Institution Selected to Organize 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the Bureau of the Convention's Committee on Science and Technology (CST) has selected Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland (GRF Davos) as the lead institution to organize the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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FAO Submission to UNFCCC Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made a submission to the UNFCCC Secretariat on "Climate Change and Food Security in the Context of the Cancun Agreement."

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme Releases March Newsletter [viewed]

31 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the March 2011 edition of its newsletter, including the announcement of a new collaborative project on Blue Carbon and recent events in which UNEP/GRID-Arendal has participated.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Exhibitions Present SIDS Response to Climate Change [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has created a multimedia project to exhibit pioneer actions implemented by small island developing States (SIDS) in the face of climate change and rising sea levels.

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ADB Supports Geothermal Power Plants in Indonesia [viewed]

30 March 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to approve a US$500 million loan to Indonesia to set up three geothermal power plants with a total capacity of 165 megawatts.

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UNFCCC Publishes Supplementary Provisional Agenda for AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

30 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a supplementary provisional agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA2011/1/Add.2) for the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14).

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UNFCCC Publishes Mitigation Submissions from Parties [viewed]

30 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published seven submissions from parties (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.6) on views on the issues relating to the a work programme for the development of modalities and guidelines listed in decisions 1/CP.16, paragraph 46, including with respect to the initial scheduling of the processes described in chapter III.A (Enhanced action on mitigation. Nationally appropriate mitigation commitments or actions (NAMAs) by developed country Parties) of the decision.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Views on Market-based Mechanisms [viewed]

30 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has  published three further submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.2/Add.1) from Cuba, Egypt and Tuvalu on views on the elaboration of market-based mechanisms.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released a report titled "Global Report on Human Settlements 2011 – Cities and Climate Change," which indicates that while cities are responsible for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they provide clear economic and social opportunities for their inhabitants if they are planned sustainably.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Capacity-building Workshop for West Africa on Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

The objective of the workshop is to build capacity to: create a national action plan for implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the Programme of Work on the themes of governance, climate change (including integrating protected areas into the wider land and seascape), sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas where applicable.  

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