is to develop the capacity to build better resilience to water-related disasters, as well as for more effective adaptation to climate change through the applications of space technology and flood risk management in Pakistan.
23 February 2011: The European Commission and the UN Environment programme (UNEP) have issued a joint statement signaling the renewal of their political will to consolidate, develop and increase their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common goals and objectives in the field of environment.
This is the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate of the UN Economic Commission for Eurpe (UNECE), which is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change, including flood and drought management, working in close cooperation with the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events established under the Protocol on Water and Health.
Event: Second UNECE Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]
The workshop will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) under the Water Convention. It will bring together countries and other stakeholders to: exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; analyze the specific challenges of adapting water management to climate change in the transboundary context, identify best practices, success factors and lessons learnt; considering the different steps of developing an adaptation strategy: from the assessment of impacts and vulnerability to the selection of measures; exchange experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) as well as other similar initiatives; support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies; and promote and discuss the implementation of the UNECE Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change.
The Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) aims to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impacts of water pollution; promote the ecosystem approach in the framework of integrated water resources management; ensure conservation and restoration of water-related ecosystems; promote payments for ecosystem services; and further adaptation to climate change in the transboundary context, including floods and droughts management. The main objective of the sixth meeting is to review the implementation of the workplan (ECE/MP.WAT/29/Add. 1).
15 February 2011: In an address to the Congress of Deputies of Spain at the Superior Centre of National Defence Studies in Madrid, Spain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres noted that the link between security concerns and climate change has gained importance over the past few years.
15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."