Freshwater

CBD COP 10 Report Available Online [viewed]

21 December 2010: The official report, including all decisions and outcomes, of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been made available online.

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Event: World Water Day 2011 [viewed]

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year's theme, "Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the defy of urban water management.  

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Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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UNECE Supports Finalization of Third Aral Sea Basin Programme [viewed]

17 December 2010: On 15 December 2010, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea reviewed the draft third Aral Sea basin programme for 2011-2015, with support from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project “Regional dialogue and cooperation on water resources management in Central Asia.”

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FAO Near East Conference Discusses Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East held its 30th session in Khartoum, Sudan, from 4-8 December 2010.

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UNEP Releases Publication on Green Economy and Fiscal Reform [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a Green Economy publication titled “Driving a Green Economy Through Public Finance and Fiscal Policy Reform,” which prioritizes the need to reform environmentally harmful subsidies in the agriculture, energy, fisheries, forest and water sectors.

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UNEP Publication Outlines Green Economy Successes in Developing Countries [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a publication titled “Green Economy Successes in Developing Countries,” which includes eight examples of transitioning towards a green economy, drawn from developing countries.

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ECLAC Report Finds Central America Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report that finds Central America may be one of the regions most adversely affected by climate change in socioeconomic terms.

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World Bank, IDB Propose Regional Agenda on Water and Climate Change for LAC [viewed]

3 December 2010: The elements for a regional agenda on water and climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) were presented at a Dialogue for Water and Climate Change (D4WCC) side event held during the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16), in Cancun, Mexico.  

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European Commission Unveils Proposed Strategy for Danube Region [viewed]

9 December 2010: The European Commission has released a proposal for an EU Strategy for the Danube Region, aimed at developing sustainable growth and environmental protection. By establishing a framework for long-term cooperation on a wide range of issues, the Strategy is expected to contribute to improving sustainable transport, linking energy systems, protecting the environment, preserving water resources and stimulating business.

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