Publication

UN/ISDR Launches Media Handbook on Reporting About Disasters [viewed]

26 May 2011: During the Third Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) launched a media handbook, titled "Disaster through a Different Lens,” which aims to assist journalists to cover disasters in ways to persuade national and local governments to invest more in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies. 

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FAO Invites Comments on Guidelines for Forest Policymakers [viewed]

25 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a zero draft of the "Climate Change for Forest Policy Makers- An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management," and is calling for comments on the draft by 20 June 2011.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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UNFCCC Publishes Addendum to Compilation and Synthesis of Fifth National Communications [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum to the compilation and synthesis (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.1/ Add.1) of fifth national communications.

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/6) on the second part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will take place from 7-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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Sandwatcher Newsletter Reports on Indian Ocean Workshop [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the April 2011 issue of "The Sandwatcher." The newsletter describes activities undertaken by Sandwatch network groups worldwide, including the Sandwatch Regional Indian Ocean Workshop held on Mahe, Seychelles, in October 2010.

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IEA Book Presents Methodology to Evaluate Variable Renewable Energy Potentials [viewed]

24 May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book titled “Harnessing Variable Renewables: A Guide to the Balancing Challenge,” which presents a method of assessing resources needed to balance supply and demand in power systems utilizing large shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as solar photovoltaic, wind and tidal energy.

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OECD/IEA Paper Suggests Pathways Forward for MRV [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a working paper titled “Monitoring and Tracking Long-Term Finance to Support Climate Action,” which discusses and proposes a method for beginning to overcome shortcomings of current monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate finance under the UNFCCC.

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FAO, World Bank Release Forest Governance Framework [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) have released a forest governance guidance framework with applications for developing countries' efforts for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), titled "Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance."

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for the Second Part of AWG-KP 16 [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/3) for the second part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16), which aims to share with delegations reflections on the first part of the 16th session and to inform them of the proposed organization of work for the second part.

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