Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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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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World Bank Announces $280 Million Sustainable Forest Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

World Bank20 November 2013: The World Bank has announced the launch of a US$280 million BioCarbon Fund Initiative, titled 'Sustainable Forest Landscapes,' to be funded by the Governments of Norway ($135 million), the United Kingdom ($120 million) and the United States ($25 million).

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Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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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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Climate Change and Mountains Highlighted at Landscapes Forum [viewed]

Mountain Partnership16 November 2013: During the Global Landscapes Forum, which convened from 16-17 November 2013, on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, participants in a 'Building Climate Change Resilience in Mountains' group discussed the specific challenges climate change poses to mountain communities.

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Drought Experts Underscore Importance of Decentralized Small Water Retention Measures in CEE [viewed]

gwp-cee8 November 2013: Drought experts, meeting in Warsaw, Poland, from 28-29 October, underscored that decentralized small water retention measures are important sources of water during dry periods in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

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UNCCD Sets Theme for 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

UNCCD logo19 November 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that, on 17 June 2014, the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation and take place under the slogan 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' 

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CGIAR Members Document Water Resource Management in Malawi [viewed]

CCAFS18 November 2013: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WorldFish have completed a three-year project in the Chingale catchment in Malawi, to build decision support for water management in an aquaculture and small-scale irrigation activities.

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UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review Calls for Paradigm Shift in Agriculture [viewed]

UNCTAD18 September 2013: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has issued its annual Trade and Environment Review, titled 'Wake Up Before It Is Too Late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate.'

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