Africa Regional Implementation Meeting Prepares for CSD 18 [viewed]

Uneca27 October 2009: Director of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Food and Security and Sustainable Development Josue Dione welcomed participants to the sixth session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development, which is meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and reported on ECA's implementation of its 2008-2009 work programme, especially with regard to land policy, agricultural development, food security and the challenges of climate change.

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GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Highlights Large Marine Ecosystems Are Warming More Rapidly Than Expected [viewed]

GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Highlights Large Marine Ecosystems Are Warming More Rapidly Than Expected 27 October 2009: The Fifth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference, co-hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Australia, gathered over 300 of the world's leading water specialists to identify practical measures for coping with climatic variability. The Conference convened from 24-29 October 2009, at the Australian Great Barrier Reef, and featured new research on protecting coral reefs, adapting to the accelerated warming of coastal oceans, and adjusting to the movement of fisheries away from warming, polluted waters.

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UN Regional Commissions Exchange Views on Climate Change Economic Impacts [viewed]

Unga27 October 2009: The UN General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held an interactive dialogue with Heads of the UN Regional Commissions on 27 October 2009, on “regional perspectives on the economic impacts of climate change.”

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UN/ISDR Co-Hosts 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Un-isdr26 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) co-hosted the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction on 26 October 2009.

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World Bank Launches MultiCat Program to Insure Against Floods, Hurricanes and Wind Storms [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 October 2009: The World Bank launched the MultiCat Program – a catastrophe bond issuance platform that gives governments and other public entities access to international capital markets to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters. The types of events that may be insured are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other wind storms.

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ADB Studies Climate Change Resilience in the Asian Agriculture Sector [viewed]

wordbankpressreleaseOctober 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report on the impact of climate change on Asia and the Pacific's agriculture sector, highlighting that agriculture will pose a significant development challenge for Asia in the present century. The report, titled “ADB Building Climate Resilience in the Agriculture Sector of Asia and the Pacific,” discusses building climate change resilience into the agriculture sector in Asia.

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World Bank Highlights Opportunities and Challenges for Adaptation in Agriculture [viewed]

agricultural-developmentAugust 2009: The World Bank published a report that identifies and summarizes potential climate change impacts on agriculture in the developing world, examines causes of vulnerability, and suggests where investments are needed to better climate-proof agriculture.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Carbon Footprint Fact Sheet [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Carbon Footprint Fact Sheet28 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a fact sheet on minimizing the Copenhagen footprint. It outlines the steps that the Danish Government is taking to minimize emissions by implementing a range of energy saving measures at the conference site to reach a 20% reduction in CO2 leading up to COP 15.

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IAEA Begins Conference on the Future Role of Nuclear Energy [viewed]

Iaea27 October 2009: More than 260 participants from 54 member States have gathered in Vienna, Austria, to attend an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference exploring the role of nuclear energy in the 21st century, especially that of water cooled reactors.

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2011 Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to Address Green Economy [viewed]

2011 Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to Address Green Economy27 October 2009: The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, to be held in autumn 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan, will have two themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.”

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