Near East

Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Highlights PES and REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO21 September 2011: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that works on forest issues in the Mediterranean region, has released the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, which reports on recent forest-related activities within the Mediterranean region, including a regional conference on payments of ecosystem services (PES) and a project on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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ESCWA, UNECE Meeting Addresses Transport Emissions Reductions [viewed]

5 July 2011: A meeting of regional and international experts on “Promoting Emissions Reductions in the Transport Sector” was convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Africa (ESCWA) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Gas Centre from 5-6 July 2011, in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss the transport sector's impact on climate change.

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FAO Near East Regional Meeting Develops Declaration on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held its Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East in Beirut, Lebanon, from 27-29 June 2011, with a focus on agriculture and food security.

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UNESCO, IHP Organize G-WADI Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management [viewed]

5 July 2011: The Regional G-WADI Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones was organized on the initiative of the Tehran Office of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Iran, to address: monitoring and modeling climate change; dealing with impacts of climate change; formulating adaptation strategies to climate change; and introducing international initiatives and activities of UNESCO in Iran.

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Africa and Arab Regional Workshop Addresses Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Disasters [viewed]

24 June 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, has organized the first in a series of three regional workshops focusing on the linkages among climate change, environmental degradation and disasters, and how to mainstream them in country programming.

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General Assembly Elects President of 66th Session [viewed]

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar addresses the General Assembly following his election as President of the 66th session22 June 2011:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclamation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar) to be its next President. He will succeed Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) when he takes over the presidency in mid-September 2011 as the 66th session of the Assembly begins.

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UN/ISDR, UN-HABITAT and UNDP Convene Disaster Reduction Workshop [viewed]

Photo courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikaros_images/5147719227/20 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kuwait convened a workshop on "Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Strategy in the Gulf States," which aimed to enhance stakeholder awareness and knowledge of disaster risk reduction (DRR) trends and policies in the context of urban planning, taking into account the risks and challenges faced by cities in a changing climate.

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