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UNFCCC Reports on Capacity Building Activities in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC28 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report to support the Subsidiary Body for Implementation's (SBI) annual monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries.

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EC Launches Consultation on International Climate Agreement [viewed]

EC26 March 2013: The European Commission has launched a Communication, titled “The 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Shaping International Climate Policy Beyond 2020,” which kick starts a public consultation on how to design the 2015 Climate Agreement being negotiated through the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) under the UNFCCC.

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Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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Pacific Energy Summit Secures Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding [viewed]

26 March 2013: The Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, which brought together Pacific Island leaders, international investment and development banks, aid donor countries and private sector representatives, resulted in funding commitments of US$635 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Pacific Island countries.

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GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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FAO Releases Videos on Forests [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of videos on forests in Algeria, Tanzania and the Mediterranean region in celebration of the first International Day of Forests, held 21 March 2013.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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UNDP Highlights Water Cooperation Projects Around the World [viewed]

22 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a pledge of US$2 million from the Coca-Cola Company to Every Drop Matters, a collaboration between UNDP and the company. Every Drop Matters aims to address global challenges related to climate change, water management, sanitation and water supply. 

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Meeting of the EC Environment Council Discusses Biofuels Policy, Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 March 2013: The first Environment Council of the European Commission under the Irish Presidency, held on 21 March 2013, included policy debates on: the European Commission's proposal to minimize the climate change impacts of biofuels; proposed changes to the directive on environmental impact assessments; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

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FAO Releases Report on the State of Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled “State of Mediterranean Forests 2013,” which details the social and environmental changes affecting forests in the Mediterranean region, as well as the contributions that forests make to agriculture, water, energy, tourism and other economic sectors.

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