Oceans & Coasts

Event: Sixth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference [viewed]

This conference will be organized under the theme "Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results," and will focus on knowledge sharing on water management issues and results after 20 years of interventions. The Conference also has the objective to promote public-private partnerships in support of better water management and identification of modalities for their development. Essential focus areas include sustaining a global effort in providing robust, periodic assessments of the state of the marine environment to address emerging issues, such as ocean acidification; addressing the particular vulnerabilities of small island developing States (SIDS); and restoring habitat and biodiversity values.  

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ISDR Warns Against Increasing Drought Risks in Pacific Islands [viewed]

10 October 2011: Stressing the finite water resources of Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stressed the need put in place comprehensive risk reduction measures to reduce their vulnerability to climate change.

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UNESCO Divisions Raise Awareness on Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

7 October 2011: Several divisions of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are supporting the Multi One Attitude Foundation in developing an awareness programme on water scarcity and ocean conservation.

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Event: GEF 42nd Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programmes. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet for three days, twice each year.  

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IMF Review of Marshall Islands Highlights Climate Change Risks [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its annual Article IV consultations with Marshall Islands, citing a strong economic recovery since 2009 while cautioning that long-term risks include energy supply and impacts of climate change.

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Event: GEF 41st Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programs. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet twice each year for three days.  

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

Human Rights Council30 September 2011: The Human Rights Council closed its 18th regular session, adopting 33 texts on a wide range of issues, including a resolution on human rights and climate change (A/HRC/18/L26/Rev.1), in which the Council reiterates its concern that climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world, and has adverse implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Announces Renewable Energy Project in Cook Islands [viewed]

3 October 2011: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced the approval of US$1 million funding for a solar power project on Rakahanga in the Cook Islands.

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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Adaptation Challenges for Global Ports [viewed]

UNCTAD30 September 2011: Experts attending the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports," organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), discussed strategies to adapt ports and transport systems in different parts of the world to the impacts of climate change.

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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