UNEP Launches 2011 Sasakawa Prize [viewed]

29 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Nippon Foundation have announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Sasakawa Prize, which aims to identify innovative environmental projects in the developing world. The 2011 theme is “Forests for People and for Green Growth,” in support of the 2011 International Year of Forests.

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Event: Launch of UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

To promote actions that will protect the world's drylands from further deterioration and degradation into deserts, the United Nations will launch the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification on 16 August 2010. The Decade will be launched during the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions. The Decade of events are spearheaded by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN Secretariat in New York, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other relevant UN bodies.  

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Event: Caring for Climate/B4E Special Event [viewed]

Convened by the UN Global Compact in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Mexican Government, this event will seek to provide perspectives and policy recommendations ahead of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16) to be held in Cancún, Mexico, at the end of 2010.  

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Event: World Climate Summit [viewed]

The UN Global Compact and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) are the strategic UN partners of the World Climate Summit, which will be held during the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16), to be held in Cancún, Mexico. The Summit will convene business, finance and government leaders to discuss how to accelerate and collaborate on economic solutions to climate change.  

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Event: 42nd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The Pacific Islands Forum is a regional political and economic policy institution comprising 14 Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand. This meeting, marking the 40th anniversary of the Forum, will be hosted by the Government of New Zealand. The schedule is as follows: Smaller Island States Leaders' Meeting, and Pacific ACP Leaders' Meeting, 6 September; Official opening of the 42nd PIF, and PIF Formal Session, 7 September; Forum Leaders' Retreat, 8 September; 23rd Post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session, 9 September. Among other issues, the meeting will consider options for climate change resourcing.  

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High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Briefs UNFCCC Parties [viewed]

5 August 2010: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) convened its third briefing to UNFCCC parties on 5 August 2010, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC talks in Bonn, Germany.

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Pacific Islands Forum Communiqué Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

5 August 2010: The 41st meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, which took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 4-5 August 2010, concluded with the issuance of a Communiqué, which contains a section on climate change.

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IFAD Supports Adaptation Efforts in Central America [viewed]

5 August 2010: On a recent visit to Guatemala, Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called attention to regional needs and approaches to fund green programmes to assist in climate change adaptation.

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IFPRI Releases Report on Agriculture Adaptation Strategies in African Countries [viewed]

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper titled "Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa."

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Greening the Blue Poll Shows Support for Purchase of Carbon Offsets [viewed]

4 August 2010: An informal poll carried out on the UN Greening the Blue website shows support for the UN purchasing of carbon offsets.

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