Event: International Conference on Capturing Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity for Crop Improvement [viewed]

Co-organized by the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Secure Project, the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), and Bioversity International, this conference will focus on new characterization techniques and conservation strategies to identify and preserve crop wild relatives and land race traits and facilitate their use to improve food security in the face of climate change.  

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UNGA Elects Sam Kutesa of Uganda as 69th UNGA President [viewed]

UNGA11 June 2014: The UN General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its 69th session. Remarking on his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UNGA President John Ashe underscored the 69th session as a critical time for the UN in elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC to Award Fellowships to Young SIDS Professionals [viewed]

UNFCCC5 June 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced a fellowship programme for young professionals from small island developing States (SIDS). In honor of the International Year of SIDS, two five-month fellowships will be awarded to individuals interested in climate adaptation and in the role of youth and gender in action on climate change.

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Guest Article #109: From Anticipation to Action - Can the Climate Technology Mechanism Offer a Solution for Sustainable Development? [viewed]

Bound by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Andes Mountains on the east and the Atacama Desert in the north, Chile is home to a wealth of biodiversity. The Chilean people depend upon the diverse natural resources created by this topography for their livelihoods. Yet as pressures on its ecosystems mount from both human activity and a changing climate, Chile recognized that it does not have the technological capacity to reliably monitor or forecast impacts on its biodiversity, which is essential to inform decision making on the sustainable use and protection of its ecosystems.

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UNEP-WCMC Brief Highlights Role of Biodiversity in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc10 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a policy brief connecting the dots between protecting biodiversity and acting on climate change. The brief, 'Addressing Climate Change: Why Biodiversity Matters,' discusses the potential negative effects of climate change mitigation programmes on biodiversity. It concludes biodiversity conservation can support climate change mitigation and adaptation goals if all potential impacts are weighed carefully in the policymaking process.

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UNFCCC Launches Capacity-building Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC10 June 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a Capacity-building Portal, a tool developed to help monitor and review capacity built to better mitigate and adapt to climate change. Users are able to customize search criteria, visualize data through interactive maps, bubbles and multicolored pie charts, line up results in tables and print them.

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Arctic Council Task Force Reviews Actions to Curb SLCPs [viewed]

Arctic Council9 June 2014: At the fourth meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force for Action on Black Carbon and Methane, delegates reviewed and discussed regional, national and international mitigation actions for possible inclusion in their final report to the Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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WEO Special Report Analyzes Future Energy Investment [viewed]

IEA3 June 2014: The world will need to invest US$40 trillion in energy supply, including US$6 trillion in renewables, and US$8 trillion in energy efficiency over the period to 2035 to meet its energy needs, according to the World Energy Investment Outlook. The International Energy Agency (IEA) published the Outlook, which projects energy demand and corresponding investment to 2035, as a World Energy Outlook (WEO) Special Report.

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UNFCCC Events Focus on Actions by Cities and Subnational Authorities [viewed]

UNFCCC10 June 2014: A Forum on Experiences and Best Practices of Cities and Subnational Authorities, as well as a Thematic Expert Meeting (TEM) on Urban Environment, convened under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The events discussed the implementation of sub-national and city-level action on mitigation and adaptation.

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GLOBE World Summit of Legislators Resolution Urges Climate Action [viewed]

world-summit9 June 2014: Participants at the Second World Summit of Legislators, organized by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), agreed on a Legislators Resolution encouraging national governments and the UN to take seven main actions, with a focus on strengthening climate change mitigation. The Summit took place on 6-8 June 2014, in Mexico City, Mexico, hosted by the Mexican Congress.

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