UNFCCC November Newsletter Focuses on Cancun [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the November issue of its newsletter, which focuses on the upcoming sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), taking place from 29 November to 10 December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico.

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UNEP Releases Atlas on Africa's Water Resources [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the "New Africa Water Atlas," which shows how the challenges of water scarcity in Africa are compounded by high population growth, socioeconomic and climate change impacts and, in some cases, policy choices.

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UNGA Second Committee Adopts Draft Resolutions on the Protection of Climate and Corals [viewed]

24 November 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted draft resolutions on the protection of climate and of coral reefs.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on NEEDS Project [viewed]

24 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the "Synthesis report on the National Economic, Environment and Development Study (NEEDS) for Climate Change Project," which synthesizes the information contained in the reports of ten of the countries that participated in the project (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.7).

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World Bank Approves Environmental Projects in Mexico Ahead of COP 16 [viewed]

23 November 2010:  The World Bank has approved a package of three initiatives totaling US$713.24 million to bolster Mexico's efforts to "green" its economy. The initiatives focus on climate change public policies, efficient lighting and appliances, and adaptation.

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Event: UNCCD Technical Workshop on Impact Indicator Refinement [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, under the guidance of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) Bureau, is currently undertaking a scientific peer review of the relevance, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the impact indicators identified at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9). It is in this context that this technical workshop will be convened. The workshop will target scientists, experts, managers and practitioners that have experience in the development and implementation of impact indicators, particularly for monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation. Meeting participants are expected to contribute to the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators provisionally accepted at COP 9 and, ultimately, to the establishment of a scientifically rigorous and credible assessment of the impact of desertification and land degradation at the national, regional and global levels.  

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UNECE Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events Adopted [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health, which convened from 23-25 November 2010, in Bucharest, Romania, adopted the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events.

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FAO Releases Survey on National Actions to Safeguard Animal Genetic Diversity [viewed]

24 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the Results of Informal Surveys on Progress in Country Implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, which describes steps by an increasing number of countries to better manage genetic diversity of livestock, which notes that ten countries have begun implementing national strategies and 28 more are in the process of developing one.

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UNFCCC Publishes Study on the CDM's Contribution to Technology Transfer [viewed]

24 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a study on the contribution of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to technology transfer to developing countries, which concludes that the CDM has been a key driver of technology transfer in developing countries.

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WMO Bulletin Highlights Record GHG Levels [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch Programme has released the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which tracks observations of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) through 2009.

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