WMO Celebrates World Meteorological Day [viewed]

23 March 2010: Each year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), its 189 members and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This year, the theme is “60 years of service for your safety and well-being.” The Day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization.

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Caribbean Region Reviews MSI Implementation [viewed]

22 March 2010: The Caribbean Regional meeting for the Five Year Review of the Mauritius Strategy for the further implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (MSI+5) convened in St. George's, Grenada, on 16 and 18 March 2010.

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ECOSOC Holds Special High-Level Meeting [viewed]

19 March 2010: A Special high-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), took place on 18-19 March 2010, in New York, US, under the theme “Building on Monterrey and Doha: towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.” During the meeting, participants highlighted climate change as a pressing challenge for international financial institutions.

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CIF Meetings Conclude [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held several back-to-back meetings from 15-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where plans were unveiled to mobilize some US$40 billion for country-led low carbon growth.

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UNECE Publishes Study on Financing Mitigation [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) released a study in its Energy Series titled “Financing Global Climate Change Mitigation,” as the result of work conducted by all five UN Regional Commissions in the context of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) Project, launched in December 2008 by UNECE.

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OECD Publishes Report on Microfinance for Adaptation [viewed]

12 February 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper on "Assessing the Role of Microfinance in Fostering Adaptation to Climate Change," which focuses on delivery mechanisms to channel adaptation resources towards the poor, who are also often the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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Event: WMO Training Workshop on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems with focus on Institutional Partnerships and Cooperation [viewed]

This workshop will bring together senior executives from National Disaster Risk Management agencies, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and all agencies supporting early warning systems in the region. The purpose is to enhance early warning system capacities for saving lives by fostering cooperation among all those involved and linking to latest developments in forecasting.  

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Event: Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development [viewed]

This meeting, which is supported by members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, will examine the need for investment in agricultural research and the roles that can be played by various institutions to increase the impact of new knowledge among the poor.  

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Event: UNFCCC COP 16 and COP/MOP 6 [viewed]

The 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) will be held in Mexico. The 33rd meetings of the SBI and SBSTA will also convene at this time.  

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Guest Article #38: Water, development and climate change [viewed]

Water does not specifically appear in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change language on adaptation. There is however no doubt of the central and cross-cutting role water resource management plays in climate adaptation. In essence, water is central to development and climate change impacts on both water and development.

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