Oceans & Coasts

Pacific Islands Marine Outlook 2010 Released [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme (SPREP) has announced the release of the Pacific Marine Outlook 2010, which synthesizes current information regarding the state of, and responses to, a variety of threats for the Pacific Islands region.

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SPREP Releases 2009 Report [viewed]

November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released its annual report of activities for 2009, which covers activities related to climate change and biodiversity, among others.

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ACP Fisheries Ministers Adopt Action Plan [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second meeting of the fisheries ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, which took place in Mahe, Seychelles, from 24-25 November 2010, adopted a resolution addressing climate change and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, among other issues.

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Event: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable [viewed]

This meeting will convene in Alofi, Niue, from 14-18 March 2011, and will discuss the issue of mobilizing climate change funding in the region.  

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UNGA Second Committee Adopts Draft Resolutions on the Protection of Climate and Corals [viewed]

24 November 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted draft resolutions on the protection of climate and of coral reefs.

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World Bank Approves Environmental Projects in Mexico Ahead of COP 16 [viewed]

23 November 2010:  The World Bank has approved a package of three initiatives totaling US$713.24 million to bolster Mexico's efforts to "green" its economy. The initiatives focus on climate change public policies, efficient lighting and appliances, and adaptation.

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UNFCCC Publishes IMO and WMO Submissions [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.9) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Meteorological Organization  (WMO) under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) on ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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Event: Oceans Day at Cancun [viewed]

Discussions at this event will highlight the direct link between climate change, the health of the oceans, and human well-being, as well as the need for sufficient funding to support mitigation and adaptation actions that will minimize climate change impacts on coastal communities and ocean resources, including impacts on water supply for communities and on water allocation to ocean and coastal ecosystems.  

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Event: Joint IPCC WGI and WGII Expert Meeting on Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biology and Ecosystems [viewed]

Given progress and increasing interest from stakeholders in understanding the implications of ocean acidification, this Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Expert Meeting will discuss the rapidly advancing scientific findings on ocean acidification and its impacts since the publication of its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and will provide scientific information as an input to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).  

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UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on LDCs' Challenges [viewed]

November 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the fourth issue of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with the theme “On track to prosperity?” 

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