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UN CC:Learn Steering Group Recommends Next Implementation Phase [viewed]

UN CC:Learn3 October 2013: The Fourth Steering Group Meeting of the UN CC:Learn reviewed progress made during the 2011-2013 pilot phase of the partnership, which brings together 33 organizations in support of the design and implementation of climate change learning.

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Adaptation Fund Releases Graphic Describing Its Activities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund18 October 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released an infographic describing the $190 million of allocated funds across projects in 28 countries. The graphic highlights the following climate impacts: hurricanes and cyclones; water supplies; flooding; coastal zones; agriculture and food security; and landslides.

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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GCF Adopts Roadmap for Climate Change Resources Mobilization [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)11 October 2013: During its fifth meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) developed a roadmap aimed at raising financial resources for the Fund to support developing countries in their efforts to address climate change.

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APEC Leaders Pledge to Promote Sustainable and Inclusive Growth [viewed]

apec8 October 2013: Ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies pledged strong commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth at the close of the 25th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on 8 October 2013.

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ADB, International Rice Research Institute Collaborate on Climate-Resilient Rice [viewed]

ADB25 September 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to develop climate-resilient rice, as part of efforts to boost productivity in water-scarce and drought-prone areas. A first technical assistance project resulted in a yield increase of up to 30% with reduced water use.

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Second Committee Discusses Development in General Debate [viewed]

UNGA11 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) conducted its General Debate for the 68th Session, held from 9-11 October 2013, in New York, US. Speakers addressed development issues of concern to their countries including in the context of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and agreeing on the post-2015 development agenda. They also addressed issues of financing for development, poverty eradication, countries in special situations, and technology transfer, while outlining important issues for a sustainable development agenda. 

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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UNFCCC Releases Documents on Response Measures, LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC9 October 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published documents for consideration by parties at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19), including: a report on the in-forum expert meeting on the impact of the implementation of response measures; a report on the 24th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG); and a synthesis report on the regional training workshops on adaptation for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for 2012-2013.

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Effective Risk Management Critical to Poverty Eradication: 2014 World Development Report [viewed]

World Bank6 October 2013: According to the World Bank Group's 2014 World Development Report (WDR), titled ‘Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development,' effective risk management is critical in the fight to end poverty because it can provide both resilience to withstand adverse events and the ability to take advantage of development opportunities.

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