Health

20th AU Summit Discusses MDGs, Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

African Union (AU)28 January 2013: The 20th session of the African Union (AU) Summit met from 21-28 January 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.” Heads of State from 37 countries discussed a range of issues, including peace and security, maternal health, poverty, malaria, climate change, and the post-2015 development agenda.

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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Acclimate Project Concludes, IOC Member States Adopt Regional Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

22 January 2013: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has reported on the conclusion of Acclimate, a four-year project dedicated to climate change adaptation. The culmination of the project's work, a regional strategy for climate change adaption, was adopted by the IOC's 28th Council of Ministers on 17 January 2013, in the Seychelles.

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UN-HABITAT Launches Consultation on Wastewater Management and Water Quality [viewed]

UN-HABITAT14 January 2013: UN Human Settlements Programme's (UN-HABITAT) Executive Director Joan Clos has announced the launch of a Global Consultation on Wastewater Management and Water Quality for the Post-2015 Agenda. The Consultation aims to build consensus around key water challenges related to the post-2015 development agenda.

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ITU Launches Third Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) launched the Third Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, in collaboration with Telefónica, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Challenge aims to promote innovation and "out of the box" thinking on smart, sustainable cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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WHO Workshop Discusses Adaptation to Health Impacts of Climate Change in Southern and Eastern Africa [viewed]

WHO19 December 2012: The first inter-country workshop for the preparations of national plans of action for public health adaptation to climate change in Southern and Eastern Africa discussed identification of public health risks of climate change, implementation of adaptation plans and strategies and interventions to mitigate the health impacts of climate change.

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Barefoot Power's Solar Lighting Activities Registered under the CDM [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank's Lighting Africa programme has announced that the clean energy company Barefoot Power has successfully registered its programme of activities under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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UNU Urges COP 18 to Tackle Loss and Damage by Addressing Social Vulnerability [viewed]

4 December: Climate researchers at the UN University (UNU) in Bonn, Germany, have urged negotiators at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar, to tackle issues of loss and damage through addressing social vulnerability.

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