UN/ISDR Champion Calls for “Holistic Approach” to Flood Risk in the Philippines [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that UN/ISDR Champion, Loren Legarda of the Philippines, has called for a holistic approach to flood risk, in the form of a national integrated flood warning and response system.  

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CCCCC Update Highlights SIDS' Calls for Action on Climate [viewed]

CCCCC4 October 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the September 2011 edition of its Climate Change News Update. The edition contains a summary of major international and regional climate change-related news, highlighting calls by representatives of small island States for urgent action to mitigate climate change and to support the adaptation efforts of the poorest countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions by Saudi Arabia and Singapore on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing submissions from countries on further views on the elements for the development of a work programme and a possible forum on response measures (FCCC/SB/2011/MISC.4/Add.1).

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en.Lighten Middle East and North Africa Conference Adopts Beirut Declaration [viewed]

30 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten Partnership has announced that government officials in the Middle East and North Africa have agreed to phase-out incandescent light bulbs.

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

Human Rights Council30 September 2011: The Human Rights Council closed its 18th regular session, adopting 33 texts on a wide range of issues, including a resolution on human rights and climate change (A/HRC/18/L26/Rev.1), in which the Council reiterates its concern that climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world, and has adverse implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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EBRD Invests in Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects in Turkey [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting Turkey's investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.

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European Commission Launches Online Consultation on Fluorinated Gas Emissions [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Commission has published a report and launched a public consultation on strengthening EU measures to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases, a group of industrial gases with high global warming potential.

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Event: 2011 IEA Ministerial and Energy Business Council Meetings [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is holding its 2011 IEA Meeting of the Governing Board at Ministerial Level. The meeting will be convened under the theme "Our Energy Future: Secure, Sustainable and Together" and will focus on IEA's work on energy security, sustainability (economic and environmental) and engagement with non-member countries. In that vein, the event will host ministers from 28 IEA member countries and 9 partner countries, plus the EU (the partner countries are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and the Republic of South Africa, together with Chile and Estonia as candidates for accession). These countries represent more than two-thirds of global energy production and more than three-fourths of global demand. The Ministerial serves as an opportunity for ministers and industry leaders from all over the world to discuss major energy issues and the future of the global energy system, with 35 Executives from the IEA's Energy Business Council taking part in the opening session, themed "Government and Industry: Co-operating to secure a better energy future."  

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Event: Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium [viewed]

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is co-organising the Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium together with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.  

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GBIF Discusses Bioinformatics' Contribution to Sustainability [viewed]

GBIF5 October 2011: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Science Symposium 2011 focused on the experience gained during GBIF's first decade in building a global infrastructure for, and networks of, biodiversity informatics.

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