Oceans & Coasts

ACP MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in SIDS [viewed]

29 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the EU have released the June issue of their newsletter on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreements (ACP MEAs) project. The newest newsletter is sub-titled "The Future of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island Developing States."

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CCCCC Update Takes Stock of Bonn Climate Change Conference [viewed]

CCCCC28 June 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the 10th issue of its monthly Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news. The issue features an article on the lack of agreement on key areas at the Bonn climate change talks, held from 6-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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New IMO Secretary-General Elected [viewed]

28 June 2011: Koji Sekimizu (Japan) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012 and for an initial term of four years.

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Event: Oceans Day at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Global Ocean Forum will organize Oceans Day at Rio+20 in the Rio Conventions Pavilion parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Rio Pavilion is a collaborative effort among the Secretariats of the UNFCCC, UNCCD, CBD and the GEF. This event is expected to produce a Rio Ocean Declaration, with recommendations for advancing the sustainable development of the oceans, coasts and SIDS.  

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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Ramsar, SPREP Participate in IUCN Mangrove Conservation Meetings [viewed]

Members of the PMI Steering Committee23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) participated in a meeting of the national coordinators of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project, which followed up on progress of the project and sought to ensure that MESCAL activities fit with the new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for Pacific Islands.

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Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands will organize Oceans Day during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa.  

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Experts Highlight Role of Oceans in Sustainable Development, Climate Regulation [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day23 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) sponsored a press conference on the launch of a report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, during which marine experts panellists highlighted that changes in the oceans are being driven at an extraordinary pace, entailing a dramatic rise in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin Highlights Projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

UNDP23 June 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the sixth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels. The Bulletin reports on projects carried out in Liberia, Cape Verde, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Samoa and Cambodia.

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