Oceans & Coasts

This section addresses issues related to the oceans as a carbon sink, as well as the interactions between climate change and oceans, such as carbon dioxide-driven acidification, increases in temperature, dwindling fish stocks, or the spread of invasive species. It also covers the consequences of these impacts on coastal areas and populations. The carbon storage in the ocean seabed and ocean fertilization is also included in this section.

WMO Reports Record High Atmospheric GHG Levels [viewed]

WMO9 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Bulletin indicates that the concentration of GHG in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 due to a surge in carbon dioxide levels, making international action on climate change all the more urgent.

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS [viewed]

GEF4 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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NORDEN Report Assesses Climate Change Effects on Primary Nordic Industries [viewed]

Nordic Council LogoAugust 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NORDEN) has published a report, titled ‘Climate change and primary industries: Impacts, adaptation and mitigation in the Nordic countries,' which focuses on the effects of climate change on the primary Nordic industries, namely agriculture, fishing and forestry.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans Showcased at SIDS International Conference [viewed]

sids4sep4 September 2014: Oceans, fisheries, the blue economy and forests featured in a number of events held and publications launched on the occasion of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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SIDS Conference Continues Partnership Announcements, Discussing Energy, Oceans and Biodiversity [viewed]

sidsd4sep3 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continued plenary discussions, which featured statements and announcements of commitments and partnerships. Two multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues took place on: sustainable energy; and oceans, seas and biodiversity. Numerous side events took place through the day and into the evening, including several focused on renewable energy.

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SIDS Conference Discusses Climate Change, Resilience, Social Development, NCDs [viewed]

2sepsids2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners continued their general debate at the Third International Conference on SIDS on 2 September, in Apia, Samoa, addressing issues of debt restructuring, SIDS' resilience, waste management, climate change, sea-level rise and recovery from extreme weather events. Several SIDS speakers stressed that access to financing and operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) require the attention of the international community, in the quest for sustainable development.

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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SIDS Opening Session Links Small Islands and Global Issues, Highlights Partnerships [viewed]

SIDS.1sep1 September 2014: Formal proceedings for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) began with an opening plenary followed by a general debate among UN Member States. A parallel multi-stakeholder partnership dialogue took place on sustainable economic development in the afternoon, and numerous side events convened through the day and evening.

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