Oceans & Coasts

UN Secretary-General Presents Summary Report of High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability [viewed]

16 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a summary of the Report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability to an informal plenary session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for that purpose. The report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” presents recommendations for eradicating poverty and reducing inequality, while combating climate change.

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GEF SGP Showcases Activities in the Pacific [viewed]

15 March 2012: A regional meeting for the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) took place in the Pacific to provide training to national officers on the vision and strategy of the programme and SGP's results-based management framework.

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SPC Assists Tonga in Adapting to Climate Change [viewed]

SPC16 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that it is providing assistance to the Government of Tonga on adapting to climate change. The project, part of the Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP), aims to assess the vulnerability and adaptation to sea level rise in Lifuka, Tonga.  

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OECD Report Highlights Consequences of Inaction for the Environment [viewed]

OECD15 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a new report, titled "OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction." The report presents the latest projections of socio-economic trends over the next four decades, and their implications for climate change, biodiversity, water and health impacts of environmental pollution.

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PACC Project Assesses Climate Vulnerability of Ontong Java Communities [viewed]

15 March 2011: The National Management Unit in Solomon Islands of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project conducted a two-day consultation with communities of Ontong Java to present the results of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment carried out in May 2010.

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Kiribati to Purchase Fiji Land as “Climate Change Insurance” [viewed]

15 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the Kiribati Cabinet has recently agreed to purchase land in neighboring Fiji, as “climate change insurance” for its population. The decision comes as Kiribati President Anote Tong renews calls to the international community to address the effects of climate change threatening to submerge many of Kiribati's low-lying atolls.

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UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CARICOM Heads of Government Approve Climate-Resilient Development Plan, Agree to Hold Pre-Rio+20 Meeting on SIDS Issues [viewed]

CARICOM8 March 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have approved an implementation plan for its Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change, and have agreed to hold a special meeting prior to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) that will seek to ensure that small island developing State (SIDS) concerns are fully acknowledged in the Rio+20 outcome.

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SPREP, China Discuss Opportunities for Future Cooperation [viewed]

5 March 2012: During an official visit in Beijing, China, David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), met with China Development Gateway, the official online source of information and development tools for the Chinese Government. Sheppard provided an overview of the work of SPREP and discussed opportunities for future joint cooperation with China.

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