Event: Climate Change through the Lens of Vulnerability and Human Rights [viewed]

This event will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 11-12 October 2010, and will precede the Seventh Africa Development Forum, held at the same venue from 10-15 October. Participants will examine how the impoverished, socially excluded and vulnerable groups can engage in, and benefit from, adaptation processes.  

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Guest Article #51: Water, Health and Climate Change - How to Adapt Water Supply and Sanitation to the Changing Climate? [viewed]

Climate change clearly has health impacts which are mostly related to water. Health hazards may be caused by extreme temperatures, an increase in water temperature, water scarcity, and chemical and biological contamination of water used for different purposes (including food production and processing). Increasing water scarcity may limit access to water for drinking water and sanitation, increase the concentration of pollutants, reduce the self-cleaning capacity of sewers and limit the ability of natural ecosystems to assimilate wastes.

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Coordinator of High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Briefs UN Delegates [viewed]

23 November 2010: An informal meeting of the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 November 2010, to hear a briefing by Daniele Violetti, Coordinator of the Secretariat for the Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, on the Group's final report.

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Africa Water Week Addresses Climate and Development [viewed]

23 November 2010: In an opening statement to the Climate, Water and Development Segment of the Third African Water Week, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU), addressed the links between climate change, water, infrastructure and livelihoods.

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2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report Released [viewed]

23 November 2010: The 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report was released on 23 November 2010, by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, to provide an overview of work undertaken from May 2009 to mid 2010 by Forum Island member countries and the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies to implement the Pacific Plan priorities endorsed in 2009.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Regional Training Programme on Technology Transfer Project Preparation [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of its regional training programme on preparing technology transfer projects for financing, which took place between 2008 and 2010 (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.6).

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Areas for Agreement [viewed]

22 November 2010: In his address to the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted deforestation, adaptation, technology, capacity building and the future of the Kyoto Protocol as areas that are "ripe for agreement."

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Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning Discusses COP 16 at Press Conference [viewed]

22 November 2010: At a press conference on the upcoming Cancun Climate Change Conference, Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, stated that progress could be achieved on a number of issues, namely deforestation, technology transfer and stronger financing.

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UNU Hosts Japan Iceland Geothermal Forum [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UN University-hosted "Japan Iceland Geothermal Forum 2010" focused on: the potential for geothermal energy both technically and financially to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change; the cooperation possibilities between Japan and Iceland, including development and financing; the challenges of geothermal use; the possibilities for further development of geothermal technologies; the role of governments in development of geothermal energy; and the strengths of the Japanese and Icelandic models.

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GEF Council Expands Small Grants Programme [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 39th Meeting of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council approved US$134 million for the next phase of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which awards up to US$50,000 in funds for  projects by civil society and community based organizations.

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