Health

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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InterAction Council, UNU-INWEH Launch Report on Global Water Crisis [viewed]

11 September 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and InterAction Council (IAC), along with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, have published a report calling for the UN Security Council to take stronger action on water issues. “The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue” presents the outcomes of a May 2011 meeting of IAC, and outlines steps in the Québec Declaration on the World Water Crisis, which resulted from that meeting.

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Booklet Highlights UNDP Community Water Initiative [viewed]

UNDP30 August 2012: A booklet issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on the Community Water Initiative (CWI) discusses: CWI approaches; results and impacts; replication, upscaling and sustainability; the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) – effective delivery mechanism; partnerships; and beyond 2012.

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Event: Pacific Regional Climate Change and Health Symposium [viewed]

Organized by the University of Fiji, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Fiji Ministry of Health, this meeting will provide international climate change and health experts the opportunity to exchange information and ideas and discuss adaptation strategies. The meeting's theme is "Improving health through adaptation – strengthening health systems to protect Pacific Island communities from the health impacts of climate change".  

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