Oceans & Coasts

UN Secretary-General Calls for Asia's Involvement in the Fight Against Climate Change [viewed]

16 June 2009: In a video message to the High-Level Dialogue: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, which was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that 2009 is the year of climate change and listed its impacts in the Asian region, including shrinking glaciers that threaten water supplies and food security, rising sea levels, desertification and land degradation.

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UN/ISDR Presents Reports on Disaster Risk and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN12 June 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) presented two reports on risk reduction, adaptation and insurance within the context of climate change, at a side event held during the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Life [viewed]

8 June 2009: World Oceans Day was celebrated officially for the first time on 8 June. The 2009 event focused on the theme “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility.” In a message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the impacts of human activities on marine life, emphasizing that climate change causes sea temperature increases, sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

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CCS High-Level Conference Concludes [viewed]

© CCS Norway31 May 2009: Organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Ministry of the Environment, the High-Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) took place in Bergen, Norway, from 27-28 May 2009.

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Ramsar's Standing Committee Tasks its Scientific Panel to Review Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

© RAMSAR26 May 2009: During its 40th meeting, which took place from 11-15 May 2009, in Gland, Switzerland, the Ramsar Standing Committee approved the Scientific and Review Panel (STRP) work plan for 2009-2012.

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World Health Assembly Agrees to Climate Change and Health Action Plan [viewed]

© WHO22 May 2009: The 62nd World Health Assembly met from 18-22 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Ramsar Releases Preliminary Information on World Wetlands Day 2010 - Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Climate Change [viewed]

© Ramsar12 May 2009: The Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Programme of the Ramsar Secretariat has released advance information on Worlds Wetlands Day 2010, which will be celebrated on 2 February around the theme “Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Climate Change.” The theme relates to 2010 being proclaimed the International Year of Biodiversity and to the impacts of climate change for present and future wetland ecosystem health.

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IMO, ICAO AND UNFCCC HOLD CLIMATE MEETING [viewed]

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) have held a meeting in preparation for the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

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IMO, ICAO and UNFCCC Hold Preparatory Meeting to COP15 [viewed]

© UNFCCC8 May 2009: Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and Kobeh González, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), met in London, UK, on 30 April 2009, for a preparatory meeting to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UNFCCC, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

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CBD Secretariat's Quarterly Report Includes Activities on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© CBD5 May 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the quarterly report on the administration of the Convention, covering the period from January-March 2009. In relation to biodiversity and climate change, the report highlights the following activities: a capacity development workshop for the Pacific on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change (2-6 February 2009, Nadi, Fiji); and an online dialogue on the links between biodiversity, climate change adaptation and risks and vulnerabilities (9-20 March 2009) in preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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