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Global Climate Change Alliance Holds First Pacific Meeting [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA): Pacific Small Island States project held its first regional steering committee meeting in Suva, Fiji, from 28–29 May 2012. GCCA is a global EU-supported initiative aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change in developing countries most vulnerable to climate change.

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IDB, ECLAC Assess Costs of Climate Change Damages in LAC [viewed]

IDB5 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), have released a new report on the vulnerability to large economic damages resulting from climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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UNOCHA Report Highlights Humanitarian Assistance to Climate-Related Emergencies [viewed]

29 May 2012: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has released the annual report of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which provides coordinated humanitarian response to countries in crises. The report highlights that climate-related emergencies tops all categories of humanitarian assistance, with $149 million provided in financial assistance. 

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G-8 Joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition [viewed]

UNEP22 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that all members of the G-8 have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants. New partners in the Coalition include Germany, France, Italy, the Russian Federation and the UK.  

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Workshop Introduces Proposed Information System on Amazon Basin Water Resources [viewed]

ACTO28 May 2012: A regional workshop trained national officials from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela involved in the project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for "the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon Basin, taking into consideration climate variability and change." The project is commonly known as the "GEF Amazonas Project." 

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World Health Assembly Discusses Progress on Health-related MDGs [viewed]

WHO26 May 2012: The 65th session of the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), endorsed a report on progress and achievements of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and global health goals after 2015. Member States noted that, while progress towards achieving health-related MDGs has accelerated, further action is needed to achieve the goals by 2015.

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ICLEI, MIT Release Urban Climate Adaptation Survey Results [viewed]

16 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have released the results of the global survey titled “Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning,” in which 468 cities participated.

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First Africa Human Development Report Explores Food Security, Links to Gender and Environment [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first Africa Human Development Report (HDR), titled "Towards a Food Secure Future." The report finds that African governments' bias toward investing in towns rather than rural areas, and men rather than women, are the key factors explaining Africa's food insecurity.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol [viewed]

UNECE4 May 2012: The 30th Session of the Executive Body for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) adopted amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol). The amendments include national emission reduction commitments to be achieved by 2020 and beyond, and address, for the first time, particulate matter, including black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.

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