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  • 28 March 2017
    UNDP: "Press Release" - World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP reportMillions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.
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  • 28 March 2017
    UNDP: "Pressemitteilung" - Marginalisierte sind zurückgelassen von globalen Entwicklungsprioritäten: Neuer UNDP-BerichtDie am meisten Marginalisierten sind noch immer zurückgelassen von den globalen Entwicklungsprioritäten: Neuer UNDP-Bericht Millionen Menschen profitieren derzeit noch nicht vom Fortschr
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  • 28 March 2017
    IPBES: Agriculture Is Part of the Pollinator Solution - Intensive Farming Can Harm or Help Pollination

    Bonn (IPBES News) – Although large-scale agriculture can be a significant threat to animal pollinators, intensive farming can also prevent pollinator decline and support sustainabl

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  • 22 March 2017
    Annual Reception for International Organizations, Old Town Hall of the City of BonnOpening remarks by Ms. Monique Barbut
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  • 22 March 2017
    UN Bonn: "Press Invite" - Presentation of the Human Development Report 2016

    PRESS INVITE OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN BONN

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  • 22 March 2017
    UN Bonn: "Presseeinladung" - Vorstellung des Berichts über die menschliche Entwicklung 2016

    Die Vereinten Nationen in Bonn in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Büro für den Bericht über die menschliche Entwicklung beim UN-Entwicklungsprogramm (UNDP) in New York lad

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  • 10 March 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: The Secretariat's History

    25 Years ASCOBANS: 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the opening for signature of ASCOBANS.

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  • 08 March 2017
    UNU: "Media Advisory" - UNU-EHS, BMBF and MIWF sign funding agreement and MoU

    What: Panel discussion on the topic of “New programs for international sustainability research at the Bonn” and the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between

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  • 08 March 2017
    UNESCO-UNEVOC celebrating International Women’s Day

    As part of its activities celebrating the International Women’s Day 2017, UNESCO-UNEVOC endeavors to draw the attention of global TVET stakeholders towards this year’s theme “

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  • 07 March 2017
    IPBES: "Press Release" - Climate Change and Biodiversity: Opportunities and RisksClimate Change and Biodiversity: Opportunities and Risks
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  • 07 March 2017
    IPBES launches new video: Science and Policy for People and Nature

    The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – is making real impact to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy - for people

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  • 03 March 2017
    CMS: Die Webseite zum Weltzugvogeltag 2017 ist online! Registrierung offen!

    Die Webseite zum Weltzugvogeltag 2017 ist nun im neuen Design online. Somit ist auch die Registrierung von Veranstaltungen offen!

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  • 03 March 2017
    CMS: The 2017 World Migratory Bird Day website is now live, the registration of events is open!

    For more than ten years now, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has raised awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their ha

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  • 02 March 2017
    UNSSC veröffentlicht Erklärvideo zur Agenda 2030 und zu den UN-Nachhaltigkeitszielen

     

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  • 02 March 2017
    UNSSC launched its 1st explainer video that introduces 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs

    Watch Explainer Video: Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development

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  • 02 March 2017
    IPBES: "Press Invite" - 5th Session of the IPBES Plenary in Bonn, Tuesday 7 March

    5th Session of the IPBES Plenary: Representatives of more than 100 States to Negotiate on Key Issues of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science & Policy

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  • 01 March 2017
    SDG: "Press release" - Global activists, business leaders and experts join the GFI4SD

    Sustainable Solutions: Global activists, business leaders and experts join the world’s first playable conference on sustainable development in Bonn

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  • 01 March 2017
    SDG: "Pressemitteilung" - Führende Vordenker und Aktivisten kommen in Bonn zum ersten GFI4SD zusammen

    Nachhaltige Lösungen: Führende Vordenker und Aktivisten kommen in Bonn bei der weltweit ersten „spielbaren“ interaktiven Konferenz zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung zusammen

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  • 22 February 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: The Outreach and Education Award

    Raising awareness and engaging the public is an important aspect of nature conservation.People protect what they care about, and to care, some knowledge is necessary.

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  • 20 February 2017
    SDG: "Presseeinladung" 1. bis 3. März Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

    Nachhaltige Lösungen: Internationale Experten und Aktivisten versammeln sich zur weltweit ersten interaktiven Konferenz zur Nachhaltigen Entwicklung, vom 1. bis 3. März in Bonn

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  • 20 February 2017
    SDG: "Press Invite" 1-3 March Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

    SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: BONN TO HOST INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS, BUSINESS LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS AT THE WORLD’S FIRST PLAYABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, 1 – 3 MARCH

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  • 16 February 2017
    UN-Chef António Guterres beim G20-Außenministertreffen in Bonn, einem Zentrum der Nachhaltigkeit

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  • 16 February 2017
    UN Chief António Guterres Attends G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bonn, a hub for Sustainability

    16 February 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is in Bonn today to engage with G20 Foreign Ministers on the issues of Africa and sustainability.

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  • 09 February 2017
    IPBES: Media Invitation & Accreditation Information to the fifth session of IPBES (IPBES-5)Media Invitation

     

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  • 08 February 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: Disentangling the Bycatch Problem

    A recent report on the health of the ocean found that worldwide the marine vertebrate population declined by 49 per cent between 1970 and 2012 (see

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  • 01 February 2017
    Wetlands Are Critical to the Success of the SDGs

    (IPBES News) – Marshes, bogs, swamps and fens are not often the focus of positive publicity, but healthy wetlands are absolutely critical to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • 01 February 2017
    Ausschreibung für „Momentum for Change Awards 2017“ läuft an: Präsentieren Sie Ihre Klimalösung!Präsentieren Sie Ihre Klimalösung und lassen Sie sich auf der UN-Klimakonferenz in Bonn ehren
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  • 01 February 2017
    Applications for 2017 Momentum for Change Awards Now Open: Submit Your Climate Solution!Submit Your Climate Solution and be Celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany
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  • 27 January 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: Saving the Harbour Porpoise in the Baltic Sea

    From the early days of the Agreement, one population caused scientists, conservationists and governments special concern: the Baltic Harbour Porpoise.

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  • 20 January 2017
    Freiwilligenprogramm der Vereinten Nationen begrüßt neuen Exekutivkoordinator, Herrn Olivier Adam

    Bonn: Am 17. Januar 2017 trat Herr Olivier Adam (Frankreich) sein Amt als neuer Exekutivkoordinator des Freiwilligenprogramms der Vereinten Nationen (UNV) in Bonn an.

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  • 20 January 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: The Birth of the Agreement

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic

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  • 20 January 2017
    The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme welcomes new Executive Coordinator, Mr. Olivier Adam

    On 17 January 2017, Mr. Olivier Adam (France) arrived in Bonn as the new Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. Mr.

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  • 13 January 2017
    PRESSEEINLADUNG: 1. Februar 2017 - EU-UN Medienstammtisch „Zukunft der Klimapolitik“

    PRESSEEINLADUNG: 1. Februar 2017 - EU-UN Medienstammtisch „Zukunft der Klimapolitik“

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  • 13 January 2017
    PRESS INVITE: 1 February 2017 - EU-UN media round table “The Future of Climate Policy”

    PRESS INVITE OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN BONN: EU-UN media round table “The Future of Climate Policy” in Bonn

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  • 19 November 2016
    Nations Take Forward Global Climate Action at 2016 UN Climate Conference

    Nations Take Forward Global Climate Action at 2016 UN Climate Conference World Leaders Issue Proclamation Underlining ‘Irreversible’ Momentum

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  • 18 November 2016
    Non-State Actors Partner with Governments to Boost Climate Action

    Non-State Actors Partner with Governments to Boost Climate Action Many More Climate Action Announcements Made at COP22

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  • 04 November 2016
    Worldwide Green Light for Climate Action as Paris Agreement Enters into Force

    Worldwide Green Light for Climate Action as Paris Agreement Enters into Force Marrakech is First UN Climate Change Conference under Global Agreement

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  • 31 October 2016
    UN Climate Talks LIVE - Stay tuned with COP22 in Marrakech!

    UN Climate Talks LIVE - produced by the United Nations Climate Change secretariat in collaboration with KPMG - was hugely s

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  • 20 October 2016
    EINLADUNG: UN-Gespräch 2016

    EINLADUNG: UN-Gespräch im Haus der Geschichte, Bonn am 28.10. - „20 Jahre UN Bonn – Unser Beitrag zur Erreichung der Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung“

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  • 20 October 2016
    INVITATION: UN Talk 2016

    INVITATION: UN Talk, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn, 28 October - ‘20 Years of UN Bonn - Our Contribution to the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals’

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  • 12 October 2016
    PRESS RELEASE: Partners for Sustainable Development through Volunteerism Discuss 2030

    (Germany, Bonn, 12 October 2016) –  On 13 and 14 October 2016, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme will host its second Partnerships Forum at the World Conference Center in Bonn.

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  • 12 October 2016
    PRESSEMITTEILUNG: Partner für nachhaltige Entwicklung durch Freiwilligenarbeit diskutieren 2030-Agenda

    (Bonn, 12. Oktober 2016) –  Am 13. und 14. Oktober 2016 veranstaltet das Freiwilligenprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (UNV) im World Conference Center Bonn sein zweites Partnerschaftsforum.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Cabinet to submit Paris climate accord to Diet

    Source: Japan Today - The Japanese cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to submit the Paris Agreement, a new global accord to curb climate change after 2020, to parliament for ratification in a move lagging behind many other major emitters.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Rapid transit key in fight against climate change: study

    Source: AFP - Big cities worldwide have expanded faster than their rapid transit systems, leading to higher levels of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and commuter misery, a report released Tuesday showed.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Rwanda sets its sights on a historic international deal

    Source: Climate Home - A luxury hotel in the shape of a Rwandan basket and a conference hall in the shape of a traditional hut are design challenges that could easily go wrong. Yet the result is surprisingly graceful.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Kenyan farmers sow resistance to drought, boosting seed demand

    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - In the late afternoon, Angelina Mwangangi, 52, is digging on her farm on a slope overlooking Iveti hill in Machakos County, southeast of Nairobi. To prevent erosion when the rains come, she has carved out terraces.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Scramble for Green Yield in Europe Has Big Power Beating Banks

    Source: Bloomberg - Some of Europe’s largest utilities are choosing to finance renewable energy projects alone instead of involving banks, leading to an unexpected gain in cash flowing into the industry that’s struggling to cope with subsidy cuts.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Analysts: Global clean energy market hit by 'worrying' investment lull

    Source: BusinessGreen - The global clean energy sector experienced a "worryingly low" level of investment during the third quarter of the year, according to the latest figures from influential analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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  • 11 October 2016
    Countries adopt Marrakesh Declaration, to reduce vulnerability to climate change

    Source: Today - Twenty-seven African countries have confirmed their commitment to placing the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) at the heart of COP22 negotiations, by adopting the AAA Initiative Marrakesh Declaration.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Climate-change hopes meet urban reality

    Source: Reuters - Hopes of averting climate change are being pitted against urban reality. Enough countries have finally just ratified last year’s United Nations Paris Accord to make it stick.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Montreal Protocol Conference Urges Flexible Phase-Out of Dangerous Gases

    Source: The New Times - The 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP28) kicked off in Kigali, yesterday, with some parties and environmentalists calling for action that will help put the world on the path toward reducing hydroflourocarbons (HFCs).

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  • 11 October 2016
    En trente ans, le réchauffement climatique a doublé les feux de forêt aux Etats-Unis

    Source: Le Monde - A chaque grand feu de forêt, la question se pose du lien avec le changement climatique. Sans que jamais aucun chiffre ne puisse être donné.

