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UNCCD and WMO Discuss Collaboration [viewed]

31 August 2010: Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), recently discussed tightening their institutional collaboration with a view to enhancing responses to the effects of climate change.

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Event: 12th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board was established as the operating entity of the Adaptation Fund with the mandate to supervise and manage the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the CMP. At its 12th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board will discuss several project proposals submitted for funding, and the accreditation of further implementing entities, among other matters. The Board will also engage in a dialogue with representatives from the civil society at the end of the meeting.  

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ICID 2010 Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Drylands [viewed]

23 August 2010: The Second International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions (ICID 2010), which convened in Fortaleza, Brazil, from 16-20 August 2010, brought together participants to discuss climate change and sustainable development in arid and semi-arid regions, and sought to raise the priority of these issues on the agenda of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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July-August 2010 Issue of UNCCD News Focuses on Decade for Deserts [viewed]

16 August 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released the July-August 2010 issue of UNCCD News, which focuses on the launch of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification (UNDDD). This special issue contains statements from 15 leaders, pledging their commitment and the backing of their organizations to the Decade.

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UN Launches Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

16 August 2010: The UN has launched the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification, which will run from 2010-2020 and will seek to raise awareness and action to improve the protection and management of the world's drylands. 

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IFPRI Releases Dataset on Adaptation in South Africa [viewed]

August 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a dataset of household surveys from the Limpopo Basin in South Africa from 2005.

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UNECE Publishes Second Environmental Performance Review of Uzbekistan [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the second Environmental Performance Review of Uzbekistan, which takes stock of the progress made in the area of environmental management since the country was first reviewed in 2001.

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Event: Launch of UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

To promote actions that will protect the world's drylands from further deterioration and degradation into deserts, the United Nations will launch the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification on 16 August 2010. The Decade will be launched during the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions. The Decade of events are spearheaded by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN Secretariat in New York, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other relevant UN bodies.  

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IFPRI Releases Report on Agriculture Adaptation Strategies in African Countries [viewed]

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper titled "Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa."

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Event: International Scientific Conference on Advanced Scientific Tools for Desertification Policy [viewed]

This conference is co-organized by the Global Mechanism (GM), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It aims to “set up a discussion on the scientific research tools and results, recently achieved at the European and international levels addressing desertification assessment and mitigation.”  

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