Oceans & Coasts

GEO-Carbon Conference Considers Best Practices for Monitoring Carbon Fluxes [viewed]

FAO27 October 2011: The GEO-Carbon Conference, titled "Carbon in a Changing World," aimed to present scientific progress and identify gaps in obtaining policy-relevant estimates of regional carbon budgets on land and ocean. The event also focused on the building and implementation of a Global Carbon Observing System for land, oceans and atmosphere.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on G20 to Step Up for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General25 October 2011: Ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Cannes, France, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the world's largest economies to show the bold leadership needed to resolve the global economic crisis and achieve sustainable development.

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IDB Paper Highlights Microfinance Potential to Support Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a brief, authored by María Elena Gutierrez and Xavier Mommens, which highlights the potential for microfinance to support climate change adaptation, as well as the risks that climate change imposes on microfinance schemes.

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UNESCO Highlights Efforts to Build Island Resilience [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Building Island Resilience," which provides an overview of the activities of the SIDS Platform, UNESCO's house-wide contribution to implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS).

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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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