UNESCO

Event: International Conference on Ecohydrology [viewed]

The International Conference on Ecohydrology aims to synthesize information and knowledge gaps to address issues related to aquatic ecosystems; and to assess how ecohydrology and ecotechnology could provide low cost environmentally sound technology for sustainable water management, especially in the Asia Pacific region. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 22nd meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the main challenges and threats facing island and coastal biosphere reserves, including climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; natural disasters; and waste management. Participants will share their perspectives and experiences on the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, including on potential ways to address challenges and threats to reserves. Representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves from Australia, Chile, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Yemen are expected to attend.  

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Event: 17th Meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate [viewed]

The 17th meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC-17) of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) will convene to discuss: planning and reporting; implementation of the OOPC Work Plan, including consideration of the Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 and Deep Ocean Observing Strategy; observing system requirements, design and evaluation; evaluating coastal observation requirements and implementation globally; and priorities and activities to progress in 2014-2016. The OOPC is a scientific advisory body of GOOS, which is sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Council for Science (ICSU).  

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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UNGA Speakers Recommend including Culture in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNGA5 May 2014: UN Member States and officials recognized the role of culture in tackling poverty and promoting sustainable growth at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Thematic Debate on Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Participants recammended integrating culture, in all its facets, into the post-2015 development agenda. The Thematic Debate took place on 5 May 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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PacMAB Commits to Revitalizing Pacific Isle Conservation [viewed]

UNESCO1 May 2014: Participants at the Fourth Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) meeting agreed on commitments to intensify efforts and activities in Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for the Pacific States convened the regional meeting to re-energize the PacMAB network and its activities.

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UNESCO Sub-Commission Calls for Creation of Ocean Observation Network for Indo-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO IOC30 April 2014: The 9th International Scientific Symposium of the Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has adopted a Joint Directors' Statement in line with the meeting's theme, ‘A Healthy and Safe Ocean for Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.' Eighteen directors of marine research institutes signed the statement at a one-day open-ended Research Directors' Forum held during the symposium, which convened 45 representatives and experts from scientific, academic, and operational organizations to advance collaboration on marine observations in the region.

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UNESCO Highlights Underwater Cultural Heritage in SIDS [viewed]

UNESCO27 April 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an event on ‘The potentials, preservation and use of sustainable benefits of Underwater Cultural Heritage in small island developing States (SIDS),' on the margins of the intersessional meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Third International Conference on SIDS. Presentations highlighted the potential role of underwater cultural heritage in sustainable tourism in SIDS.

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