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Switzerland and Peru Collaborate on GFCS Climate Project [viewed]

WMO30 October 2012: Peru and Switzerland have formed a partnership under the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to conduct the "Climatic Services with Emphasis on the Andes in Support of Decision-making" (CLIMANDES) project. The project was announced during the World Meteorological Congress Extraordinary Session on the GFCS held from 29-31 October 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2013 [viewed]

The World Bank and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center, EMBARQ, will co-host the 10th annual "Transforming Transportation" event on sustainable transport. The 2013 agenda will discuss, inter alia: capitalizing on the multilateral development banks' $175 billion commitment for sustainable transport made during Rio+20; opportunities for sustainable transport in China, India and Latin America; integrating urban transport and development; improving transport health and safety in cities; and bringing shared bicycle solutions to scale in developing countries.  

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World Bank Report Explores Impacts of a Warmer World [viewed]

World Bank18 November 2012: The World Bank has released a scientific report titled, “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided.”  The report, prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, examines the implications of a four degree Celsius increase in global mean temperatures by the end of the century.

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Global Compact, Accenture Release Reports on Business Opportunities for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

8 November 2012: The UN Global Compact and Accenture have released 19 sectoral reports within the theme of "Sustainable Energy for All: The Business Opportunity." The reports identify priority activities and challenges for businesses to support the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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UNDP Joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has announced that UNDP has joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The Coalition is a partnership among governments, NGOs and international organizations that aims to tackle the challenges posed by short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane, at a global scale.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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World Meteorological Congress Approves Implementation Plan of the Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

WMO5 November 2012: The extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress concluded with the approval of the governance structure and implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services, an initiative aimed at rolling out user-driven services such as seasonal climate outlooks and El Niño watches, flood prediction and drought monitoring tools.

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UNEP Releases Report on the Costs of Deforestation to the Kenyan Economy [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenya Forest Service have launched a report on the impacts of deforestation on the Kenyan economy. The report, which is titled “The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy,” quantifies the negative effects of deforestation and formulates recommendations, including mainstreaming payment for ecosystem services.

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