Oceans & Coasts

NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region [viewed]

NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region

29 January 2009: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer addressed a Seminar on Security Prospects in the High North, underscoring that the Arctic ice cap melting causes changes that will affect the whole international community, and suggested that NATO could contribute to addressing this problem through its participation in relief operations and utilizing the opportunities inherent to the NATO-Russia Council.

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UNCTAD Organizing Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and Climate Change [viewed]

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

January 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing an expert meeting on “Maritime transport and the climate change challenge.” The meeting, which will convene from 16-18 February 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to help identify relevant policy actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in maritime transport, while furthering other objectives such as transport efficiency, trade facilitation, trade competitiveness and sustainable development.

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UNU-IAS Launches Report on Innovation in Responding to Climate Change [viewed]

Innovation in Responding to Climate Change: Nanotechnology, Ocean Energy and Forestry 10 December 2008: At a side event to the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Poznań, Poland, the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) launched a new report entitled “Innovation in Responding to Climate Change: Nanotechnology, Ocean Energy and Forestry.”

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UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Gains Participants [viewed]

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7 December 2008: On the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a coalition of public, private and governmental entities, has gained new participants. 

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Regional Seas Global Meeting Adopts Statement on Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal and Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans 4 December 2008: The 10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans convened from 25-27 November 2008, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and addressed issues related to climate change and the Regional Seas Programmes, and adaptation to climate change vulnerability and sea-level rise.

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GEF Council Re-elects Monique Barbut as CEO, Approves Climate-Related Projects [viewed]

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO & Chairperson 14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.

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Event: Ramsar COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the contracting parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat will be preceded by the 44th meeting of Standing Committee planned for 4 July 2012, and an additional day of regional meetings on 5-6 July 2011, as requested by many Contracting Parties. The Standing Committee agreed that the broad theme for World Wetlands Day 2012 and COP 11 is “Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation.”  

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WMO to Organize 2009 Conference on Oceans Observation [viewed]

6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean

Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”

would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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Ramsar COP10 Adopts Resolution on Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

Lee Maanee, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea, received the Ramsar flag from Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda 4 November 2008: The 10th meeting of the Conference of the

Contracting Parties (COP10) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, held from 28

October-4 November 2008, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, adopted a resolution

addressing the impacts of climate change on wetlands.

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Ramsar COP10 Adopts Resolution on Wetlands and Biofuels [viewed]

Children from the 10 countries which have hosted Ramsar COPs presented the message of COP 10. 4 November 2008: The 10th meeting of the Conference of the

Contracting Parties (COP10) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, held from 28

October-4 November 2008 in Changwon, Republic of Korea, adopted a resolution

addressing the potential impacts of biofuel production and use on the

conservation and wise use of wetlands.

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