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  • 11 October 2016
    NEWS: First UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme in Bonn

    UNESCO-UNEVOC is proud to host the first UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme in Bonn, Germany. The ten-day programme aims to equip TVET leaders with skills and tools to become change leaders and transform TVET in their countries to contribute to the transition to sustainable societies and economies. This year’s programme will take place from 17 to 28 October and will be attended by 22 participants from 20 countries.

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  • 11 October 2016
    Official ministerial visit from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Regional Office

    A ministerial delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe on 5&ndash;6 October 2016 to discuss future collaboration.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=lX_5V3ZrzU0:ASYUbuhZV… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=lX_5V3ZrzU0:ASYUbuhZV… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=lX_5V3ZrzU0:ASYUbuhZV… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/lX_5V3ZrzU0&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 11 October 2016
    #IDDR2016: How Nigeria won the fight against Ebola

    <em>By Denis McClean</em><br><br><p><strong>GENEVA, 11 October 2016</strong> - Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided being sucked into the escalation of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever outbreak which devastated its neighbours, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone resulting in the loss of over 11,000 lives.</p>

    <p>WHO has commended the Nigerian Government for its strong leadership and effective coordination of the response that included the rapid establishment of an Emergency Operations Centre headed by Dr. Faisal Shuaib, an advisor to the Minister for Health, who was at the centre of the country&rsquo;s efforts to eradicate polio.</p>

    <p>Dr. Shuaib said: &ldquo;The Government&rsquo;s quick action and deployment of the necessary resources was key to averting a disaster. The circumstances were hugely challenging but we hit the ground running and there was good collaboration across all sectors involved. We were also fortunate in that Nigeria has a first rate virology laboratory affiliated with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>The West Africa Ebola outbreak was the worst since the virus was first identified in 1976, and influenced the drafting of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which emphasizes the need to enhance the resilience of national health systems and to integrate disaster risk management into health care.</p>

    <p>Poverty, lack of preparedness and risk information, combined with inadequate health resources, made West Africa especially vulnerable, driving up exposure and fueling the spread of the virus from March 2014 to January 2016 when WHO declared Liberia to be Ebola-free.</p>

    <p>There was major alarm when the first case was reported in the sprawling Nigerian capital Lagos in July 2014, home to over 20 million people. A diplomat who had been caring for a relative who died of Ebola in Liberia, and was already ill with the fever, managed to board a commercial fight to Lagos with the intention of visiting a faith healer.</p>

    <p>He was admitted to a private hospital where he had to be physically restrained by a brave female doctor as he tried to flee the isolation unit. Both he and the doctor died. Matters were further complicated when another case was identified in the bustling oil centre of Port Harcourt.</p>

    <p>Dr. Margaret Lamunu, a veteran of WHO&rsquo;s work on disease control in humanitarian crises, saw her family once during the 15 months she worked on the Ebola crisis. She was re-deployed from Sierra Leone to support the response in Nigeria when the news broke of the first case.</p>

    <p>Commenting on the experience, Dr. Lamunu said: &ldquo;There was a huge difference in response capacity in Nigeria and what was possible in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where you can almost count the numbers of doctors on one hand.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;In Nigeria we had people with Masters degrees doing the tracing work and there was no shortage of qualified medical personnel and lab facilities. All the resources necessary were mobilised quickly. The national Government, the public, partners, and the global community were concerned about it getting out of control.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;There was great detective work in tracking down hundreds of contacts and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, CDC (US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), M&eacute;decins Sans Fronti&egrave;res, the Nigerian Red Cross &nbsp;and many other partners deserve much credit for how they managed to contain the risk of a major health disaster.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>A total of 894 contacts were linked directly to the original case. A further 526 contacts were linked to a health care worker who died in Port Harcourt. Altogether 18,500 face-to-face visits were carried out to check for fever and other symptoms. The high rate of literacy in the general population made it easier to carry out information campaigns by comparison with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.</p>

    <p>By the time Nigeria was declared Ebola-free in October 2014, there were 19 infected individuals in addition to the index case from Liberia, 7 of whom died. These included eleven health care workers, 5 of whom paid the ultimate price for their courageous and successful efforts at containing the epidemic.</p>

    <p>Dr. Chadia Wannous, UNISDR health focal point, noted: &ldquo;The experience of Nigeria when contrasted with that of other affected countries underlines how important it is to enhance the capacity of low-income developing countries to manage not just emergencies and disasters but the underlying risks. This requires resilient health systems with trained personnel, risk information and risk communication systems, logistics and supply chain structures, financing mechanisms and solid health governance as we have seen in Nigeria.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>She also highlighted the significant role played by the community, with teams of &quot;social mobilizers&quot; reaching thousands of households with health information and facilitating understanding so that fear and mistrust do not hinder mounting an effective response.</p>

    <p>UNISDR is currently collaborating with WHO, UNDP and other partners to implement a project in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to &ldquo;accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework with risk-informed health systems&rdquo;.</p>

    <p>The project, funded by the government of Japan, aims to enhance collaboration between disaster risk management and health authorities and integrate health into disaster risk management structures and at the same time integrate risk management into the health sector. By doing so, it is expected that the project will further contribute to reducing mortality due to health emergencies and other types of disasters.</p>

    <p>Reducing global disaster mortality is the theme of this year&rsquo;s International Day for Disaster Reduction, October 13.</p>

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  • 11 October 2016
    #IDDR2016: Involving affected communities is key to reducing disaster mortality

    <em>By Huw Beynon</em><br><br><p><strong>NEW YORK, 11 October 2016 - </strong>The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already passed 1,000, according to media reports.</p>

    <p>The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortality rates was the focus of a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, held ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction.</p>

    <p>Co-hosted by Bangladesh and Switzerland, UNISDR and UNDP, the panel discussion reflected on the theme of this year&rsquo;s edition of the 13 October annual celebration of successes in reducing disaster risk: &ldquo;Live to Tell&rdquo;. The theme raises awareness of actions to meet the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction&rsquo;s target of substantially reducing global disaster mortality by 2030.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Live to Tell&rdquo; is the first theme of the &ldquo;Sendai Seven&rdquo; campaign which will see each of the Sendai Framework targets &ndash; which also include reducing the numbers of affected people and the scale of economic losses -- featured during International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction over the next seven years.</p>

    <p>In the discussion, some the world&rsquo;s most disaster prone-countries shared their success stories. Thanks to investments in early warning and resilient infrastructure as well as public awareness and preparedness, lives can be saved even as urbanisation and climate change are rapidly increasing the number of people exposed to natural hazards.</p>

    <p>In Bangladesh, a paradigm shift from the conventional response and relief approach to a comprehensive disaster risk management framework has saved thousands of lives, said Ambassador Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations. In 1970 around 300,000 people were killed by cyclones alone in Bangladesh. By 2007, during heavy flooding, total disaster mortality was reduced to 557. The Government of Bangladesh credits this achievement to a holistic approach that mainstreams disaster risk reduction across national policies and promotes investment in early warning, while fully engaging local governments with defined roles and responsibilities and empowering communities to build resilience at the household-level.</p>

    <p>The &ldquo;Zero Casualty&rdquo; policy in the Philippines was another successful example shared during the panel discussion. Rolled out nationally following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 &ndash; more than 6,000 people perished &ndash; the policy provides a comprehensive package of preparedness and awareness strategies, from risk-informed land use plans and relocation of vital infrastructure and commerce, to community-level early warning and evacuation planning and capacity building for local officials. It was put to the test with zero casualties reported when the powerful Typhoon Ferdie bore down on the country&rsquo;s northern tip this September.</p>

    <p>These examples underscore that engaging affected communities in disaster risk reduction strategies has been the key to successfully reducing disaster mortality. National-level policies to promote preparedness and build resilience can only go so far in reducing disaster mortality if they don&rsquo;t reach the most vulnerable and most at-risk communities.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Our best resources are people&rdquo; said Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.</p>

    <p>In Jamaica where significant progress has been made in reducing disaster mortality, 60% of the country remains vulnerable, particularly to weather-related hazards. Ambassador Diedre Mills, Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, advocated for concentrated action at the local level to better understand the needs of affected communities and develop solutions which can address the underlying drivers of their disaster risk.</p>

    <p>Speaking on behalf of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, Mr. Donovan Guttieres highlighted the invaluable contribution of young people in saving lives and helping their communities recover from disasters.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Youth are often the first responders, ready to invest their efforts and risk their lives to help their communities recover from disasters or crisis. Engaging youth will lead to enhanced coordination, communication, participatory engagement, data collection, information dissemination, reporting, and contextualization of prevention, response, and recovery&rdquo; said Mr. Guttieres.</p>

    <p>While sustained international financial and technical partnership for disaster risk reduction is essential, strengthening national and local disaster risk governance and coordination across relevant institutions, combined with the full and meaningful participation of affected populations in designing and implementing disaster risk reduction strategies has proved successful in reducing disaster mortality. This resounding message from the panel discussion is a central tenet of the Sendai Framework.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/44rvGR0vzpI&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 10 October 2016
    India under pressure on HFCs as world seeks third climate accord

    Source: Reuters - India will face pressure to speed up its plans for cutting greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioning and aerosols when governments meet this week to hammer out what would be a third key deal to limit climate change in a month.

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  • 10 October 2016
    How crop waste can give it back to soil and keep the air clean too

    Source: Times of India - US-based Brian Von Herzen and his team at Climate Foundation India believe that agricultural waste can be processed into not just something useful for farmers but also enrich the soil by putting back carbon into it.

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  • 10 October 2016
    Más tormentas en el Lago Victoria por el cambio climático

    Source: La Razón - Se convertirá en un punto de conflicto para tormentas nocturnas peligrosas, según un estudio

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  • 10 October 2016
    Join the Peer Talk LIVE with Thomas Gass on 12 October - 1 year into Agenda 2030 Implementation: Key Insights

    <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 10/10/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-cover-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.unssc.org/home/sites/unssc.org/files/imagecache/focus_home/n…; alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-focus_home imagecache-default imagecache-focus_home_default" width="182" height="134" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join the <a href="http://peertalk.unssc.org/en/"><strong>Peer Talk LIVE</strong></a> with <strong>Thomas Gass</strong>, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA on <strong>12 October</strong> at <strong>4:00-5:00 p.m. Bonn time</strong> as he presents key insights on the 1<sup>st</sup> year of Agenda 2030 and how the UN system is supporting its implementation.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images" width="640" height="428" alt="" src="http://www.unssc.org/home/sites/unssc.org/files/gass_0.jpg?1476106099&q…; /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.unssc.org/home/news/join-peer-talk-live-thomas-gass-12-octob…; target="_blank">read more</a></p>

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  • 10 October 2016
    #WhyThisMatters The Paris Agreement could be the turning point for global warming

    Source: Mail & Guardian - With global warming starting to spin out of control, the ratification of the Paris Agreement gives hope for the future.

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  • 10 October 2016
    World Bank says Paris climate goals at risk from new coal schemes

    Source: Guardian - Jim Yong Kim says slowing down growth in coal-fired power stations is essential in order to reduce emissions

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  • 10 October 2016
    Churches and finance experts find common ground on fossil fuel divestment

    Source: Independent Catholic News - Church moves to disinvest from fossil fuels, shareholder action on extractive industries, and the call by Pope Francis in Laudato Si' for an energy transition from fossil fuels have all been credited by financial sector experts for helping move them in the direction of sustainable development.

