Oceans & Coasts

DOALOS Releases UNSG Report on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

8 November 2010: The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) has released the report of the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) on oceans and the law of the sea (Document A/65/69 Add.2).

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UNDP Supports Adaptation in Bangladesh [viewed]

11 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with Bangladesh's Ministry of Environment and Forest on a project to expand mangrove frontiers in coastal areas, which is expected to reduce the vulnerability of local communities to climate change and help them adapt to its effects.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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Tarawa Climate Change Conference Adopts Ambo Declaration [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Tarawa Climate Change Conference (TCCC), which met from 9-11 November 2010 in Tarawa, Kiribati, as a session of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, concluded with the release of the Ambo Declaration.

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Adaptation Fund Holds Signing Ceremony for First Project [viewed]

11 November 2010:  The Adaptation Fund held a signing ceremony in Washington, DC, US, of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Senegal for a project focused on protecting its coastline from sea level rise.

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UNDP Releases 20th Edition of Human Development Report [viewed]

4 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 20th anniversary edition of its annual flagship publication, the Human Development Report (HDR). The report is titled, "The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development."

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CARICOM Posts Draft Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy [viewed]

October 2010: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has posted the final draft of the Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which includes a section on food stability focusing on improving the food and nutrition security resilience of the region to natural and socioeconomic shocks and climate change.

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UNGA Second Committee Begins Consideration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

1 November 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) began its consideration of sustainable development on 1 November 2010, in New York, US.

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UNEP Releases Report on Protecting Arctic Biodiversity [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s GRID-Arendal center in Norway has released a report entitled “Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Strengths and limitations of environmental agreements.” The report details solutions to the current biodiversity crisis in the Arctic, but it stresses that conservation gains are only possible if root causes for biodiversity loss are addressed outside the Arctic.

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WMO, CBD Release Report on Climate Change and Coral Reefs [viewed]

26 October 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification.

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