Climate Change

World Meteorological Day Highlights Impacts of Weather Extremes [viewed]

WMO23 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2013, under the theme "Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property.” This year's theme focuses on the role that meteorological and water services play in alerting people to natural hazards such as floods, topical cyclones and droughts.

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CIF Reviews FIP Achievements in Stakeholder Collaboration [viewed]

24 March 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) released a learning product on stakeholder engagement in REDD+. The role of the report is to examine how the Forest Investment Program (FIP) is contributing to stakeholder engagement and collaboration throughout the REDD+ process.

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UNFCCC Workshop Addresses Ecosystem-based Approaches for Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2013: Representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and the private sector met at the UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Ecosystem-based Approaches (EbA) for Adaptation to Climate Change. Addressing participants, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley provided an update on recent developments in the intergovernmental process on climate change, and highlighted relevant aspects relating to the work on adaptation to climate change.

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FAO Releases Videos on Forests [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of videos on forests in Algeria, Tanzania and the Mediterranean region in celebration of the first International Day of Forests, held 21 March 2013.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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UNDP Highlights Water Cooperation Projects Around the World [viewed]

22 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a pledge of US$2 million from the Coca-Cola Company to Every Drop Matters, a collaboration between UNDP and the company. Every Drop Matters aims to address global challenges related to climate change, water management, sanitation and water supply. 

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UN-Water Brief Defines Water Security [viewed]

22 March 2013: The UN-Water Task Force on Water Security has released an analytical brief, titled “Water Security and the Global Water Agenda,” to mark World Water Day. The report defines water security to clarify agreement on the concept and to facilitate progress on water security in international fora, including on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and at the UN Security Council.

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Global Conference Focuses on Solutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, which took place at the University of California, Davis, US, brought together over 300 participants to discuss science-based solutions that use knowledge systems in new ways to increase the resilience of food systems and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes in the context of future uncertainty on climate change and extreme events.

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SPREP Announces Partnership with Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology [viewed]

SPREP22 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced a partnership with the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). The new partnership will involve research on marine pollution, biodiversity and ocean acidification.

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Meeting of the EC Environment Council Discusses Biofuels Policy, Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 March 2013: The first Environment Council of the European Commission under the Irish Presidency, held on 21 March 2013, included policy debates on: the European Commission's proposal to minimize the climate change impacts of biofuels; proposed changes to the directive on environmental impact assessments; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

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