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  • 10 October 2016
    Kigali could add new win in climate change battle

    Source: Indian Express - Almost everyone believes the conference beginning today will reach a deal on HFCs. That will leave only one more loophole to plug — international shipping.

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  • 10 October 2016
    Villagers defend themselves against climate change

    Source: Fiji Times - VILLAGERS of Jiliva on Kadavu took another step towards protecting themselves from the threats of climate change.

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  • 10 October 2016
    España será 100% renovable con 8 gigas más de termosolar y 9 de bombeos

    Source: Energias-Renovables - La agencia Ademe ya tiene también un escenario 100% renovable para Francia

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  • 10 October 2016
    Climat : Réorienter les capitaux pour mettre en oeuvre l'Accord de Paris

    Source: La Tribune -

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  • 10 October 2016
    “Flight of the Swans” Highlights Conservation Efforts in Estonia

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/%E2%80%9Cflight-swans%E2%80%9D-highlights-conservation-efforts-estonia"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_…; width="220" height="114" alt="Bewick&#039;s Swans in flight © Boris Belchev" title="Bewick&#039;s Swans in flight © Boris Belchev" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Bewick&#039;s Swans in flight © Boris Belchev</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Today the “Flight of the Swans” sees events happening in Estonia. The campaign will track the Bewick’s Swanon its migration route from the Russian Arctic to Britain.<br /> Flying a paramotor, British conservationist Sacha Dench is following the migration route of the Bewick’s swans to understand the challenges these waterbirds face. Although she has been making good progress on her travels through Russia, poor weather and other logistical challenges caused the expedition to run behind schedule. On her behalf, her colleagues from Wildfowl &amp; Wetlands Trust (WWT) will participate in a national action planning workshop and community events in Tartu organized by educational institutions and nature conservation agencies in Estonia.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 10 October 2016
    UNSSC: Join Peer Talk with Thomas Gass, Oct. 12, 4-5pm CEST and send your questions!Join the Peer Talk LIVE with Thomas Gass on 12 October - 1 year into Agenda 2030 Implementation: Key Insights

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  • 10 October 2016
    World Mental Health Day – focus on depression

    This year, World Mental Health Day will also mark the launch of WHO&rsquo;s campaign for World Health Day 2017, the theme of which is &ldquo;Depression: let&rsquo;s talk&rdquo;. Although depression is treatable, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. The high personal, social and economic costs of depression underscore the importance of overcoming this challenge.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=Kx6HOD1KnNI:oFponYEwU… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=Kx6HOD1KnNI:oFponYEwU… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=Kx6HOD1KnNI:oFponYEwU… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/Kx6HOD1KnNI&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 10 October 2016
    World Mental Health Day – focus on depression

    This year, World Mental Health Day will also mark the launch of WHO’s campaign for World Health Day 2017, the theme of which is “Depression: let’s talk”.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=9yrP7IiSqQo:nNMzIeCm3… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=9yrP7IiSqQo:nNMzIeCm3… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=9yrP7IiSqQo:nNMzIeCm3… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/9yrP7IiSqQo&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 10 October 2016
    #IDDR2016: Fiji’s honest appraisal of Cyclone Winston

    <em>By Denis McClean</em><br><br><p><strong>GENEVA, 10 October 2016</strong> - There were fears of very large loss of life when Fiji was hit in February this year by the first category 5 cyclone in its recorded history, and the strongest ever seen in the southern hemisphere.</p>

    <p>Cyclone Winston brought wind speeds which would have lifted an airplane, averaging 220 kilometres per hour and gusts of 315 kilometres per hour when it made landfall on the archipelago&rsquo;s most populous island, Viti Levu, posing an unprecedented threat to the capital, Suva.</p>

    <p>Winston&rsquo;s strength sparked comparisons with 2013&rsquo;s Typhoon Haiyan which claimed over 6,000 lives in the Philippines or the Labor Day hurricane which hit the US Florida Keys in 1935 killing 400 people.</p>

    <p>Early warnings distributed through national and social media, and close collaboration between Fiji Meteorological Services (FMS), the private weather forecaster NaDraki, the National Disaster Management Office and other actors, prevented the death toll from rising above 44 even though 540,000 people were affected.</p>

    <p>The death toll was still too high and a thorough analysis was produced earlier this year by the Government of Fiji in the course of carrying out a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) with the participation of UNISDR and others.</p>

    <p>Fiji&rsquo;s Minister for National Disaster Management, Mr. Inia Seruiratu, said: &ldquo;Fiji has made much progress in recent years in reducing disaster risk but Cyclone Winston was a new experience for us. It is likely the new normal if climate change continues to bring us more and more severe weather events. We hope that our experience and analysis of this disaster will help others facing similar scenarios particularly small island states. Reducing mortality from disasters is the most important part of our work.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>The PDNA recognised that Fiji&rsquo;s limited experience with such intense tropical cyclones meant that &ldquo;public understanding of the characteristics of a Category 5 system and its associated risks was a huge challenge. A number of coastal communities expected strong winds, but were unprepared for the intensity of the storm surge, which contributed to the high level of devastation of evacuation centres and housing in coastal areas.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>One clear positive was that the build back better strategy adopted after Cyclone Evan in 2012 proved its worth, &nbsp;All the houses built as a result, stood up to Cyclone Winston.</p>

    <p>FMS which has been a WMO recognised regional centre since 1995, &nbsp;kept the population alert to the cyclone&rsquo;s progress as it took an erratic path through the Pacific before making landfall on February 20. FMS continued to work closely with the National Disaster Management Office despite some damage to its facilities following Winston&rsquo;s landfall.</p>

    <p>It is estimated that Winston affected 540,400 people, including 263,000 women. The total represents 62% of Fiji&rsquo;s population of 865,000.</p>

    <p>A thorough post-disaster needs assessment published earlier this year points the way forward for how the country can continue to reduce disaster risk and save lives.</p>

    <p>Cyclone Winston&rsquo;s 44 deaths were evenly divided between male and female. Two anomalies were noted in this statistic: 92% of the deaths were among the iTaukei which make up 57% of the population, and 37% were among those aged over 65 years though they only make up 4% of the population.</p>

    <p>One conclusion was that &ldquo;more can be done to further disseminate early warnings to a wider audience, especially the vulnerable population. Television broadcasts could add sign language to the warnings, and text messages could be sent targeting the hearing impaired.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>The post-disaster assessment also recognised that further work needs to be done to ensure that evacuation centres are accessible and safe for people with disabilities. The death toll among the elderly was put down to age-related mobility issues.</p>

    <p>A new study which will be published on this year&rsquo;s International Day for Disaster Reduction, October 13, shows that severe weather events have doubled in the last 40 years and are a major cause of disaster mortality.</p>

    <p>Reducing disaster mortality is the theme of this year&rsquo;s International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13 and the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It is a key concern of small island states such as Fiji which are battling the impact of climate change, particularly as a result of warming and rising seas.<br /> <br /> Since 1980, disaster events in Fiji have resulted in average annual economic damage of around F$35 million and impacted around 40,000 people each year. In the same period, at least 186 people were killed by flooding and storm events alone.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/YRK1eE2OdgY&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 08 October 2016
    Das Rätsel der Robben

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>An Deutschlands Küsten sind Seehunde nicht selten. Doch Wissenschaftler wissen verblüffend wenig darüber, wie die Tiere eigentlich ihr Futter finden.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 08 October 2016
    Predatory menace of the peregrine in the pylon

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Airedale, West Yorkshire We have kestrel and sparrowhawk here, buzzard and kite, but nothing quite matches the peregrine for dramatic oomph.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 07 October 2016
    Tropenvirus tötet weitflächig Amseln

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In Deutschland breitet sich erneut das tropische Usutu-Virus aus. Vor einigen Jahren hatte es bereits Hunderttausende Vögel getötet.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 07 October 2016
    Romania announces ban on trophy hunting of bears, wolves and wildcats

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p class="tagline" itemprop="description">Romania’s government has suspended a draft order that would have allowed the shooting of 552 bears, 657 wolves and 482 wild cats over a 12-month period in the</p></div></div></div>

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  • 07 October 2016
    Why smaller cities need greater protection from extreme events – UNU-EHS in Nature

    Ahead of the United Nations Habitat III conference, UNU-EHS expert Dr. Matthias Garschagen has co-authored an article for the leading scientific journal Nature about the importance of boosting the resilience of small and mid-sized cities. Habitat III, the third edition of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will be held in [&#8230;]

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  • 07 October 2016
    Sahel: UN and French conservation group partner on sustainable water bird management for food security

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (<a href="http://www.fao.org/">FAO</a&gt;) today announced a new partnership with the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), aiming at ado</p></div></div></div>

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  • 07 October 2016
    The green light

    Source: The Economist - Understaffed and buffeted by politics, the GCF is struggling to define itself. It started operations last year after coaxing $10.3 billion from governments.

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  • 07 October 2016
    A Look At Morocco's Ambitious Renewable Energy Program

    Source: Daily Observer - Being highly impressed after top Moroccan government officials, including the Ministers of Interior and Agriculture and Fisheries drilled them with the level of progress that that country is making to address the issues of climate change, the journalists were fortunate to pay a visit to Morocco's gigantic solar energy plant--known as Noor-Ouarzazate

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  • 07 October 2016
    Moroccan COP22 Presidency Lauds Entry into Force of Paris Agreement

    Source: Morocco World News - In 2015, the adoption by 195 delegations of the Paris Agreement was a historic moment. Today, its enforcement is a new rendezvous with history, said on Thursday a statement by the COP22 steering committee, adding that this enforcement was the top priority of the Moroccan COP22 presidency.

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  • 07 October 2016
    Hounds hot on the heels of poachers in rhino country

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Tracker dogs trained on human scent are the latest weapon being used to help catch criminals in South Africa’s Kruger national park, the epicentre of the rhino poaching epidemic.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 07 October 2016
    First deal to curb aviation emissions agreed in landmark UN accord

    Source: Guardian - Global scheme, agreed to by 191 nations, applies to passenger and cargo flights that generate more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually

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  • 07 October 2016
    Clock starts ticking to implement Paris climate deal

    Source: Reuters - A new global agreement to tackle climate change will take effect on Nov. 4 after the accord crossed an important threshold for support late on Wednesday.

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  • 07 October 2016
    Greener infrastructure said key to Paris climate deal: study

    Source: Reuters - Global spending on infrastructure will total $90 trillion in the next 15 years and is the key to greener economic growth after the Paris agreement on climate change won a formal go-ahead, a study said on Thursday.

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  • 07 October 2016
    After ratification, cities can deliver the Paris climate deal (by Anne Hidalgo, Eduardo Paes and Miguel Ángel Mancera)

    Source: Climate Home -

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  • 07 October 2016
    U.S. Southwest faces 99% risk of 'megadroughts' due to climate change

    Source: Mashable - The U.S. Southwest is almost guaranteed to suffer scorching, decades-long "megadroughts" if the world continues producing greenhouse gas emissions at its current pace, a new study warns.

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  • 07 October 2016
    As cities get warmer, their trees lose some of their ability to take carbon out of the atmosphere

    Source: LA Times - A recent study found that the total amount of carbon stored in urban trees in the U.S. is 643 million tons, and that city trees suck up an additional 25.6 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year.

