Oceans & Coasts

WMO Highlights Collaboration with UNESCO's IOC at Anniversary Event [viewed]

IOC 50th anniversary22 June 2011: The closing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed to promote international awareness of, and involvement in, ocean science.

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Mangroves and Coral Reefs Initiative in the Americas Discusses Strategic Framework [viewed]

Mangroves and Coral Reefs Initiative in the Americas Discusses Strategic Framework21 June 2011: The Second Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Coral Reefs in the Americas was co-organized by the Ecuadorian and Mexican Governments in coordination with the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). Opening the meeting, Marcela Aguiñaga, Minister of Environment of Ecuador, highlighted the importance of mangrove and coral reefs ecosystems in the region, emphasizing the need to include mitigation and adaptation strategies in the context of climate change.

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GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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PIFS Announces First Country to Access the Pacific Environment Community Fund [viewed]

PIF17 June 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced that the Government of Samoa is the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund. The PEC Fund is a commitment of US$66 million by the Government of Japan to support Forum Island Country (FIC) projects on the provision of solar power generation systems and sea water desalination plants.

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UNIDO's Magazine Highlights Benefits of Agribusiness [viewed]

Making It: Industry for Development - Agribusiness: From farm to forkJune 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the sixth edition of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development.” The newest edition is sub-titled “Agribusiness: From farm to fork.”

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Bonn Talks Focus on Agendas of the Subsidiary Bodies [viewed]

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat17 June 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference June 2011 centered on the agendas of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies during the first week, with agreement reached to launch work on some agenda items, while the Ad Hoc Working Groups made some progress on their agendas but recognized that much work remains before the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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Secretary-General Issues Report on Oceans and Law of the Sea [viewed]

UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the law of the SeaJune 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a report of the Secretary-General on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea,” ahead of the 12th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

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SPREP Announces Progress on Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)15 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced progress on implementation of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in the Marshall Islands, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between key stakeholders in the country.

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ITF Transport Outlook Considers Mobility in 2050 [viewed]

Transport Outlook 201125 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Transport Outlook 2011: Meeting the Needs of 9 Billion People,” that looks at future transport challenges and "very long run" trends in the coming decades.

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UNDP Co-Produces Documentary on Shrinking Himalayan Glaciers [viewed]

UNDP14 June 2011: A 45-minute documentary film, co-produced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Arrowhead Films, focuses on how the melting glaciers of Himalayan mountains and rising sea-levels are affecting the lives and livelihoods of an estimated 1.3 billion people in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

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