Oceans & Coasts

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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UNECE Reports on Aral Sea Basin Programme Meeting [viewed]

3 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on the development of the Third Aral Sea Basin Programme, a regional action plan for 2011- 2015 that will improve preparedness to address new challenges, including climate change.

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Mediterranean Dialogue Addresses Environment and Renewable Energy [viewed]

26 April 2010: The First Ministerial Conference on the Environment and Renewable Energy within the framework of the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue convened on 26 April 2010, in Oran, Algeria, with representatives from Northern Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Portugal) and five Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia).

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

22 April 2010: Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes leadership in environmental conservation.

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Event: MSI+5 High-Level Review [viewed]

The five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place in September 2010, during the High-Level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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IFAD Publishes Article on Adaptation in Kiribati [viewed]

14 April 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a story in their Rural Poverty Portal titled "Rising waters are threatening to destroy the homes and culture of Pacific islanders." The article outlines the impacts of sea level rise on Kiribati.

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Wadden Sea Management Plan Adopted [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 11th Trilateral Governmental Conference, hosted by Germany at Westerland on the Wadden Sea island of Sylt, next to the Danish border, took place from on 17-18 March 2010. The participating governments adopted a management plan for the entire Wadden Sea region to support action against a number of invasive alien species and in response to major challenges resulting from the effects of climate change in the coastal area, including sea level rise and shore line protection.

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