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  • 07 October 2016
    EBRD to share expertise on climate in Morocco

    Source: Daily News Egypt - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will share its expertise in attracting private finance to the global climate challenge with banks from across Africa at an event in Casablanca, Morocco, next week

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  • 07 October 2016
    #IDDR2016: Europe’s Meteolarm offers life-saving alerts

    <em>By Jonathan Fowler</em><br><br><p><strong>VIENNA, 7 October 2016 &ndash; </strong>Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain.</p>

    <p>Meteoalarm, which provides alerts that avoid jargon and focus on explaining the potential impacts of incoming weather hazards such as storms and floods with simple language and colour coding, is a prime example of the efforts being celebrated in the upcoming edition of International Day for Disaster Reduction.</p>

    <p>The day, which is held every 13 October, is an annual celebration of what works when it comes to lowering the threat of natural and man-made hazards. This year&rsquo;s focus is on disaster mortality, which is also the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international agreement adopted last year.</p>

    <p>Reducing the risk of disasters via early warnings that make sense to the general public is a key part of the Sendai Framework.</p>

    <p>What is known as impact-based weather forecasting is a tool to achieving that goal. Instead of reeling off information about wind speeds or storm categories, people-centred meteorologists lay out what the data will actually mean if and when a hazard strikes.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;When you&rsquo;re talking about meteorology, you have to keep the impacts in mind,&rdquo; said Mr. Michael Staudinger of Austria&rsquo;s weather agency the ZAMG, which oversees the Meteoalarm portal on behalf of its fellow European nations.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Good science is about looking out of the window to see what&rsquo;s actually happening on the street,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;You have to have the user&rsquo;s perspective in mind. This is about warnings for users. These are warnings for the people,&rdquo; he added.</p>

    <p>The idea of a user-friendly portal as a way to reduce disaster deaths and damage was born after Cyclone Lothar ripped into Europe in December 1999.</p>

    <p>Lothar, which killed around 140 people and caused almost 10 billion euros in damage, was a wake-up call for the forecasting community.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We understood that warnings had not sufficiently reached users,&rdquo; said Mr. Staudinger. For example, lives were lost when had failed to grasp the meaning of wind speed warnings tried to secure their property and were blown off house roofs.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;As a result, we said to ourselves that we needed to formulate warnings in a people-centred way, tailored to the needs of the users. Because people&rsquo;s behaviour is the most important parameter that you can change in such situations,&rdquo; he explained.</p>

    <p>Meteoalarm, which harnesses data supplied by three dozen national weather institutes as well as other bodies, uses a four-colour coding for risk, from green through yellow and orange to red. Red means that people should follow the orders of the authorities in all circumstances, given that even places that they consider safe may no longer be so.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Collaborate decision-making is the key. It&rsquo;s not just the meteorologists, but also the civil protection departments, the transport agencies, and so on. This actually takes the pressure off the forecasters,&rdquo; said Mr. Staudinger.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Every year there&rsquo;s a red situation where cooperation between the first responders, the civil protection people and the meteorologists gets better and better,&rdquo; he added.</p>

    <p>Based on repeated analysis of past events, the portal also describes the kind of damage that could be expected, constantly refreshes its data on exposure and vulnerability, and looks at risk from a multi-hazard perspective &ndash; in other words, knock-on effects such as how cold snap might cause fog and trees to freeze, damaging power lines and thus hampering communications, just as a storm rolls in.</p>

    <p>Meteoalarm is also planning to expand its pallet of hazards to the technical kind, such as nuclear or chemical threats.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;You have to think through all the parameters and keep the impacts in the front of your mind,&rdquo; said Mr. Staudinger.</p>

    <p>Working to harmonise warnings between multiple agencies and across borders is a complex process that takes time, and the Meteoalarm system came online in 2006. Its computer hub is located in Austria, it has just a handful of staff, and it makes highly effective use of an operating budget of just 100,000 euros per year, funded by EUMETMET, a grouping of 31 European national meteorological services.</p>

    <p>The portal gets around three billion hits per year. The users range from members of the public to the media, and national forecasters who loop Meteoalarm&rsquo;s warnings back into their own systems. All told, it has around 1,000 bodies that re-use its information.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Through usage &ndash; people voting with their feet, in a sense &ndash; it&rsquo;s become the main system,&rdquo; said Mr. Staudinger.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/zs2C3w7wXWw&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 07 October 2016
    Business calls for resilient investments to curb disaster losses

    <p><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C., 7 October 2016 &ndash;</strong> The UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilience Societies has called for risks posed by natural and man-made hazards to be put front and centre in investment choices, in order to curb disaster-related economic damage around the globe.</p>

    <p>With climate change stoking a rise in the frequency and intensity of weather hazards such as Hurricane Matthew, the challenge is steep, underlined participants in the annual meeting of the alliance, which is known for short as ARISE.</p>

    <p>The past 10 years have also been marked by record-breaking climate temperatures and rainfall, and global disaster-related losses have surged beyond US$1.3 trillion.</p>

    <p>Understanding future trends and acting to rein in the economic image is critical, all the more so is development is to be sustainable, as pledged by the international community.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The scale of these losses needs to be known. &nbsp;The majority of infrastructure investments needed to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 are yet to be built,&rdquo; Mr. Oz Ozturk, co-chair of ARISE and a partner at PwC, told the meeting held on Tuesday and Wednesday.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;As owners of 80 percent of all investments, it is important to scale up the work of the private sector to build resilience and reduce disaster risk,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>The gathering of more than 100 private sector representatives from the construction, insurance, retail, tourism, consulting and technology industries reviewed ongoing projects to build resilience and identify gaps to reach the global goals set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework, a 15-year plan to curb disaster deaths, the number of affected people and the scale of economic losses, was adopted by the international community in March 2015.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework was the first in a series of international accords approved in 2015 which are setting out the route for global development over the coming years. It is linked tightly to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.</p>

    <p>ARISE was created formally in November 2015, folding together existing UNISDR work with the private sector.</p>

    <p>It works in a range of areas, for example by seeking to engrave disaster risk awareness and reduction into company operations via business education and working with local governments. ARISE projects funded and supported by the Walmart Foundation and the Government of Germany have engaged over 500 businesses, 15 universities, 1,500 students, and a host of cities over the last year.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>The Economist Intelligence Unit, which is also part of the ARISE network, announced at the annual meeting that it has completed a new metrics tool to measure how well countries are building resilience.</p>

    <p>With Hurricane Matthew battering Haiti during the meeting and bearing down on the United States, the ARISE meeting also heard from Mr. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).</p>

    <p>He underlined that in construction patterns &ldquo;efficiency does not necessarily build resilience&rdquo;.&nbsp; He highlighted the need to find mutual areas where the private and public sectors can work together to reduce risks and build resilience.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We are extremely pleased with the collaboration, ideas, and networking opportunities for the members in ARISE who are all pulling together to implement the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,&rdquo; said Ms. Kirsi Madi, Director of UNISDR, who co-chaired the meeting.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Reducing disaster risk is a prerequisite to achieve sustainable development, and private sector has a critical role in risk reduction,&rdquo; she added.</p>

    <p>ARISE members also elected a new board member, Mr. Masato Takamatsu, Managing Director and Chief Consultant for&nbsp; Tourism Crisis Management at JTB Tourism Research &amp; Consulting Co. (Japan).</p>

    <p>ARISE's board also comprises Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, who chairs ARISE along with Mr. Ozturk; vice-chair Mr. Carlo Papa of Italian utilities group ENEL; Mr. Mark Cooper of US retail giant Walmart; Mr. Philippe Derieux of French-based insurer AXA Group; Mr. Eduardo Martinez of the UPS Foundation; Mr. Graeme Newton of consultancy Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.; Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, former chief of construction materials group Titan America; Mr. Hans Sy of Philippines shopping mall group SM Prime; Mr. Peter Williams of IBM; and Ms. Sandra Wu of Japan-based Kokusai Kogyo.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/YED2Hdt38DM&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 06 October 2016
    Are celebs the best hope for saving endangered species?

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>As the Cites meeting in Johannesburg ends, Matt McGrath asks whether celebrities are having a bigger impact on saving species than the international body tasked with regulating the trade in threate</p></div></div></div>

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  • 06 October 2016
    Great Pacific Garbage Patch aerial survey yields bad news

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>"The initial findings of the expeditions again underline the urgency to tackle the growing accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans," said Ocean Cleanup CEO Boyan Slat.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 06 October 2016
    Press Release: Ground-breaking ceremony for the extension of the UN Campus in Bonn

    (6 October 2016, Bonn, Germany) With today’s Ground-breaking ceremony for the extension of the UN Campus in Bonn, the German federal government is sending a strong signal with respect to the furthe

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    • Climate Change
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    • UNFCCC
  • 06 October 2016
    Pressemitteilung: Festakt zur Grundsteinlegung für den Erweiterungsbau auf dem UN Campus

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    • Climate Change
    • Sustainable Development
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    • UNFCCC
  • 06 October 2016
    Qatar set to opt into UN aviation climate pact

    Source: Climate Home - Move by Middle Eastern airport hub boosts chances of a global deal to curb airline emissions in Montreal

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  • 06 October 2016
    COMMENT: Carbon price vs. regulations: The better choice is clear

    Source: The Globe and Mail -

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  • 06 October 2016
    Nigeria: Cop22 Will Massively Project Africa's View - Jibril

    Source: Daily Trust - The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has said United Nations Climate Change Conference, Marrakech COP 22, coming up in November 2016, will be one that Africa's voice should be heard loud and clear.

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  • 06 October 2016
    Marrakech geared to host COP22

    Source: Zambia Daily Mail - HIS November, Morocco is preparing to host the Conference of the Parties (COP22) on Climate Change in Marrakech between 7 and 18, and just as it was in 2001, the world will have its attention focused on the North African country and the city of Marrakech.

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  • 06 October 2016
    Arresting Global Warming Doesn’t Mean More Money, Top Panel Says

    Source: Bloomberg - Curbing global warming doesn’t necessarily mean increasing infrastructure spending, according to a key commission created to avert dangerous climate change.

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  • 06 October 2016
    Se inicia cuenta regresiva para el Acuerdo de París y sus retos

    Source: La Estrella de Panamá - La cuenta regresiva para que el Acuerdo de París entre en vigor en 30 días empezó ayer, pero con muchos retos que cumplir, tanto en Panamá como en los demás países que forman parte.

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  • 06 October 2016
    Comienza foro en Guatemala para convertir el cambio climático en desarrollo

    Source: Terra - El II Encuentro Nacional sobre Cambio Climático de Guatemala se inició hoy en el país centroamericano con el objetivo de convertir, en palabras del ministro de Medio Ambiente, Sydney Samuels, la amenaza de esta problemática en una "apuesta para el desarrollo".

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  • 06 October 2016
    L'accord de Paris sur le climat entrera en vigueur en novembre

    Source: Reuters - L'Accord de Paris sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique entrera en vigueur le mois prochain, ayant désormais franchi les seuils nécessaires de ratification grâce aux pays européens, a annoncé l'Onu mercredi.

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  • 06 October 2016
    L’accord de Paris sur le climat entrera en vigueur dans trente jours

    Source: Le Monde - Plus que 30 jours avant l’entrée en vigueur de l’accord de Paris sur le climat. Les seuils minimum de 55 pays ayant ratifié le texte et représentant 55 % des émissions de gaz à effet de serre ont été dépassés, a annoncé mercredi 5 octobre, le site de la Convention des Nations unies sur le climat.

