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United Nations Development Programme & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities - Issue 1

The bulletins provide the latest information on UNDP’s support to countries to effect policy and institutional change for Climate Change Adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-level. It includes updates on a range of topics including the status of ongoing projects, new project approvals, performance indicators, project impacts and results, and noteworthy announcements.

Climate Change and Human Development in Viet Nam

Viet Nam is a low-income country, but has recently made spectacular progress in terms of
both economic growth and poverty reduction. The official poverty rate has fallen from 58
percent in 1993, to 19.5 percent in 2004 (VASS 2006). Strong economic growth is likely to
continue following recent accession to the World Trade Organisation, with increased
international trade and direct foreign investment reinforcing Viet Nam’s progress towards
middle-income country status. As Viet Nam continues to be transformed from a highly

“Climate-Smart” Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation

The paper “Climate-Smart” Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation has been published by FAO for the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands from 31 October to 5 November, 2010.

Summary and policy implications Vision 2030 : the resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change.

Introduction

Drinking-water and sanitation are foundations
of public health and development. Citizens in
developed countries take them largely for granted,
yet they are carefully regulated by governments.
In the developing world they are targets of
development policy.

Confronting Climate Change and Land Degradation in Viet Nam Increasing Finance for Sustainable Land Management

The Asia and Pacific Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD )
and the Asia and Pacific Desk of the Global Mechanism (GM ) of the United Nation’s Convention
to Combat Desertification (UNCCD ) have been working together to articulate adaptation and
mitigation responses to climate change as a means of strengthening sustainability of project interventions and to mobilize supplementary funding from climate change financing
mechanisms to scale up pro-poor sustainable land management (SLM) activities.

Tackling Climate Change, Contributions of Capacity Development

Climate Changes tackles all sectors in different dimensions and with different impacts. The challenges facing the developing countries and international cooperation are immense. GTZ can draw on many years of experience in more than 100 countries in sectors. To share this information our innovative solutions, approaches and practical experiences are summarized in this publication.

Planning to Deliver: Making the Rio Conventions more Effective on the Ground Climate Change, Biodiversity, Desertification

The instrument of national action plans (NAP) is currently being debated; this report provides insight and analysis for the ongoing discussion. It reviews the history of the NAPs under the three conventions, revisits global expectations from the national planning exercise and explores their synergies. The conclusions recap key challenges at the global and national level that should be urgently addressed before any future national planning exercises are launched.

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