Oceans & Coasts

Scientists at UNESCO Forum Call for Action to Halt Rising Acidity in World's Oceans [viewed]

Marine scientists warn that coral reefs are in danger from climate changes and ocean acidification. Most ocean regions could become inhospitable to coral reefs by 2050 if atmospheric CO2 levels continue to increase, they say. (Photo : JoAnne Ford/IAEA)

2 February 2009: Over 150 leading marine scientists from 26 countries are calling for immediate action by government leaders worldwide to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions so as to avoid widespread and severe damage to marine ecosystems from ocean acidification. The call was made with the release of the Monaco Declaration on Ocean Acidification, which was developed by participants attending a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World,” from 6-9 October 2008, in Monaco.

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CBD Executive Secretary on World Wetlands Day: Climate Change Impacts the Water Cycle [viewed]

Poster of World Wetlands Day

2 February 2009: On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February 2009, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, delivered a message stressing the need for integrated management of land and water.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on “Weather, Climate and the Air We Breathe” [viewed]

Weather, climate and the air we breathe

29 January 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its latest Bulletin, which focuses on World Meteorological Day, to be celebrated on 23 March and focused on the theme: “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

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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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