World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge [viewed]

22 March 2011: World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”

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UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments [viewed]

21 March 2011: On the occasion of World Forest Day, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened experts to review the status of and trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America, on 21 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar was titled, "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges."

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Nominees for Future Policy Award Announced [viewed]

21 March 2011: Nineteen forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this year's Future Policy Award, which is granted by The World Future Council in collaboration with the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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UNFCCC Receives Submissions on Market and Non-Market Mechanisms [viewed]

21 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has received 19 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.2) from parties on their views on matters relating to the establishment of one or more market-based mechanisms to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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GEF Amazon Project Delivers Biodiversity and Climate Change Benefits [viewed]

14 March 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding the second phase of the Amazon Region Protected Areas Project (ARPA), further to a successful first phase that allowed the designation of 24 million hectares as new protected areas and consolidated or established management and enforcement systems for over eight million hectares of the new protected areas.

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IDB Funds Geothermal Volcano Energy [viewed]

9 March 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$30.3 million loan to expand geothermal energy provision in Nicaragua to use the country's volcanoes as sources of clean energy for 1/12 of the households in the country.

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UNOPS Announces Green Regional Hub in Panama [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has announced it will manage the construction of a UN Regional Hub in Panama City, Panama. The Regional Hub aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Latin America.

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Food Security and Climate Change in Developing Countries [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a discussion paper titled "Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Development Issues of a Fundamental Transformation of Agriculture."

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UN/ISDR Holds Briefing on Preparations for Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR [viewed]

21 March 2011: Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the UN, together with the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a Briefing on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action and Preparations for the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – took place on 21 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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