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.

ESCAP, Thailand Commemorate 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami [viewed]

UNESCAP15 December 2014: During an event that convened ten years after one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has ever seen, panelists took stock of progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, and identified remaining gaps and regional priorities going forward. The event highlighted that, while much has been done to fill the gaps in risk reduction, disaster preparedness and early warning systems ten years on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which hit on 26 December 2004, much remains to be done, particularly at the local level.

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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC [viewed]

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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IUCN Report Calls for Action on Ocean Carbon [viewed]

IUCN9 December 2014: A report authored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights the importance of protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and of conserving fish and krill stocks to climate change mitigation and climate regulation.

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UNFPA, UNIDO Event Reviews Data Sharing Across UN System [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a UN system-wide event on 'Data, Knowledge and Innovation for Climate Action' on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Panelists focused on ways knowledge partnerships can integrate climate information into broader sustainability discussions, including through combining climate models with socio-economic data to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

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Guest Article #118: The Adaptation Fund's Success Story [viewed]

In just a few short years, the Adaptation Fund (AF) has built a focused, effective, and transparent climate adaptation financing instrument that directly aids the most vulnerable communities in developing countries.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session [viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The third session, per the 3 December 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 23-27 March 2015.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session [viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The second session, per the 3 December 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 17-20 February 2015.  

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