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  • 06 October 2016
    2016/004: 12th Meeting of the Standing Committee to AEWA

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (UNEP/AEWA) is pleased to announce that the 12<sup>th</sup> Meeting of the Standing Committee (StC12) t</p></div></div></div>

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  • 06 October 2016
    Supporting emergency response in Aleppo from Gaziantep, Turkey

    The siege of eastern Aleppo in the northern Syrian Arab Republic has devastated the city&rsquo;s health system, with fewer than 30 doctors now available to care for more than 270 000 people.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=MJwGmQl1GRg:jHH_Gno9f… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=MJwGmQl1GRg:jHH_Gno9f… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=MJwGmQl1GRg:jHH_Gno9f… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/MJwGmQl1GRg&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 06 October 2016
    Researcher aims to save endangered cranes

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Slender, graceful and majestic, Asia’s red-crowned cranes may look the same in the wild or in captivity, but inside they are markedly different in the types of microbes they carry around—something </p></div></div></div>

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  • 06 October 2016
    A week of grim tidings for critically endangered right whales

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p class="tagline" itemprop="description">Bad news came in three in late September for North Atlantic right whales.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 06 October 2016
    UN, World Bank, insurance sector tackle climate vulnerability

    <p><strong>NEW YORK, 6 October 2016 &ndash; </strong>A new public-private partnership between the leaders of the United Nations, the World Bank and the insurance sector has adopted a risk management strategy that seeks to harness insurance to promote economic recovery and resilience to climate hazards and disasters.</p>

    <p>The Insurance Development Forum (IDF) said that it has decided to contribute to achieving the G7 &ldquo;InsuResilience&rdquo; target of providing 400 million of the most vulnerable people in developing countries with increased access to direct or indirect insurance coverage against the impacts of climate change and related natural catastrophes by 2020.</p>

    <p>&quot;For many developing countries with scarce resources, rebuilding is often beyond their means. Typically, a disaster is followed by appeals to bilateral, regional, and international partners for aid relief and financial support,&quot; said Ms. Helen Clark, IDF Co-Chair and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.</p>

    <p>&quot;This support, however, often falls well short of what is required. Systemic lack of funds and recurrent inefficiency of recovery initiatives on the ground impede progress. Insurance can be an efficient, fast-disbursing mechanism to build back better in vulnerable countries and communities hit by disasters, but also to reduce risks and the costs of risks in the long term.&quot;</p>

    <p>The IDF was first announced at the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris in December 2015 and officially launched in April 2016.</p>

    <p>It is led by a Steering Committee, chaired by Mr. Stephen Catlin, Deputy Executive Chair of XL Group Ltd., with Co-Chairs Ms. Clark and Mr. Joaquim Levy, World Bank Group Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. Other Steering Committee members include Mr. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, and Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as 13 insurance industry CEOs. Additional governmental and public sector organizations are expected to engage in the coming year.</p>

    <p>The IDF adopted its insurance-based strategy when it met on the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly session. It approved a proposal to create a Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which will assemble public and private insurance industry resources and tools necessary to support governments in building public-private partnerships that will better manage the financial consequences of climate events and natural disasters while increasing the use of insurance in emerging markets and developing countries. Work has begun to secure funds for the programme.</p>

    <p>The IDF's work is linked with a string of UN agreements adopted in 2015 to set the global development agenda for years to come. They include the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;With growing natural disaster losses it is essential that governments learn how to incorporate risk management fundamentals into their planning, budgeting and governing processes so that their citizens can be better protected,&rdquo; said Mr. Catlin.</p>

    <p>Joaquim Levy, IDF Co-Chair and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer stated that &ldquo;many emerging market and developing countries lack sufficiently developed insurance markets, which does stifle growth and has a negative impact not only on business but on general welfare, notably among the poorest. The lack of insurance instruments or broader risk-pooling or risk-mitigation mechanisms is also evident in the public sector, affecting government&rsquo;s ability to respond to natural disasters and other large-scale events.</p>

    <p>Mr. Rowan Douglas, chair of the IDF Implementation Committee and head of the Capital Science and Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson, said, &quot;We all recognize a unique moment and opportunity to make a huge step forward in the protection of lives, livelihoods and communities &ndash; realizing the benefits of insurance across public, private and mutual and cooperative sectors.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>The IDF focuses on members of the &quot;Vulnerable Twenty Group&quot;, which was set up in 2015 and groups the finance ministers of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet in dialogue and action to tackle global climate change.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/SzS5oaKBw9g&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 05 October 2016
    The seven big decisions made at the Cites global wildlife summit

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A major meeting on the regulation of trade in endangered species is drawing to a close in Johannesburg - here are seven of its key hits and misses.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    Schwarzmeerfisch erobert die Ostsee

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Glubschaugen und ein breites, dunkles Maul: Die Schwarzmundgrundel breitet sich explosionsartig in der Ostsee aus. Wie stark schadet das dem Ökosystem?</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    NEWS: Celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2016!

    To raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the important role teachers play in education, we celebrate World Teacher’s Day on the 5th of October. The theme this year focuses on “Valuing teachers, improving their status”.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Eel migration study tells 'romantic' tale

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Scientists are a step closer to solving the mystery of one of the great animal migrations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37563100">BBC</a></p&gt; </div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    2016/027: E-Learning Module on the CMS Family Manual Available on InforMEA

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In preparation for the upcoming CMS COP12, the UNEP/CMS Secretariat would like to introduce to the Parties a dedicated CMS e-learning module based on the CMS Family Manual, hosted by the MEA inform</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    PRESSEEINLADUNG: 10. Oktober - Eröffnung der IVCO-Konferenz 2016

    Sehr geehrte MedienvertreterInnen,

    wir laden Sie herzlich ein zu einem Pressegespräch zu Beginn der Konferenz 'International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations 2016':

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    • Volunteerism
    • Sustainable Development
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    • UNV
  • 05 October 2016
    PRESS INVITE: 10 October - Opening of IVCO Conference 2016

    ear media representatives, We cordially invite you to participate in a press talk at the opening day of the 2016 International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations conference:

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    • Volunteerism
    • Sustainable Development
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  • 05 October 2016
    World cannot afford luxury animal trade in rhino horns, ivory, endangered species

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A decade ago, the number of rhinoceros poached for their horns in southern Africa stood at about 60 each year – a cruel but relatively small illicit trade.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    CITES conference ends with push against wildlife trafficking

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The World Wildlife Conference has wrapped up in Johannesburg with delegates tightening rules on the trafficking of species including sharks, pangolins and parrots.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    The world just agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered animals

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>With some scientists predicting a sixth mass extinction, the world’s protectors of wildlife acted with a greater sense of urgency at a marathon meeting to toughen regulations against killing such e</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    CMA1, the first meeting under the Paris Agreement - Why it’s significant and how it could happen at COP22

    Source: eco-business.com -

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  • 05 October 2016
    NZ ratifies new global climate change pact as carbon heads for $20 a tonne

    Source: National Business Review - New Zealand has become one of the first batch of countries to ratify the new global climate change pact hammered out in Paris last December, heralding the country's return to global carbon markets four years after abandoning them.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Costs of Airline Climate Deal May Be Peanuts for Passengers

    Source: Bloomberg - The proposed United Nations accord to limit pollution from international flights could cost airlines billions. For passengers, the price may be less than an in-flight glass of pinot noir.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Brazil shifts funds from coal to solar power

    Source: Climate Home - Major development bank is prioritising clean energy as economic crisis limits resources

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  • 05 October 2016
    Paris climate pact set to enter force after EU greenlight

    Source: AP - The landmark Paris climate change pact is poised to enter into force around the world after European Union lawmakers endorsed the agreement.

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  • 05 October 2016
    With EU backing, Paris climate deal clears last hurdle to taking effect

    Source: Reuters - The European Parliament approved the Paris accord to fight climate change on Tuesday, tipping it over the threshold needed for the global deal to enter into force, in what U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon hailed as an historic vote.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Climat: l'UE prête à déclencher l'entrée en vigueur de l'accord de Paris

    Source: AFP - Le Parlement européen a approuvé mardi la ratification par l'UE de l'accord de Paris au terme d'une procédure éclair, ouvrant la voie à une entrée en vigueur imminente du nouveau cadre mondial de la lutte contre le réchauffement.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Climat : le Parlement européen approuve l’accord de Paris

    Source: Le Monde - Un an après le sommet de la COP21, le Parlement européen a approuvé, mardi 4 octobre, l’accord de Paris, ouvrant ainsi la voie à son entrée en vigueur imminente.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Le GGGI veut offrir des opportunités d’investissement avantageuses

    Source: Yonhap - L'Institut mondial de la croissance verte (GGGI) proposera des opportunités d’investissement avantageuses, voulant démontrer qu’une croissance respectueuse de l’environnement est compatible avec un développement économique rapide, a déclaré ce mardi le nouveau directeur général du GGGI Frank Rijsberman au cours d’une conférence de presse.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Au Maroc, la plus grande oasis au monde menacée par le changement climatique

    Source: HuffPost Maghreb - COP22 - Avec une superficie de près de 77.000 km2, la région de Tafilalet, dans le sud-est du Maroc, abrite la plus grande oasis au monde. Cet ensemble d'oasis, situé dans les basses vallées des oueds Ziz et Ghéris, se répartit sur les villes d'Erfoud et Rissani.

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  • 05 October 2016
    Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation?

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>As wildlife continues to decline around the world, conservation has become a bleak calling. Can a new Optimism Summit help reframe the mission to save life on Earth?</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    Eco-tourism to conserve forests, wildlife

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Varanasi: The department of tourism has joined hands with the forest department to promote eco-tourism to help in conservation of forests and wildlife in Uttar Pradesh.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 05 October 2016
    Turkey takes the helm of European disaster risk body

    <em>By Jonathan Fowler</em><br><br><p><strong>HELSINKI, 5 October 2016 &ndash;</strong> Turkey took the helm of Europe&rsquo;s top disaster risk reduction forum today, ahead of a new drive by the continent&rsquo;s governments to widen efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards.</p>

    <p>Turkey officially succeeded Finland at the close of the three-day 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in Helsinki. Italy is next in line.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;I would like to extend my thanks to Finland for all the efforts. We are very happy to be president of the European Forum,&rdquo; said Mr. Erkan Koparmal, strategic chief at Turkey&rsquo;s disaster management body AFAD, as he received the gavel from Mr. Taito Vainio, senior adviser at Finland&rsquo;s Interior Ministry.</p>

    <p>Turkey is a recognized leader in the field, having undergone a shift in the wake of the 1999 Izmit Earthquake from disaster response to risk reduction, for example by retrofitting school buildings to make them safe havens. It is currently preparing its new, 15-year Turkey Disaster Risk Reduction Plan (TARAP).</p>

    <p>&ldquo;This will serve as our country&rsquo;s master plan in the field of disaster risk management,&rdquo; said Mr. Mehmet Halis Bilden, Acting President of AFAD, earlier in the meeting.</p>

    <p>Disaster risk reduction requires long-term vision, Mr. Bilden underlined.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;A mindset that focuses on risk reduction can take generations to take root in a society, and we are working to instill such a mindset,&rdquo; he explained.</p>

    <p>The European Forum groups 30 countries across the continent, as well as the Council of Europe, the European Commission and sub-regional bodies such as the Council of Baltic Sea States.</p>

    <p>It has catalysed efforts to build resilience. More than 30 European countries now have a legal framework on disaster risk reduction, compared to five in 2005. And there are over 650 European communities in UNISDR&rsquo;s flagship Making Cities Resilient network, a twentyfold rise from 2010.</p>

    <p>The European Forum is moving to a new level. In March, Turkey will host the first Open Forum, which enlarges the process beyond officially-mandated experts to non-governmental organisations and others working at the interface of disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change.</p>

    <p>That tallies with the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year agreement adopted by the international community in March 2015.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework aims by 2030 to achieve substantial reductions in lives lost, numbers of people affected, and economic damage, notably by seeing all hazards as part of a big picture and involving not only the authorities but also communities, business and other players.</p>

