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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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World Bank President Discusses Green Growth in India [viewed]

13 January 2011: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick and India's Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh, met in Delhi, India, to discuss how to further strengthen their partnership to advance India's green-growth agenda.

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Event: UNESCO Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Pakistan [viewed]

This workshop will discuss: training policy makers and managers in flood and drought management; assessing the capacity of existing water education institutes and training of flood forecasting specialists; training water department technicians and managers and updating curricula; and providing education in schools and communities in managing geo-hazards. The workshop is part of a the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) partnership with Pakistan to help the country develop and manage its responses to flood and drought, and to measure potential impacts of land-use, population, climate change and other factors on water resources.  

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UNEP and PERSGA Organize Regional Training Workshop on Adaptation Planning and Financing [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP/ROWA) and the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), with support from the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), organized the first regional training workshop on climate change adaptation planning and financing in the Arab Region, from 20-22 December 2010, at PERSGA headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Event: Davos World Economic Forum [viewed]

The World Economic Forum, which will convene under the theme “Shared Norms for the New Reality,” gathers industry CEOs, government leaders, spiritual leaders and others to analyze and elaborate innovative ideas and solutions to key global challenges. Topics included for discussion include sustainable consumption, climate change, water and urban sustainability.  

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The meeting will review progress on the current STAP work plan, identify new areas for work plan inclusion, and prepare for the May 2011 GEF Council meeting. With respect to current focal areas, it is likely the meeting will have a strong emphasis on climate change as well as adaptation and climate resilience.  

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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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