Oceans & Coasts

Event: 14th Session of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 14) [viewed]

The 14th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) is to carry out an in-depth review of the oceans-related outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and how those outcomes would impact and benefit international coordination and cooperation. The consideration of issues relating to sea-level rises and their impact on security and survival, particularly on low-lying coastal areas and island nations, against the background of sustainable development was also suggested by many delegations at ICP 13. They also proposed another theme for consideration, on aspects of marine scientific research related to sustainable development.  

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PIFS Releases 2012 Pacific Annual Progress Report, Reporting Annex [viewed]

PIFS25 January 2013: The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has released the Pacific Plan 2012 Annual Progress Report and its associated Reporting Annex. The documents highlight challenges faced by the region, and outline progress made towards greater regional integration and cooperation in various areas, including climate change, fisheries, gender equality and disability-inclusive development.

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World Bank to Support Climate Change Resilience in Mozambique [viewed]

World Bank24 January 2013: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$87 million grant to support the Government of Mozambique in developing a climate change-resilient economy and to scale-up high impact nutrition interventions. Mozambique's climate change development policy operation seeks to support policy reforms that enable long-term growth and climate-proof development plans.

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UNESCO IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors Ocean Project [viewed]

21 January 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, by November 2012, ocean robots that conduct ocean monitoring, also known as Argo floats, had collected their millionth profile of temperature and salinity.

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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UNISDR, Gulf States Cooperation Council Host DRR Workshop [viewed]

18 January 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) co-hosted a regional workshop on disaster risk reduction (DRR), which heard calls for stronger commitments in the Gulf region towards the development of a DRR strategy.

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Ramsar Announces Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Marshall Islands [viewed]

16 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands' wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls. 

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UNESCO, Samsung to Develop Training Material on Education for Sustainable Development in Viet Nam [viewed]

8 January 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a US$1 million two-year project to develop, pilot and distribute multimedia teacher-training materials on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Viet Nam. The project is funded by Samsung and focuses on climate change responses, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and biodiversity at the primary school level.

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CIF Reports on Mozambique's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience [viewed]

11 January 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported on the implementation of Mozambique's US$100 million strategic programme for climate resilience, which was endorsed in June 2011 by the CIF through its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) window.

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UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Training in Indonesia [viewed]

26 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that its Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities on the island. 

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