    <p>To spur the effort, it calls for a huge increase by 2020 in the number of countries with specific disaster risk reduction strategies, adding an edge to the European Forum&rsquo;s work over coming years.</p>

    <p>In a closing declaration, European Forum participants called for &ldquo;stronger engagement by European leaders and decision makers in the process of moving forward the disaster risk reduction agenda and Sendai Framework implementation, given the powerful role of disaster risk reduction in fostering economic growth and supporting sustainable development.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>The European Forum has been focusing on how to ensure a coherent approach to the raft of global agreements that are laying the foundations for the next 15 years of global development.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework was followed by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. And 2016 has seen the World Humanitarian Summit declaration on reshaping relief aid in a crisis-riven world, and the New Urban Agenda on housing and sustainable urban development, due for approval at this month&rsquo;s Habitat III conference.</p>

    <p>At its 2015 meeting, the European Forum adopted a roadmap that focuses efforts on climate change, the environment, the private sector, health, and persons with disabilities, all at national and local levels. It is now working on concrete targets.</p>

    <p>This year&rsquo;s meeting came four months after the European Commission &ndash; the European Union&rsquo;s executive body &ndash; adopted a plan to implement the Sendai Framework.</p>

    <p>The European Forum&rsquo;s success has been driven by peer reviews of members&rsquo; policies. Finland was a pilot country.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The most important thing is that you get new ideas,&rdquo; said Mr. Vainio.</p>

    <p>Coming in the wake of floods in 2014, Bulgaria&rsquo;s 2015 peer review spurred a shift to a risk reduction strategy, said Mr. Georgi Petrov, Inspector at its Chief Directorate of Fire Safety and Civil Protection.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/zh0vXChIyws&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 04 October 2016
    The British police targeting bird poachers in Cyprus

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The British authorities in Cyprus are doubling the number of officers targeting illegal songbird trapping on British military territory on the island.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 04 October 2016
    'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Giant collection of fishing nets, plastic containers and other discarded items called a ‘ticking time bomb’ as large items crumble into micro plastics.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 04 October 2016
    Workshop: Journalism and the SDGs - Register Now!

    Journalism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Working Together: Can the SDGs deliver global development? Why and how should the media report on the SDGs in an engaging way?

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    • Sustainable Development
    • Soil / Land
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  • 04 October 2016
    Workshop: Journalismus und die SDGs - Jetzt anmelden!

    Journalismus und die Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs): Zusammenarbeiten – Können die SDGs für globale Entwicklung sorgen?

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    • Sustainable Development
    • Soil / Land
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    • UNCCD
  • 04 October 2016
    2016/026: New Signatory to the Sharks MOU

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in its capacity as Depositary of the <em>Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migrator</em></p></div></div></div>

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  • 04 October 2016
    UN agriculture agency stresses role of trade in food security and climate change adaptation

    Source: IBNS - Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Monday.

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  • 04 October 2016
    Inequalities exacerbate climate impacts on poor and vulnerable people – new UN report

    Source: UN News Centre - Evidence is increasing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards, according to a new report launched by the United Nations today.

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  • 04 October 2016
    OPINION: Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims united on climate issues

    Source: Irish Examiner -

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  • 04 October 2016
    Das Ende der legalen Elfenbeinmärkte

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Seit 1989 ist der internationale Handel mit Elfenbein tabu, nun gilt das auch auf nationaler Ebene.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 04 October 2016
    Sharks and rays win new protections at global wildlife summit

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Cites votes for new measures to control the trade in silky and thresher sharks, hunted for their fins, and devil rays, whose gills are prized as a medicinal ‘cure’.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 04 October 2016
    What will our children say after we let all the lions die?

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Manmade policies are wiping out species at an unprecedented rate, yet our politicians allow fat cat hunters to plunder Africa’s dwindling lion population.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 04 October 2016
    India ratifies Paris climate change agreement

    Source: AP - India, which accounts for about 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the Paris climate change agreement Sunday at the United Nations, officials said.

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  • 04 October 2016
    Sensing opportunity, cities seek business backing for climate change efforts

    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Cities around the world, including in developing nations, are increasingly grasping the economic opportunities generated by the need to tackle climate change and are pursuing concrete partnerships with business, a climate research group said.

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  • 04 October 2016
    Paris climate accord to go into force - but faces test of enforcement

    Source: Reuters - A global agreement on climate change is set to win enough ratifications by signatory nations this week to go into force in November, heralding a harder phase of turning promises into cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 04 October 2016
    Canada will tax carbon emissions to meet Paris climate agreement targets

    Source: Guardian - Prime minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement in parliament as debate started over whether Canada should ratify the Paris accord on climate change

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  • 04 October 2016
    Reykjavík: the geothermal city that aims to go carbon neutral

    Source: Guardian - Icelandic capital plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2040 by reversing urban sprawl and promoting walking, cycling and public transport

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  • 04 October 2016
    Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts say

    Source: Guardian - The global temperature has increased to a level not seen for 115,000 years, requiring daunting technological advances that will cost the coming generations hundreds of trillions of dollars, according to the scientist widely credited with bringing climate change to the public’s attention.

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  • 04 October 2016
    To Effectively Combat Climate Change, Involve Women

    Source: IPS -

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  • 04 October 2016
    Linking disaster risk, sustainable development and climate change

    <em>By Jonathan Fowler</em><br><br><p><strong>HELSINKI, 4 October 2016 &ndash;</strong> Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards need to be tied tightly with sustainable development and climate change adaptation, according to participants at Europe&rsquo;s top disaster risk reduction forum.</p>

    <p>The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, which groups 30 countries from within the European Union and beyond, is focusing its annual meeting on how to ensure a coherent approach to implementing a string of global agreements.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The key element is links,&rdquo; said Mr. Thomas de Lannoy, head of the disaster risk reduction team at the European Union&rsquo;s executive body, the European Commission.</p>

    <p>Since 2015, the international community has been laying the foundations for the next 15 years of global development.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a wide-ranging blueprint for bringing down disaster fatalities, the number of affected people and economic damage, was the first agreement in the process, adopted in March 2015.</p>

    <p>It was followed by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. And 2016 has seen the World Humanitarian Summit declaration on reshaping relief aid in a crisis-riven world, and the New Urban Agenda on housing and sustainable urban development, due for approval at this month&rsquo;s Habitat III conference.</p>

    <p>The sheer number of agreements has created challenges when it comes to understanding and implementing them. International organisations, national and local governments, and other bodies aim to ensure that progress is even.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We have to show that disaster risk reduction is at the same level as the SDGs and climate change adaptation,&rdquo; said Mr. Taito Vainio, a senior adviser at the Interior Ministry of Finland, which currently chairs the European Forum.</p>

    <p>Focusing policymakers&#39; minds is the fact that, over the past two decades, climate-related events such as floods, storms, heatwaves and drought have accounted for 90 percent of major disasters, and that the frequency and intensity of such hazards is increasing in the face of climate change.</p>

    <p>The three-day meeting in the Finnish capital Helsinki comes four months after the European Commission adopted a plan to implement the Sendai Framework. It aims to raise risk knowledge, ensure that risk reduction involves all members of society, promote risk-proofed investments, and develop risk management strategies.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>Speaking on the European Forum&rsquo;s opening day, Monday, Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN&rsquo;s Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, said such plans were the key to success across the board.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The European Commission action plan emphasises that translating the Sendai Framework into tangible actions should be done in coherence with other 2015 and 2016 international agreements and processes, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>Similar processes are underway within pan-European bodies such as the Council of Europe, including one focused on migration and disaster risk reduction, as well as in sub-regional bodies including the Council of Baltic Sea States.</p>

    <p>At its 2015 meeting, the European Forum adopted a roadmap developed under the leadership of the Netherlands that focuses its Sendai Framework efforts on climate change, the environment, the private sector, health, and persons with disabilities, all at national and local levels. It is now setting concrete targets.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;I know that the region is already making positive progress on integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at the local level as well,&rdquo; noted Mr. Glasser. There are over 650 European communities in UNISDR&rsquo;s flagship Making Cities Resilient network, a twentyfold rise from 2010.</p>

    <p>Governments around Europe are currently assessing how much of existing policy and practice tallies with the aims of the Sendai Framework and the other agreements. That feeds into global discussions on common Sendai Framework indicators, a new round of which takes place next month.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been working in the Netherlands for about 10 years based on the concepts in the Sendai Framework,&rdquo; said Mr. Corsmas Goemans, senior policy adviser at the Ministry of Security and Justice. &ldquo;When you have a strategy in your country based on an all-hazard, all-of-society approach, then you can cope better.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>France, meanwhile, is revising its existing climate change strategy to link in the Sendai Framework. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s at the intersection of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption,&rdquo; said Ms. Marie-Pierre Meganck, head of unit at the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Sea.</p>

    <p>It&rsquo;s important to walk the talk both at home and abroad, underlined Mr. Owen Jackson, Assistant Director of International Resilience Policy at the United Kingdom&rsquo;s Cabinet Office, explaining how the country&rsquo;s Department for International Development humanitarian policy prioritises disaster risk reduction and resilience-building.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a strong link between what we&rsquo;re doing domestically and what we&rsquo;re doing internationally,&rdquo; he said.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/glw-ngrNbEc&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 03 October 2016
    Dr. Jane Goodall: 'It's not too late' to help endangered animals

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p class="story-deck">'Elephants will vanish soon if the trafficking doesn't stop'.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 03 October 2016
    Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Attempts to give the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants have foundered at a key species conference in Johannesburg.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 03 October 2016
    Bid for strongest protection for all African elephants defeated at wildlife summit

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Cites meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries with stable or increasing elephant populations - but passes other vital conservation measures.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 03 October 2016
    Prime Minister of Latvia expresses support to increase public financing for health

    Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis of Latvia acknowledged the need to increase public funding for health in the country at a high-level conference held in Riga.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=HFd07Z5V_OM:c5n4TCtlK… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=HFd07Z5V_OM:c5n4TCtlK… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=HFd07Z5V_OM:c5n4TCtlK… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/HFd07Z5V_OM&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 03 October 2016
    'Indiana Jones' shark gains protection at Cites meeting

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Known for its long whip-like tail, the threatened Thresher shark is among a number of marine species given extra protection at the Cites meeting.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 03 October 2016
    Europe holds key disaster risk reduction talks

    <em>By Jonathan Fowler</em><br><br><p><strong>HELSINKI, 3 October 2016 &ndash;</strong> Europe today began its annual talks on curbing the threat of natural and man-made hazards, with the aim of accelerating efforts to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.</p>

    <p>The 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, chaired by Finland and running until Wednesday, brings together experts from 30 countries within the European Union and beyond, as well as the European Commission and other regional bodies.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;This is a very difficult moment, not only in Europe, but globally. We are facing several simultaneous crises. Crises of migration, terrorism, flagging economic growth in many places, conflict and rising international tensions,&rdquo; Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN&rsquo;s Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, told delegates.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Vigilance and forward planning for worst-case scenarios are particularly important in a century when climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of weather-related hazards and significantly impact on economic and social development,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said recent disasters underscored the need to reduce risk.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Inside Europe, with floods in Germany, France and in the Balkans, with the recent earthquake in Italy, and the many forest fires across Europe during the summer, in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Cyprus,&rdquo; he said in a video address.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;But also outside Europe. We all know that challenges will continue to come. With climate change, the number and impact of natural disasters will certainly increase. We must prepare better. We must address the risks before a disaster strikes, before lives are lost. Preparedness is always better than cure. &nbsp;This is a collective effort. It requires collective action,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Resilience-building is also key to reducing humanitarian aid needs worldwide,&rdquo; he added.</p>

