Event: World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on 17 June. The UNCCD Secretariat has selected the following theme for the 2010 Day: "Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere." This theme was selected to emphasize the relationship between soil and biodiversity during International Year of Biodiversity.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases First Issue of its Newsletter for 2010 [viewed]

2 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the first edition of its newsletter for 2010. The issue includes updates on topics discussed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and looks ahead to upcoming meetings and events.

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World Bank Launches Book on Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

2 March 2010: The World Bank has launched a book titled "Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change," which features examples of World Bank projects applying ecosystem-based approaches.

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EU Increases Funding to Neighboring Countries for Climate Projects [viewed]

2 March 2010: The EU has announced increased funding of up to EUR 2 billion, for the period 2011-2013, to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration between the EU and its neighbors. Funding will be used for, among other things, projects in the areas of climate change, transport, energy and environment.

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UN Secretary-General in Los Angeles to Mobilize Support for Addressing Global Issues [viewed]

1 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is travelling to Los Angeles, US, from 28 February-2 March 2010, to meet with members of the creative community to mobilize support for the goals and mission of the UN, including its efforts to deal with climate change, global hunger and the financial crisis. Ban's travels are carried out under the framework of the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), a collaboration of the UN with the entertainment industry on a number of projects that aims to raise the profile of critical global issues in partnership with the international film and television industries.

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International Conference Adopts Declaration on Biodiversity Conservation and Use in an Era of Climate Change [viewed]

17 February 2010: The International Conference on Biodiversity in Relation to Food and Human Security in a Warming Planet convened in Chennai, India, from 15-17 February 2010, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a number of other intergovernmental organizations.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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Guest Article #35: Why Has It Not Been Possible to Reach Agreement on Climate Change? [viewed]

The failure of the recent climate change negotiation in Copenhagen is partly due to the complexity of the issue at stake, and to the absence of clear and effective mechanisms for dealing with a negotiation of this nature.

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International Conference Agrees to Develop the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2 March 2010: The fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-27 February 2010.

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UN-REDD Publishes Study on REDD-Compliant Benefit Sharing System for Viet Nam [viewed]

1 March  2010: The UN-REDD Programme and the Viet Nam Department of Forestry have produced a study titled "Design of a REDD-Compliant Benefit Distribution System for Viet Nam," which identifies constraints that need to be addressed in order to create such a system and outlines policy recommendations to address them.

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