Oceans & Coasts

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries, which expresses concern over the current and projected negative impacts of climate change on the world's food security. The resolution ( A/66/L.22), adopted under the agenda item on Oceans and the law of the sea, underlines the urgent need for action in efforts to sustainably manage oceans and marine ecosystems.

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Event: IOC Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Technical Expert Group was established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is composed of natural and social scientists, coastal engineers and coastal zone managers. It is tasked with preparing a set of international guidelines on best practices related to the formulation of climate change. The Group is co-sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It will build on the work of the IOC Programme on Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM), and the guidebook published in 2009 on Hazard Awareness and Risk Mitigation through the Integrated Coastal Area Management (IOC Manual and Guide No 50). During the two-day meeting, experts are expected to reach consensus on the scope, structure, format and outline of the guidelines that IOC will develop in the coming months.  

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Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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UNEP Circulates Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers [viewed]

UNEP28 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) has circulated a series of Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers. The Papers, which are not formal publications of UNEP, aim to reflect the broad range of research activities on economics of ecosystem services, and to encourage discussion on ecosystem services economics among economists, scientists and policy makers.

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SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries [viewed]

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

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UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security [viewed]

UN Security Council23 November 2011: Addressing the UN Security Council debate on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as "daunting challenges" to the maintenance of international peace and security.

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UNESCO Holds Climate Change Training for Cambodian Journalists [viewed]

UNESCO Holds Climate Change Training for Cambodian JournalistsNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a climate change training workshop for local journalists in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the aim of raising journalists' awareness and interest in climate change. 

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UNCTAD Report Discusses Adaptation and Mitigation Challenges for Maritime Transport [viewed]

Review of Maritime Transport 201123 November 2011: The 2011 Review of Maritime Transport, published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights challenges of adapting maritime transport to the impacts of climate change, primarily sea-level rise, and provides an update on the development of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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