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UNGA Session on Water and Disasters Stresses Need to Address Climate Change [viewed]

6 March 2013: Addressing the Special Thematic Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Water and Disasters, convened by the UN Secretary-General, the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and the High Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster (HLEP/UNSGAB), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need to reach a “global, legally binding climate change agreement by 2015.”

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Global Network of Basins Concludes First Meeting on Climate Adaptation [viewed]

21 February 2013: The first meeting of the Global Network of Basins on climate change adaptation was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

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GWP, WMO Launch Integrated Drought Management Programme at HMNDP [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have launched an Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). The Programme was announced on the sidelines of the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), and it focuses on building drought resilience to support global poverty reduction.

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UN Agencies Launch Capacity Building Project on Drought Preparedness [viewed]

12 March 2013: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), have signed a framework of cooperation and launched a project on capacity-building in support of national drought management policies (NDMPs).

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SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in Fiji [viewed]

SPREPMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled “An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji.” Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.

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OECD-Italy EPR Highlights Progress toward Greening Growth [viewed]

OECDMarch 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the third review of Italy's environmental performance, including progress towards a green low-carbon economy and international commitments. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) presents 29 recommendations on how performance could be improved.

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GEF SGP Implements Community Based Adaptation Portfolio in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced it is implementing a portfolio of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects of over US$16 million, leveraged from various partners and donors.

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Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Project Focuses on Gender [viewed]

15 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, jointly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is making gender a key consideration in its efforts to build resilience to climate change in Pacific island countries.

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ADB Showcases Water Security Achievements in Shanxi Province, China [viewed]

ADBMarch 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has showcased the achievements of an ADB-funded intervention in Shanxi Province, China, to strengthen agricultural production and conserve water. The ADB has provided an overview of ADB's agricultural development support to communities in Shanxi in addressing challenges related to water security, food production, and climate change challenges.

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Global Conference Focuses on Solutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, which took place at the University of California, Davis, US, brought together over 300 participants to discuss science-based solutions that use knowledge systems in new ways to increase the resilience of food systems and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes in the context of future uncertainty on climate change and extreme events.

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