Meeting

Event: Climate Symposium 2014: Climate Research and Earth Observations from Space [viewed]

This symposium is expected to contribute to the development of an efficient and sustained international space-based Earth observing system. It will bring together international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modeling, with a particular emphasis on the role of space-based Earth observations, in order to advance knowledge of the current climate at global and regional scales, and in assessing climate models. The symposium will discuss the current state of climate science and climate observations in order to evaluate recent achievements, determine objectives to be realized with satellite-based climate information, and identify gaps in the current space-based component of the climate observing system. A proposed architecture for sustained climate monitoring from space will be discussed.

The conference will also consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection, and is expected to contribute to climate-related risk management, and affordable mitigation and adaptation options. The symposium will create a joint action plan for an enhanced international space-based climate observing system, which will respond to current and emerging needs in climate research, modeling and services.

Other key themes to be discussed include: clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity; the changing water cycle; cryosphere in a warming world; ocean circulation and regional sea level rise; prediction and attribution of extremes; and regional climate variability and change. The symposium is being sponsored by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the City of Darmstadt, among others.  

read more »

Event: 24th Adaptation Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will hold its 24th meeting to hear reports from the Chair, the secretariat, the Accreditation Panel, the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC), and the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC). The Board will also take up items remaining from its 23rd meeting, including: a strategic discussion of objectives and steps for the Fund; report from the fundraising task force; implementation of the readiness programme; and the second review of the Fund. Other agenda items include: communication and outreach; financial issues with regard to the Trust Fund, certified emission reduction (CER) monetization and project/programme pipeline; issues related to regional projects/programmes; dialogue with civil society organizations (CSOs); and election of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Board, PPRC, EFC and Accreditation Panel.  

read more »

ADP Co-Chairs Outline Scenario for October Session [viewed]

UNFCCC8 October 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have issued a scenario note on the sixth part of the ADP's second session (ADP 2-6). The document (ADP.2014.9.InformalNote) presents the Co-Chairs' proposals on how to carry out the work of ADP 2-6 and aims to assist parties in their preparations for the upcoming session.

read more »

ECOSOC Reflects on SIDS Conference, Post-2015, Climate Processes [viewed]

ECOSOC1 October 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held an informal stock-taking meeting on the outcome of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference took place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014, and the stock-taking meeting allowed UN Member States to reflect on the Conference outcome document, the 'SAMOA Pathway,' as well as the way forward.

read more »

ILO's World Day for Decent Work Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Ilo7 October 2014: In a blog post published by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, highlights that trade unions chose climate change as the theme for the 2014 World Day for Decent Work, celebrated on 7 October 2014. Ryder elaborates on the links between sustainability and prosperity, quoting the union slogan that quipped, "there are no jobs on a dead planet" and "business cannot succeed on a planet that fails."

read more »

WMO, Oman Build Cyclone Forecasting/Warning Capacity [viewed]

WMO7 October 2014: The Sultanate of Oman and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through the provision of training for forecasters using the most current techniques.

read more »

Adaptation Committee, NAP Task Force Prepare for COP 20 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2014: The sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC 6) addressed, inter alia: coherence under the UNFCCC, including representation, adaptation-related mandates, and collaboration with the Standing Committee (SCF) on Finance and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC); means of implementation; and national adaptation plans (NAPs), including work of the NAP Task Force, financial support for NAPs and progress made on NAP Central.

read more »

EuropeAid Launches Rural Electrification Financing Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 October 2014: In an effort to accelerate rural electrification in developing countries, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) has launched an ‘Electrification Financing Initiative' (ElectriFI), which aims to generate business opportunities in this area by supporting the private sector.

read more »

Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation [viewed]

World Bank29 September 2014: The 11th meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC), hosted by the World Bank, discussed the latest research on the economics of water management, focusing on the theme “Efficiency and Water Conservation.”

read more »

Policy Update #16: UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate [viewed]

“dear matafele peinam… they're marching for you, baby they're marching for us because we deserve to do more than just survive we deserve to thrive.” (Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist speaking at the opening of the 2014 Climate Summit)

read more »