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International Year of Water Cooperation Closes with Post-2015 Agenda Inputs [viewed]

International Year of Water Cooperation6 December 2013: Participants at the closing ceremony of the International Year of Water Cooperation reflected on achievements during the Year, discussed fostering further cooperation and considered the way forward, with a focus on water and the post-2015 development agenda.

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IPBES-2 Adopts the Antalya Consensus, Appoints First Executive Secretary [viewed]

ipbes214 December 2013: The second session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) concluded with the adoption of the Antalya Consensus, a set of decisions detailing the Platform's work programme, operating procedures and relationship with the UN. The Plenary also announced the appointment of Anne Larigauderie as the first IPBES Executive Secretary.

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GWF Showcases Solutions to Peri-Urban Water Access in South Asia [viewed]

Global Water ForumDecember 2013: The Global Water Forum (GWF) published a discussion paper that examines transboundary solutions to the peri-urban water access deficit in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) using case study examples from Bangladesh and India.

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Central African Biodiversity Working Group Discusses CBD and IPBES-Related Issues [viewed]

cbfpDecember 2013: The 18th meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group, established under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), gathered representatives of Central African countries to review activities related to national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), prepare for the second plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) and adopt the Working Group's 2014 roadmap.

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UNESCO, WMO Enhance Cooperation on Hydrology and Water Resources [viewed]

unesco-wmo27 November 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have signed an agreement reaffirming their long-term cooperation in the field of hydrology and water resources.

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Workshop Seeks to Guide Research, Science-Based Adaptation Strategies in the Andean Region [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE28 November 2013: 'The Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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Event: Closing Ceremony of the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation [viewed]

The Closing Ceremony of the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation will take place 5-6 December in Mexico City, Mexico. This ceremony will provide a synthesis of the achievements of the International Year, explore modalities to further water cooperation and set the agenda for the follow-up of the International Year. The Closing Ceremony is organized by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water with the support of the Government of Mexico through the National Water Commission (CONAGUA). The Ceremony will include high level panels on the global perspectives of water security and cooperation, on the milestone events and on UN activities that took place during the Year. Round table discussions on the key messages of the International Year will be held and the ceremony will be concluded with the spotlight on the way ahead, including a focus on water in the preparations for the post-2015 Development Agenda. Those interested in participating can register online by 28 November 2013.  

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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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