    <p>The meeting comes four months after the European Commission &ndash; the European Union executive &ndash; adopted a plan to implement the Sendai Framework.</p>

    <p>The plan aims to raise risk knowledge, ensure that risk reduction involves all members of society, promote risk-proofed investments, and develop risk management strategies.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>A wide-ranging global blueprint, the 15-year Sendai Framework was approved by UN member states in 2015 in the Japanese city of Sendai.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re here because last year in Sendai we managed to agree on an agenda for the next 15 years,&rdquo; said Mr. Kai Mykk&auml;nen, Finland&rsquo;s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, opening the European Forum.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework aims by 2030 to achieve substantial reductions in lives lost, numbers of people affected, and economic damage. To spur the effort, it calls for a huge increase by 2020 in the number of countries with specific disaster risk reduction strategies.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;In Europe, disasters have cost billions in damages each year. Therefore mitigation of losses is crucial for the welfare and prosperity of the region,&rdquo; said Ms. Mora Maira, Director General of the Secretariat at the Council of the Baltic Sea States.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Different kinds of disasters &ndash; natural or man-made &ndash; may be lurking from any corner. However, the approach the Sendai Framework promotes, and the agenda the European Forum presents regarding disaster risk reduction &ndash; rather than disaster reduction &ndash; stress that we should not be bystanders who observe events and act wisely in the aftermath of those events. Rather, the new agenda is about learning from past events and being prepared,&rdquo; she added.</p>

    <p>The annual European Forum has catalysed the continent&rsquo;s efforts to build resilience to disasters.</p>

    <p>Some 32 European countries now have a legal framework on disaster risk reduction, compared to five in 2005. And there are over 650 European communities in UNISDR&rsquo;s flagship Making Cities Resilient network, a twentyfold rise from 2010.</p>

    <p>At its 2015 meeting, chaired by France, the European Forum decided to focus its Sendai Framework work on climate change, the environment, the private sector, health, and persons with disabilities, all at national and local levels. It is now setting concrete targets.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework was the first in a series of international accords adopted in 2015 and 2016, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the World Humanitarian Summit declaration and the upcoming Habitat III agreement on housing and urban development.</p>

    <p>Together, they aim to help the world meet the steep challenge of reducing poverty and disaster risk, amid increasingly frequent and intense climate change impacts.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We now need to move towards rapid implementation of these commitments. This is urgent. Time is of the essence,&rdquo; said Mr. Stylianides.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/81nB7_Ud5ns&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 03 October 2016
    Finnish global health security body wins European disaster risk award

    <em>By Jonathan Fowler</em><br><br><p><strong>HELSINKI, 3 October 2016 &ndash;</strong>&nbsp; The Finnish arm of an international grouping working to ward off biological and health threats such as Ebola and the Zika virus has won a pan-European award that recognises innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.</p>

    <p>The Finnish Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) team received the Damir Čemerin Award at the opening in Helsinki of the three-day European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.</p>

    <p>The GHSA, set up in 2014, was the brainchild of the United States and now involves almost 50 nations working towards a common goal of boosting global and national capacity to deal with infectious diseases threats, as well as strengthening global health security.</p>

    <p>The main aims of the programme are to develop health systems and services in order to combat threats to health such as those posed by infectious diseases.</p>

    <p>Finland used its time at the helm of the GHSA in 2015 to develop an assessment tool that can be used to measure countries&rsquo; health security. It has already been used by the World Health Organization in 11 countries, and another 60 have requested an assessment.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s based on the idea of preventing, detecting and responding,&rdquo; said Mr. Kai Mykk&auml;nen, Finland&rsquo;s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, who presented the award alongside Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.</p>

    <p>Accepting the award on behalf of the Finnish team, Ms. P&auml;ivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary at Finland&rsquo;s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, underlined the GHSA&rsquo;s role in working across national boundaries and straddling different sectors, from health and government to business and civil society.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Multi-sectoral team work, the coordination of multi-stakeholder partners globally, regionally and at the country level, as well as the empowerment and participation of countries&rsquo; own experts and leaders are key elements for successful disaster risk reduction,&rdquo; she said.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Finland has a strong tradition of multi-sectorality. The work we have done in GHSA shows that&nbsp;a small country can have a powerful impact and change the way countries and different stakeholders work even in quite a short time frame,&rdquo; she added.</p>

    <p>The work of the GHSA tallies with the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a wide-ranging, 15-year international agreement that was adopted at a UN conference in March last year. Its seeks to achieve substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in terms of lives, livelihoods and health, and economic damage.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework aims to bring about a paradigm shift from managing disasters to managing the underlying risk factors which drive those disasters. It goes beyond the traditional remit of natural hazards to include technological disasters such as nuclear accidents, and biological threats such as outbreaks of Ebola, SARS, H1N1, dengue or the Zika virus, which repeatedly have shown the potential of acute public health risks to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework also seeks to engineer a change in the traditional perspective on disaster management so that health &ndash; including public health and public health infrastructure &ndash; becomes a key area of focus for disaster risk reduction. That is particularly important given that an under-resourced and poorly protected health system can multiply the impact of any disaster event on exposed and vulnerable populations.</p>

    <p>The Damir Čemerin Award is named after a founder member of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, who died in 2013 after long service in support of disaster risk reduction in his home country of Croatia as well as globally.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/2Yd4O_egVDc&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 02 October 2016
    Countries fail to agree on complete ban to protect African lions from global trade

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The 182 countries at the Johannesburg summit did reach a compromise banning only the trade in bones, teeth and claws from wild lions.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 02 October 2016
    World's nations agree elephant ivory markets must close

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>With poachers killing an elephant every 15 minutes on average, the pressure to shut down the legal trade in ivory is intensifying.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 02 October 2016
    South Africa: Protecting Biodiversity - People's Buy-in Is As Important As the Science

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Biodiversity, the variety of life on earth (plants, animals and the ecosystems in which they live), underpins the planet's life support systems and consequently human well-being.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 02 October 2016
    Close the hunting season? Why?

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>It’s close to 6pm. A flock of 14 Honey Buzzards and 12 Marsh Harriers are circling over Buskett, looking for a place to roost for the night. Within half an hour, they are all dead.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 02 October 2016
    Tsunami drill teaches Seychelles life-saving lessons

    <em>By Brigitte Leoni</em><br><br><p><strong>VICTORIA, Seychelles, 2 October 2016 &ndash;</strong> A multinational tsunami drill in the Indian Ocean has taught Seychelles key lessons about how to save lives in the event that a potentially deadly wave strikes in the future, according to senior officials in the island nation.</p>

    <p>Mr. Paul Labaleine, Director of Seychelles&rsquo; Division of Risk and Disaster Management, said that his archipelago&rsquo;s participation in the 24-nation IOWave16 exercise held in September had underscored the need to get a range of participating bodies to work together better.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The tsunami simulation was a success and allowed us to identify the bottlenecks and the problems of coordination that we still have between the main national actors and institutions, but overall we have made enormous progress and we will be able to address each point before the next drill,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>Indian Ocean countries set up a regionwide warning system under the guidance of UN science agency UNESO in the wake of the December 2004 tsunami tragedy that caused an estimated 227,000 fatalities in the region.</p>

    <p>Besides focusing on the science of issuing alerts, the region&rsquo;s efforts have centered on acting to reduce risk by ensuring that the public is aware of how to cope with the threat of tsunamis and that the various branches of the authorities work in harmony to do so.</p>

    <p>Exercises are a key part of that effort. IOWave was initiated in 2009 by UNESCO&rsquo;s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.</p>

    <p>IOWave16 has had an added edge this year, coming just weeks before the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November, and ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13, the focus of which is reducing disaster mortality.</p>

    <p>Tsunamis, normally sparked by undersea earthquakes, are relatively rare. But they can also be extremely deadly: in the past 100 years, 58 have claimed more than 260,000 lives. The average toll, 4,600 per disaster, surpassed that of any other natural hazard.</p>

    <p>Seychelles was relatively spared by the 2004 disaster, with three deaths. But the authorities are far from complacent, and have taken part in three editions of IOWave.</p>

    <p>This year&rsquo;s regionwide scenario was based on a 9.2-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia that generated a massive wave. In the drill, the tsunami was expected to reach Seychelles seven hours later, thus testing the country&rsquo;s ability to brace for and deal with such a hazard.</p>

    <p>The simulation showed that in such circumstances, not only would the archipelago be hit by a six-meter wave in the south, but also by smaller waves, up to two meters, in the capital Victoria and its surroundings, home to key national infrastructure such as the main utilities and the Seychelles Petroleum Company (SEYPEC).</p>

    <p>The exercise involved a range of Seychelles institutions, including the SEYPEC, the Port Authority, Maritime Safety Agency, Public Utilities Corporation, the Zil Air helicopter company, the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, the Seychelles Land Transport Corporation, two dozen hotels, plus a hospital, an old people's home and the Land Marine company.</p>

    <p>All told, 1,000 people were evacuated.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The scenario has given us new data and information to consider and has clearly showed that damage to infrastructure will be high,&rdquo; said Ms. Regina Prosper, the &nbsp;Division of Risk and Disaster Management expert who was at the helm of the drill in Seychelles.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Many infrastructures will be inundated, so we will need to work on this in the next few months,&rdquo; she added.</p>

    <p>Evacuating people to higher ground and ensuring quick transportation were also identified as serious problems that need to be tackled better. Traffic is already heavy in Victoria at the best of times, and roads may not be practicable if a real tsunami happens.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We will be able to move 15,000 people with our buses if it is necessary, but we cannot predict if the roads will be okay,&rdquo; said Mr. Jean Claude Rosine, supervisor at the Seychelles Land Transport Corporation.</p>

    <p>More than 90,000 people live in Seychelles, mostly on its shores, and there is only one main road going around the main Island and three main inland ones.</p>

    <p>Shelters were also identified as a concern, given that schools, which currently constitute the main buildings to be requisitioned in the event of a disaster, may lack capacity to take in enough evacuees.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We still have some problems but we are learning after each simulation and we can reasonably say that Seychelles is today better prepared to face a tsunami than in 2004. Staff in our main public services are much more prepared and our key partners have contingency plans in place,&rdquo; said Ms. Prosper.</p>

    <p>Besides earthquakes off Indonesia, Seychelles is also threatened by shakes in the Makran Trench, off Pakistan and Iran, that could lead to a tsunami hitting within five hours. A tsunami could also be triggered by volcanic eruptions on Reunion Island or the Comoros, with waves estimated to arrive in less than three hours.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/OwHwwNSH6CA&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 30 September 2016
    Protect dolphins, UK government urged

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Campaigners are demanding better safeguards for the UK's marine mammals after the EU said it would take Britain to court over harbour porpoises.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 30 September 2016
    WHO/Europe and Ministry of Health of Greece expand collaboration on health reform priorities

    Greece, with support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe, has embarked on a two-year initiative as part of the country&rsquo;s ongoing large-scale health sector reform. The second phase of the &ldquo;Strengthening capacity for universal coverage&rdquo; (SCUC2) project supports Greece&rsquo;s move towards universal health coverage and will focus specifically on providing universal access to health services; establishing transparent, inclusive and modernized health governance; and ensuring fair and sustainable health financing.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=Y_eEuUoILHU:6rB5G_Tib… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=Y_eEuUoILHU:6rB5G_Tib… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=Y_eEuUoILHU:6rB5G_Tib… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/Y_eEuUoILHU&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 30 September 2016
    PRESSEEINLADUNG: 6. Oktober 2016 - Festakt zur Grundsteinlegung des Erweiterungsbaus auf dem UN Campus

    Sehr geehrte MedienvertreterInnen,

    wir laden Sie herzlich ein zum Festakt anlässlich der Grundsteinlegung für den Erweiterungsbau auf dem UN Campus.  

