Oceans & Coasts

UNFCCC Releases IGO Submissions [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from international governmental organizations (IGOs) containing views that the Chair may draw upon in the preparation of draft text for consideration by parties at the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) to be held from 1-11 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNEP-WCMC Launches Global Island Database [viewed]

10 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) launched the Global Island Database (GID) during the small island developing States (SIDS) Day held during the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, US, on 10 May 2010. The GID reflects five of the themes important for islands, as identified by the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPoW) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely biodiversity, climate change, invasive species, pollution and sustainability.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Welcomes Initiative on Climate Change [viewed]

30 April 2010: The 184th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took place in Paris, France, from 30 March-15 April 2010. Among other agenda items, the Board took note of UNESCO's ongoing work on climate change and welcomed the new Initiative on Climate Change, which will give special attention to UNESCO's two global priorities, Africa and gender equality, as well as to the increased vulnerability of small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNESCAP 66th Commission Session Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

17 May 2010: The 66th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is convening from 13-19 May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The event is gathering representatives from 53 regional countries and nine associate States and comprises a Senior Officials Segment from 13-15 May, and a Ministerial Segment from 17-19 May.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Preview Report [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has produced  “Green Economy Report: A preview” on the occasion of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), taking place from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The brochure, based on draft material available to date, provides a first preview of three sectors that will be examined by the report, namely fisheries, transport and water. It also highlights investment and policy reform opportunities to transition to a Green Economy.

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CBD Releases April Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

13 May 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the April issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, which includes a report on the recently held workshop on regional action to combat invasive species on islands to preserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change.

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IMO Secretary-General Meets EC Commissioner for Climate Action [viewed]

11 May 2010: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, met Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at the Organization's headquarters in London, UK, on 11 May 2010, to discuss issues of mutual concern.

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Ramsar's Standing Committee Holds 41st Meeting [viewed]

11 May 2010: The 41st meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Rasmar Convention on Wetlands took place in Kobuleti, Georgia, from 26 April-1 May 2010. Opening the meeting, Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia, emphasized the importance of wetlands, especially in the era of climate change and increased potential for disasters.

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SIDS Day at CSD 18 Discusses Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy [viewed]

10 May 2010: On 10 May 2010, delegates at the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) considered the CSD 18 thematic topics as they relate to small island developing States (SIDS) and conducted a review of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (PrepCom for MSI+5).

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Global Oceans Conference Addresses Oceans, Climate and Security [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which took place in Paris, France, from 3-7 May 2010, was organized around three thematic sessions: ensuring survival; preserving life; and improving governance. The theme ensuring survival was sub-titled "Oceans, Climate and Security -  Major Issues in Mitigation, Adaptation, and Financing in the Post-Copenhagen Climate Regime."

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