Oceans & Coasts

UNGA General Debate Closes with Focus on Climate Change, SIDS and Rio+20 [viewed]

27 September 2011: The general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) closed on 27 September, with a number of speakers addressing the challenges posed by climate change, preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Discuss Climate Change, Awareness Raising [viewed]

23 September 2011: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held a meeting with Amb. Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the Office of Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Dominican Republic, to discuss UNESCO activities of relevance for small island developing States (SIDS) in the areas of climate change, oceans, education and awareness raising. 

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SIDS Stress the Need for Climate Change Action at UNGA [viewed]

24 September 2011: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have stressed that sustainable development is not possible while climate change threatens to swamp SIDS, and they have called on the UN to assist SIDS in combating the effects of climate change.  

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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CCCCC News Update Focuses on Prospects for Durban, UNCSD Preparations [viewed]

CCCCC19 September 2011: The 15th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) News Update features articles on the call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for climate negotiators to redouble their efforts, the small island developing States (SIDS) inter-regional preparatory meeting on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the 20th Small Island States leaders' meeting, and Caribbean regional news.

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World Bank, GEF Fund Kiribati's Adaptation Programme [viewed]

15 September 2011: The World Bank has approved the third phase of the Kiribati Adaptation Program (KAP III), a project that will invest US$10.8 million to improve the resilience of Kiribati to the impacts of climate change on freshwater supply and coastal infrastructure.

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US, Australia to Cooperate on Fisheries and Climate Change [viewed]

15 September 2011: During the ceremony held to mark the 60th anniversary of the US-Australia Alliance, the two parties charted a course for the future of the partnership as an “anchor of the Asia-Pacific.” The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, environmental sustainability, fisheries, food security, and other issues of concern to the region.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits New Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) took a number of decisions at its 15th meeting, including a decision to increase the number of National Implementing Entities to six with the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) of Belize as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) and the African Development Bank as a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE).

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IDB to Invest in Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB12 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is investing US$1.5 million to launch an initiative that will help small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas and Belize to adopt business practices to minimize the impact of climate change on productive activities.

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