UNECA Publishes Report on Food Security [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA) has published a report that highlights the effects of climate change on food security in East Africa.

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WHO European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health Convenes [viewed]

12 March 2010: The Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which was held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, was a carbon-neutral event organized around the theme “Protecting children's health in a changing environment.” The Conference concluded with the adoption by 53 European Governments of the Parma Declaration on Health and Environment.

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Event: World Cities Summit 2010: Liveable and Sustainable Cities for the Future [viewed]

This three-day event will focus on the challenges related to urban planning, infrastructure financing, public housing, waste management, urban biodiversity and climate change. Participants will discuss how to mitigate risks and build inclusive and harmonious cities. Partners of the Summit include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN-Habitat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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GEF Replenishment Negotiations Continue [viewed]

14 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened a meeting to discuss the fifth replenishment of its Trust Fund, during which participants considered replenishment options between US$3.6-4.6 billion for the period 2010-2014.

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Stockholm Convention to Study Climate Change and POPs [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Stockholm Convention Secretariat has informed it will carry out a 12-month international study of the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment. The study, which was announced during the fifth Environment and Health Ministerial Conference held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, will involve over 10 organizations in five countries and will review the latest science to inform the assessment of current and new POPs.

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WHO, UNDP Launch Adaptation Project [viewed]

12 March 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the first global project on public health adaptation to climate change. The project involves a series of pilot projects that will seek to increase the adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to health risks associated with climate variability and change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases CDM Audio Files [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new batch of audio files in their Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Audio File Service. These new files cover the basic workings of the CDM and include topics such as additionality, the CDM programme of activities and regional distribution of CDM projects.

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UNISDR Launches Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient,” which focuses on raising political commitment to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local governments and mayors.

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IEA and WBCSD Cooperate on Low-Carbon Transitioning [viewed]

10 March 2010: Over 30 technology executives met under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on 10 March 2010, and adopted a statement on concrete action for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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UNEP-WCMC Publishes Briefing on Forest Restoration and REDD [viewed]

January 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published a briefing on the implications of the negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) for forest restoration. Prepared by Lera Miles, the briefing provides an update on negotiations under the UNFCCC, noting that the expansion of the REDD concept to REDD+ (including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) provides an opportunity for carbon-focused forest restoration efforts.

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