Oceans & Coasts

Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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WMO Congress Agrees on Post-2015 Priorities, Appoints New Secretary-General [viewed]

WMO12 June 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress agreed on priorities for 2016-2019, adopting a new strategic plan and related budget. The Congress also appointed a new Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, who will remain ‘Secretary-General emeritus,' reiterated that high-impact weather and climate extremes are likely to occur with greater frequency and intensity due to climate change, noting that while a window of opportunity still exists “to act and prevent irreversible damage,” it is closing fast.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

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Event: 50th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

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InforMEA Releases Explanatory Video [viewed]

InforMEAJune 2015: InforMEA, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-led project of the Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEA) Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has released a video explaining the key functions of InforMEA.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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CIAT, WorldFish Call for Mapping Climate Change Risks to Fish Production [viewed]

ciat_ccaf_worldfish19 May 2015: WorldFish and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), on behalf of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a submission to the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), titled ‘Climate Change and Aquatic Animal Disease,' which addresses climate change impacts on aquaculture.

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