    ES SPRECHEN

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  • 30 September 2016
    PRESS INVITE: 6 October 2016 - Ground-Breaking Ceremony of Extension Building on the UN Campus

    Dear media representatives,

    We cordially invite you to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new extension building on the UN Campus in Bonn.  

    SPEAKERS

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  • 30 September 2016
    New collaborating centre on cultural contexts of health at the University of Exeter

    Data and statistics have long been recognized as integral to making informed and evidence-based policy decisions about public health. But increasingly &ndash; and particularly since the adoption of the Health 2020 policy framework &ndash; greater emphasis has been placed on examining how cultural factors affect health and well-being. For example, how might religion or other cultural practices influence nutrition in a given community? How do local customs or values affect the health response during an outbreak? Investigating the cultural contexts of health is an important step towards understanding people&rsquo;s experiences and lifestyle choices; such investigation may ultimately lead to better public health across the WHO European Region.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=qWISWh1rBIg:DMpY9UTM-… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=qWISWh1rBIg:DMpY9UTM-… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=qWISWh1rBIg:DMpY9UTM-… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/qWISWh1rBIg&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 30 September 2016
    Amazon’s pink river dolphins reveal the bizarre impacts of seafood fraud

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In recent years numbers of South America’s freshwater dolpins have fallen. But they’re not being caught to eat, but as bait for a common catfish being fraudulently sold under a different name.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 30 September 2016
    Global warming to breach 2C limit by 2050 unless tougher action: study

    Source: Reuters - Global warming is on track to breach a 2 degrees Celsius threshold by 2050 unless governments at least double their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said on Thursday.

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  • 30 September 2016
    Moroccan Fog-Water Harvesting Project Wins United Nations Award

    Source: Morocco World News - The United Nations has awarded on Thursday in Bonn (Germany) a climate change prize to a Moroccan fog-water harvesting project, considered to be The world’s largest operational fog-water harvesting system.

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  • 30 September 2016
    UN officials optimistic of Paris climate accord’s entry into force by year’s end

    Source: UN News Centre - Senior United Nations officials today announced that the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is closer to entering into force, as India – a country that produces more than four per cent of global emissions – plans to submit its ratification at the end of the week.

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  • 30 September 2016
    Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark

    Source: AP - A team of top scientists is telling world leaders to stop congratulating themselves on the Paris agreement to fight climate change because if more isn't done, global temperatures will likely hit dangerous warming levels in about 35 years.

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  • 30 September 2016
    Ethiopia soil map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight

    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - A comprehensive digital map charting soil fertility in Ethiopia is proving an important tool in tackling the country’s low farm productivity, a challenge made more acute by climate change.

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  • 30 September 2016
    EU Lawmakers Divided on Post-2020 Emissions-Market Reform

    Source: Bloomberg - European Parliament lawmakers presented differing visions for Europe’s carbon-market reform in a signal to investors that an overhaul of the ailing cap-and-trade program after 2020 will likely require months of further political bargaining.

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  • 30 September 2016
    Aviation emissions targeted in New Zealand climate change plan

    Source: Xinhua - New Zealand's emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be the world's first major ETS to include airlines, Transport and Associate Climate Change Minister Simon Bridges said Thursday.

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  • 30 September 2016
    India Wants Aviation Carbon Cap to Follow Paris Pact

    Source: The Wire - India has proposed key changes in an international deal to restrain aviation emissions so that measures by International Civil Aviation Organisation are in line with the Paris pact on climate change.

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  • 30 September 2016
    Accord sur le CO2 ou pluie de taxes ? L'heure des choix pour le transport aérien

    Source: La Tribune - Lors de l'assemblée générale de l'OACI, l'organisation internationale de l'aviation civile, qui s'achèvera le 7 octobre, les 191 Etats membres vont tenter de signer un accord pour baisser les émissions de CO2 du transport aérien.

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  • 30 September 2016
    Climat : la Pologne annonce vouloir ratifier l'Accord de Paris…sous conditions

    Source: Novethic - La Pologne était jusqu’alors désignée comme le mouton noir de l’UE sur les questions climatiques. Mais le pays vient de multiplier les annonces sur sa ratification très prochaine de l’Accord de Paris.

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  • 30 September 2016
    IVCO2016: How can Volunteerism Help Strengthen the Resilience of Communities against Emerging Global Risks?

    UNV and GIZ Landmark Conference to tackle question from October 9-12th in Bonn

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    • Volunteerism
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  • 30 September 2016
    IVCO2016: Wie kann freiwilliges Engagement die Widerstandsfähigkeit von Gesellschaften gegenüber globalen Risiken stärken?

    Eine wegweisende Konferenz in Bonn, gemeinsam organisiert von UNV und GIZ, sucht vom 9. bis 12. Oktober Antworten

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  • 30 September 2016
    Mountain Gorilla Ecotourism: A Tale of Two Countries

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Mountain gorillas are big business in the Virungas, the majestic volcanic mountain range that is shared between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 29 September 2016
    Sharks fascinate us - but are we prepared to protect them from extinction?

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Sharks’ reputation as fearsome predators means that it can be difficult to convince the public of the urgent need for conservation.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 29 September 2016
    UK faces European court for failing to protect porpoises

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>UK has failed to provide enough safe habitats for the mammals, with just one small site formally proposed so far, says European commission.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 29 September 2016
    Sea Turtles Can Save Themselves If We Clean Up Our Act

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans ever since <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.leatherback.org/why-l…;

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  • 29 September 2016
    New data shows 'staggering' extent of great ape trade

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37513707">BBC</a></p&gt; </div></div></div>

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  • 29 September 2016
    World demands ecotourism

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The booming social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has been used by many Indonesians to promote the country’s beauty to the outside world.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 29 September 2016
    East Africa: EAC Told to Invest in Climate Change Mitigating Projects

    Source: All Africa - Andrew Gilder, a climate change expert, has urged the East African Community to invest in projects aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions.

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  • 29 September 2016
    170 Airports, Including New Carbon Neutral Airports in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe

    Source: Aviation Pros - As all the actors in the air transport sector gather for the 39th ICAO Assembly in Montreal this week, aiming at agreeing on a Global Market Based Measure to address international airline emissions, the global airport industry is also meeting in Montreal – at this year's ACI World & N-A Annual General Assembly.

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  • 29 September 2016
    COMMENT: Nations, Airlines Are Set To Agree To Limits On Aircraft Carbon Emissions -- But It's Mostly For Show

    Source: Forbes -

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  • 29 September 2016
    OMM alerta sobre efectos del cambio climático en el Ártico y pide protección

    Source: El Mundo - El cambio climático afecta especialmente al Ártico, cuya temperatura aumenta a un ritmo sin precedentes, por lo que la Organización Mundial de la Meteorología (OMM) hizo hoy un llamamiento para su vigilancia y protección.

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  • 29 September 2016
    Andalucía se adhiere al Compact de Estados y Regiones sobre cambio climático

    Source: Iagua - Andalucía se ha adherido al Compact de Estados y Regiones, la organización que realiza la primera contabilidad global sobre objetivos de reducción de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) de gobiernos estatales y regionales.

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  • 29 September 2016
    Inicia en Panamá Foro Latinoamericano y del Caribe del Carbono

    Source: El Heraldo de Saltillo - El Foro Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Carbono inició este miércoles en Panamá, donde se busca, por décimo año consecutivo, que los actores clave de los sectores público y privado se suman a la discusión para acelerar las contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional de los países de la región, y vincular a agencias de cooperación, potenciales inversores y prestadores de servicios.

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  • 29 September 2016
    El Acuerdo de París avanza hacia su pronta entrada en vigor

    Source: CINU - El Acuerdo de París sobre el cambio climático firmado en diciembre pasado, podría estar listo para que entre en vigor en la COP22 que se celebrará en noviembre en Marrakech, Marruecos, afirmó la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (CMNUCC).

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  • 29 September 2016
    Nantes. Une déclaration commune pour clore le sommet Climate Chance

    Source: Ouest-france - Les acteurs non-étatiques, réunis depuis lundi pour la première édition du sommet mondial Climate Chance, viennent de signer un texte commun.

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  • 29 September 2016
    Climat : 24 villes, dont Paris, s'engagent à promouvoir les «bus propres»

    Source: Libération - Afin de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, la Ville de Paris a signé mercredi, aux côtés de 23 autres villes du monde, un engagement à promouvoir les «bus propres», informe l'AFP.

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  • 29 September 2016
    L’OACI prépare la mise en place d’une taxe carbone internationale

    Source: Air-Journal - L’Union européenne avait été précurseur en imposant une taxe carbone aux avions survolant les pays européens. Aujourd’hui, l’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale (OACI ou en anglais ICAO pour International Civil Aviation Organization) prépare une résolution semblable pour lutter contre les émissions de CO².

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  • 29 September 2016
    Record levels of carbon dioxide to fuel disasters

    <p><strong>29 September 2016, GENEVA</strong> &ndash; The UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today urged world leaders to take note of the profound implications of this month&rsquo;s record carbon dioxide readings and to increase their level of commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;It is deeply disturbing to learn that global levels of 400 parts per million have now been reached in September for the first time. The last time CO2 levels were this high was 15 to 20 million years ago.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;September is traditionally when the lowest levels are recorded. This means that we are unlikely to see levels below 400 parts per million for the foreseeable future. We know that the safe level is well below this.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;It also means that we are systematically raising levels of disaster risk for future generations and we can expect more severe weather events in the years ahead. Climate disasters already account for 90% of all disasters caused by natural hazards.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;This is potentially catastrophic especially for low and middle-income countries that contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions but have huge populations exposed to drought, floods and storms.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Much more vigorous action is necessary for a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 2&deg;C while the Paris Agreement recognises that limiting global warming to 1.5&deg;C rather than 2&deg;C would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.&quot;</p>

    <p><em>A 2009 study in the journal Science found that the last time in Earth&rsquo;s history when CO2 levels in the atmosphere were this high for a sustained period was between 15 and 20 million years ago. Then, according to the study, temperatures were between 3C and 6C warmer than today. Ice sheets, the study said, had melted to the point where sea levels rose between 25 and 40 metres.</em></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/gC-e9U5gxDk&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 28 September 2016
    African elephants, rhinos central at CITES conference

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>For many endangered species, the race is on control illegal trade before they go extinct.</p></div></div></div>

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  • 28 September 2016
    Public health successes and missed opportunities - new report on alcohol-attributable deaths

    For the first time, trends in alcohol consumption and related mortality have been examined systematically for all countries in the WHO European Region for an extended period. WHO/Europe&rsquo;s new report &ldquo;Public health successes and missed opportunities. Trends in alcohol consumption and attributable mortality in the WHO European Region, 1990&ndash;2014&rdquo; shows that over the past 25 years alcohol-attributable deaths increased by 4%.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=lJn54HYHEps:NZIK69Oks… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=lJn54HYHEps:NZIK69Oks… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=I9og5sOYxJI&quot; border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?a=lJn54HYHEps:NZIK69Oks… src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/who/euro/rss/en?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/who/euro/rss/en/~4/lJn54HYHEps&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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