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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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ITU Launches Initiatives on Sustainable Development and Disaster Preparedness [viewed]

16 October 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched two initiatives that aim to achieve sustainable development and improve disaster preparedness and response through smart information and communication technologies (ICT) at the ITU Telecom World 2012 held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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First South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum Warns of Low Precipitation Forecasts [viewed]

11 October 2012: The first South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF) was co-organized by Météo France, the Indian Ocean Commission (projet Acclimate) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This first Forum built the capacity of meteorologists on the methods and tools used to develop seasonal climate outlooks, and tailoring them to the challenges faced by islands. 

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Caribbean Ministers Sign Regional Water Security Declaration [viewed]

10 October 2012: Ministers responsible for water resources management in nine Caribbean countries have signed a declaration on water security at the 8th Annual High-Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum, a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).

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Global Alliance Highlights Climate Change Mitigation Benefits of Clean Cookstoves [viewed]

October 2012: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has prepared a factsheet that identifies a positive correlation between the use of clean cookstoves and climate change mitigation, highlighting that, if well designed, clean cookstoves can reduce emissions associated with cooking with biomass.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Participants Discuss Tree Diversity [viewed]

CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Robert Nasi, CGIAR, Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF and Pablo Eyzaguirre, Bioversity, sign MOUs for agroforestry partnerships.11 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, continued on 11 October 2012, with participants convening for Tree Diversity Day.

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Guest Article #85: How Climate Services Can Help Countries Adapt to Climate Variability and Change [viewed]

The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was launched in 2009 by the World Climate Conference – 3 as a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate services[1]. This initiative of the United Nations system seeks to facilitate global access to continuously improved climate services in the four priority sectors of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and water by the end of 2017. The objective for end-2021 is to facilitate access to improved climate services across all climate-sensitive sectors.

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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Event: ECLAC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and will bring together technical experts and government representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to examine the results of assessments of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors in the Caribbean.  

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UNFCCC, Rockefeller Foundation to Highlight Women's Role in Addressing Climate Challenges [viewed]

26 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced receipt of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to launch an initiative highlighting the role of women in responding to climate change, called “Momentum for Change: Women for Results.”

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