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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6[viewed]

Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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AGWA Launches Toolkit for Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resources Management[viewed]

The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and partners have launched a manual for dealing with uncertainty under climate change by applying climate-informed decision-making to water resource management, project design and risk evaluation. The manual was launched in a seminar held during World Water Week, on 4 September.

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CGIAR, UNU Study Reveals Cost of Salt Build-up on Agricultural Lands[viewed]

A report from the UN and the CGIAR consortium reveals that land degradation due to salt build-up is causing damages in some 75 countries, estimated at more than US$27 billion per year.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS[viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Event: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards[viewed]

This conference is the culmination of two European Commission (EC) projects: Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists (CHANGES); and Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation (IncREO).

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System[viewed]

Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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UN-Water Reports on Stakeholder Dialogue on Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

UN-Water released a summary report from its fifth annual UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue, which convened under the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Nexus and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The report describes the dialogue's sessions on UN-Water activities on water and energy, the water, energy and food nexus and the post-2015 agenda, and a high-level panel discussion on the integration of the water, energy and food security nexus in the post-2015 agenda.

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Event: OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus[viewed]

This Forum will provide a platform for senior policy experts, private sector leaders and government officials from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and partner countries to explore how countries can align policy goals to address water, energy and food reforms in a coherent way.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia[viewed]

UN-Habitat participated in a two-day high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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Cap-Net Launches Virtual Campus with Pilot IWRM Course[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Cap-Net has launched a virtual campus as part of its strategy to explore diverse forms of media for capacity development and facilitate collaborative work among Cap-Net's Secretariat, network and other partners.

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