UNESCO

Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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Event: 2014 UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference [viewed]

The 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference will be organized around the theme ‘Preparing for World Water Day 2014,' and aims to contribute to two World Water Day objectives: demonstrating the economic and social impacts of integrated approaches to water and energy; and identifying and engaging water-energy stakeholders in developing water-energy linkages. The conference will analyze and evaluate existing UN agency partnerships and discuss the way forward for achieving water and energy security through partnerships. The conference includes: a keynote address on partnership implementation; sector-specific sessions with case studies, including ones on the World Bank, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Water Mandate, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN University (UNU). The conference is expected to develop a series of case studies, information briefs and other material for World Water Day 2014 and identify lessons learned and the way forward, among other outcomes.  

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GWF Paper Proposes Defining River Basins by 'Hydrobelts' [viewed]

Global Water ForumNovember 2013: The Global Water Forum (GWF) has proposed defining river basins into eight cross-continent ‘hydrobelts' in a discussion paper titled ‘Global Hydobelts: A new method to define the world's river basins.' According to the paper, this delineation will facilitate reporting of water resources and analysis of world river basins, particularly for global change and earth system science research.

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IPBES-2 Working Documents Include Fast Track Thematic Assessments [viewed]

ipbesNovember 2013: The interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released pre-sessional working documents in advance of the second meeting of the Plenary (IPBES-2). The documents are inclusive of, inter alia, a series of fast track scoping exercises, a draft work programme, communication strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy, draft procedures for Platform deliverables and guidance on strategic partnerships.

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Event: Panel Discussion in Advance of the Second Plenary Session of the IPBES [viewed]

Sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this event will seek to increase awareness about the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and to bring participants up-to-date on the issues that will be addressed in the Second IPBES Plenary. Presentations will include an overview of the intersessional activities that have taken place in 2013, and some of the key issues that will be addressed in the Second Plenary, including the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and some of the thematic and methodological assessments that have been proposed as priorities for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018.  

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Event: IPBES Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Asia-Pacific consultation meeting is organized by the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Meeting objectives are to provide an opportunity to discuss and consider regional perspectives for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018 as well as other issues of the IPBES-2 agenda, including procedures and approaches for working with different knowledge systems and the IPBES conceptual framework.  

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Event: Informal Consultation on IPBES and Capacity Building [viewed]

This meeting will be held back-to-back with the 'High level Forum on Biodiversity and Development for Post-2015,' and aims to build further understanding and a convergence of views on how capacity building could and should be addressed in the context of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The consultation is organized by Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

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CMS Convenes CSAB Meeting to Discuss Science Conservation Linkages [viewed]

CMS25 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has concluded a series of meetings that discussed collaboration among related conventions and addressed the linkages between science and migratory species conservation. 

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Guidance on Incorporating Biodiversity-Related Conventions into Revised NBSAPs [viewed]

CBD18 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification containing a compilation of pertinent resolutions and associated tools developed under the biodiversity-related conventions, to be used by CBD parties in the process of revising and updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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