Oceans & Coasts

UNDP Recommends Adaptation Action in Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a report. titled “Climate Change and Pacific Island Countries,” on climate impacts and proposed responses.

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Asia-Pacific Workshop Focuses on Indigenous Knowledge on Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNESCO22 April 2013: The Regional Workshop on "Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge related to Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation with Scientific Knowledge: Lessons learned" concluded the second phase of the “Strengthening Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts (StResCom)” project, a three-year project funded by the Japan Funds-in-Trust (UNESCO-JFIT).

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UN Hosts Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

UNGA22 April 2013: In commemoration of International Mother Earth Day, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, called for in UNGA resolution 67/214. The dialogue, held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2013, featured remarks from UN officials and Member State representatives, and a panel discussion and interactive exchange between participants and delegates.

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Sweden Supports ECOWAS Programme on Climate Adaptability [viewed]

18 April 2013: The Government of Sweden announced it will provide US$6.7 million over four years to help reduce West Africa's vulnerability to climate change and increase the region's capacity to pursue its climate change adaptation programmes.

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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High Seas Conference Concludes with Paris Appeal [viewed]

11 April 2013: The "High Seas, Our Future!" conference, which took place in Paris, France, concluded with the launch of the "Paris Appeal for the High Seas" stressing the importance of governance of the high seas, in the run up to negotiations on this topic in 2014.

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SPREP Climate Change Newsletter Focuses on Loss and Damage, Progress in Tide Forecasting [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released the April 2013 edition of its Climate Change Matters newsletter, which features articles on: the Pacific Energy Summit; tide and sea level forecasting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); World Water Day Celebrations; the importance of addressing loss and damage; and Fiji's climate change awareness raising efforts.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Environmental Protection [viewed]

3 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed sustainable development, climate change and protection of the marine environment in remarks in Monaco, on 3 April 2013, on the occasion of the principality's 20th anniversary of UN membership.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Launches New Website [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the International Blue Carbon Initiative's new website.

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Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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