FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation [viewed]

2 April 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released its third newsletter, which presents activities, studies and projects on adaptation of forests to climate change across the Mediterranean region.

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UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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WMO Addresses Measurement Challenges in Climate Change Monitoring [viewed]

1 April 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Bureau for Weights and Measures organized a workshop on “Measurement Challenges for Global Observation Systems for Climate Change Monitoring — Traceability, Stability and Uncertainty” from 1-3 April 2010, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The event aimed to explore ways to deliver more accurate and reliable observations of the Earth's climate.

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WHO Editorial Discusses Public Perceptions of Climate Change [viewed]

31 March 2010: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) features an editorial titled “Science, media and public perception: implications for climate and health policies.”

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European Commission Adopts Proposal on Global Health [viewed]

31 March 2010: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, is holding bilateral talks on climate change with developed and developing countries, to follow up on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Hedegaard visited the US and Mexico in early March 2010, met with the Chinese delegation in late March in Brussels, Belgium, and will visit Maldives and India in early April.

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US and Japan Announce APEC Initiatives [viewed]

29 March 2010: Japan and the US, as hosts of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2010 and 2011 respectively, have announced initiatives they will undertake in their work with the APEC economies, as they seek increased cooperation in the design of a new growth paradigm for the region, to promote balanced, inclusive, environmentally sustainable and knowledge-based growth.

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UN to Launch UN Development Assistance Framework in China [viewed]

29 March 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has announced that the UN, in cooperation with the Government of China, will launch the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for China 2011-2015, on 1 April 2010, in Beijing, China. A key overall focus area is that the Chinese Government and other stakeholders ensure environmental sustainability, address climate change, and promote a green, low carbon economy.

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AfricaRice Project Studies Climate Change and Rice Diseases [viewed]

March 2010: AfricaRice, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has initiated a project on the relationship between plant disease and climate change called “Mitigating the impact of climate change on rice disease resistance in East Africa.”

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CSO Representative Reviews UN-REDD and World Bank's Forest Carbon Facility [viewed]

March 2010: Global Witness, a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board, has submitted an assessment of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness-Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) and Joint Program Documents (JPDs) of the UN-REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) Programme. A key finding of the assessment is the need for further guidance on non-carbon monitoring from the FCPF, the UN-REDD Programme, and the international community.

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Event: International Symposium on Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries: Forecasting Impacts, Assessing Ecosystem Responses and Evaluating Management Strategies [viewed]

This symposium is supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES). Participants will: discuss techniques for investigating the impacts of climate change on populations of fish and shellfish in capture and cultured fisheries; examine observational, analytical and modelling approaches; identify analytical techniques for forecasting climate change impacts on marine fish and shellfish populations; and discuss policies and strategies for society and users of marine resources to consider in the face of a changing climate and altered marine ecosystems.  

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