Europe

Budapest Water Summit Calls for a Water-related Post-2015 Goal [viewed]

budapest-water-summit11 October 2013: The Budapest Water Summit brought together participants representing governments, international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector. The Summit discussed, in particular, the developments within and without the UN system on the development of water-related goals for the post-2015 development agenda.

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COMESA Receives US$100 Million to Support Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

ComesaOctober 2013: The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Climate Initiative has announced that it has received US$100 million from development partners to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, including climate proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the region.

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Event: GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Ministerial Summit [viewed]

The GEO-X Plenary Session will preceed the 2014 GEO Geneva Ministerial Summit on 13 January. Membership in GEO is open to all member States of the United Nations and to the European Commission. Membership in GEO is contingent upon formal endorsement of the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan, and all members belong to a regional caucus.  

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EU Over-Delivered on Kyoto Commitments: EEA Assessments [viewed]

EEA9 October 2013: Two assessments by the European Environment Agency (EEA) indicate that the EU is on track to meet its common targets for greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The assessments show that all member States are on track in at least one target area, although no member State is on track to meet all three.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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ECLAC Launches Database on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

ECLAC2 October 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched an interactive, web-based database aimed at helping Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries in planning coastal management and preventive measures to adapt to the effects of climate change on their coastal zones.

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UNESCO Presents Views on Water Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCOSeptember 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled 'Free Flow. Reaching Water Security through Cooperation,' which was published in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The report brings together a range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation.

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UNGA High-Level Debate Concludes with Focus on Lessons from the MDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: The 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate concluded its discussions on “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.” Speakers discussed lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasized connections between development and peace and security, and supported action on climate change.

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Leaders Underscore Climate, Oceans Issues in 68th Debate [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2013: Leaders speaking at the High-level Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 September 2013, in New York, US, again focused on 'setting the stage' for the post-2015 development agenda. Heads of State and ministers underscored lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposed principles and issues for inclusion, such as cross-cutting issues, climate change and oceans.

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UNFCCC Publishes SB Documents on Response Measures, Support for Developing Countries' Mitigation [viewed]

UNFCCC20 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three documents on the implementation of the impact of response measures, and on support for developing countries' mitigation actions, for consideration by countries at the upcoming Climate Change Conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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