Event: Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in SIDS [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing this international expert meeting, with participants primarily from small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, representatives of multilateral agencies and civil society. The conference will focus on the challenges climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development. The meeting will develop a road map and recommendations to serve as a contribution to UNFCCC COP 17, the UNCSD and the End-of-Decade Conference of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.  

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BASIC Ministers Call for Durban to Advance All Aspects of Negotiations [viewed]

28 August 2011: Ministers from the BASIC Group of countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) convened in Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 27-28 August 2011, in a meeting that formed part of South Africa's preparations for hosting the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP  17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban later this year.

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UNESCO and UNEP Release Climate Change Starter's Guidebook [viewed]

26 August 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have released a publication titled “Climate Change Starter's Guidebook,” which is intended to serve as a starting point for mainstreaming climate change education into curricula lesson plans and programs.

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IRENA and REEEP Sign Partnership Agreement [viewed]

25 August 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a framework for cooperation for the next three years.

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UN Secretary-General Underlines Need for Clean Energy [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General25 August 2011: Addressing the participants of a Roundtable on Sustainable Energy for All at the University of Denver, as well as at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underlined the need for countries to move down a clean energy pathway.

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Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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WMO Secretary-General Elected Chair of UN-Water [viewed]

25 August 2011: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, has been elected as the Chair of UN-Water for a two year term.

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UNFCCC Publishes Estonia's Fifth National Communication Report Review [viewed]

UNFCCC24 August 2011: The UNFCCC has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/EST) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Estonia.

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UN/ISDR Calls for Smarter Water Management to Reduce Disaster Risks [viewed]

24 August 2011: During World Water Week, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) called for increased investments in disaster-resilient infrastructure as well as smarter water management to avoid drought, floods and other water-related disasters, particularly in urban areas.

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CCCCC and CCRIF Forge Partnership to Develop Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

23 August 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  to formalize their growing collaboration in assisting Caribbean countries to develop climate change adaptation strategies. 

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