UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FISeptember 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with Oceania stakeholders from 11-12 August 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was the fourth of seven UN-convened regional consultation meetings on the sustainability principles for the insurance industry.

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Event: South Pacific Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The Writeshop will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), with support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. The Writeshop will address topics relevant to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction including policies, institutions and governance issues to adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and experiences with specific extreme climate events in the region.  

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Event: Caribbean Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the University of the West Indies are calling for applications from young scholars, practitioners, policymakers and others from the Caribbean who are working in the field of climate change and disaster risk reduction to participate in a Writeshop. Through the Writeshop, participants are expected to produce a peer-review, publishable quality article and they will gain enhanced awareness of the process of writing papers for academic journals. These skills will allow their work to be eligible for incorporation into publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other high-level scientific bodies and consequently inform policy making on key issues of risk and climate.  

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Event: UNFCCC Workshop on Promoting Risk Management Approaches on the Specific Needs and Concerns of Developing Country Parties Arising from the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures [viewed]

The Subsidiary Body for Implementation, at its 33rd session, requested the UNFCCC Secretariat to organize a workshop, subject to the availability of resources, on promoting risk management approaches on the specific needs and concerns of developing country parties arising from the impact of the implementation of response measures (decision 1/CP.10), building upon the practical experience of international, regional and national organizations and the private sector, including by disseminating information on best practices and lessons learned. The workshop aims to: deepen the understanding among parties of risk management approaches on the specific needs and concerns of developing country parties arising from the impact of the implementation of response measures; and discuss ways to promote risk management approaches, building upon the practical experience of international, regional and national organizations and the private sector, including by disseminating information on best practices and lessons learned.  

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Event: The IOCCP Surface Ocean CO2 Data-to-Flux Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will bring together participants from all the communities (observational, modelling, sensor development, platform development and operations, data management) that have a strong contribution to make in enabling the goals for the next ten years for a global sea surface carbon observing system. The workshop will run as a mix of plenaries and theme focused discussion groups.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits South African Institute as a National Implementing Entity [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has accredited the South African National Institute for Biodiversity (SANBI) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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UN/ISDR Head Discusses Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released an interview with Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, carried out by Eurasylum, on the latest evidence on climate migration.

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UN Secretary-General in Sydney: "We Cannot Burn our Way to the Future" [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General8 September 2011: In a speech delivered at Sydney University in Australia at the end of his official visit in the Pacific region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the need to "connect the dots between challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, energy shortages, global health issues, food insecurity and the empowerment of the world's women."

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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SPREP, SPC and US Government Join Forces to Advance Climate Adaptation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)8 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it, along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the US Government, have initiated a partnership to advance climate change adaptation.

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