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Event: Second Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Terminology and Indicators [viewed]

The second formal session of this expert working group will meet from 10-11 February 2016, preceded by an informal session on 9 February. The meeting will address indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, and DRR terminology. The working group was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and is comprised of experts nominated by States, and supported by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), with relevant stakeholder involvement. Its aim is to develop a set of possible indicators and terminology to measure global progress in implementing the Framework in coherence with the work of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).  

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Event: 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management [viewed]

The 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management (INDM) will bring together Iranian and international experts in risk and disaster management to discuss a range of topics in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030. The conference will focus on four priority action areas: understanding disaster risk, including exposure, vulnerability and hazard characteristics; strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risk; investing in DRR for resilience; and enhancing disaster preparedness to effectively respond and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. More specifically, the conference will address: climate change adaptation; risk management with an emphasis on earthquakes, floods, storms and extreme heat and cold; risk management in massive religious structures; interaction and communication of risk in controlling the consequences of natural hazards; the role of urban strategies in disaster preparedness and response; the use of new technologies, such as remote sensing, monitoring and warning systems, innovations and inventions; national strategies for risk and crisis management; health management in crisis, with the aim of reducing amputations; mental health management of survivors, particularly children and women; and population management to prevent deaths during religious ceremonies. The conference is being organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos) and the INDM Secretariat.  

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Event: Global Climate Observation: The Road to the Future [viewed]

This conference will enable producers and users of climate observations, as well as other stakeholders, to review and provide input to and feedback on the next Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan, which is being prepared for the UNFCCC Secretariat. The conference will: discuss current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and possible new areas for ECVs; enable an assessment of the quality of the current observing system; highlight achievements in producing ECVs in the areas of atmosphere, ocean and land; discuss how defining ECVs contributes to understanding energy, water and carbon cycles; identify future needs related to adaptation and mitigation requirements in other areas, such as desertification, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and address new developments based on COP 21 outcomes as well as technology and climate communications. The conference is expected to result in a list of priorities and actions, some of which may be included in the implementation plan.  

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Event: Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The resumed 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 15-16 July 2016, followed by OEWG 38 from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016.  

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Event: 37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

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Event: 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

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Event: UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework [viewed]

This conference will promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to disaster risk reduction (DRR)-related decision making. It will bring together the science and technology community, policymakers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions to discuss how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. The expected conference outcomes are to: launch the UN Office for DRR's (UNISDR) Science and Technology Partnership for implementing the Framework; discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap to 2030; and identify expected outcomes of science and technology work under the Framework's priorities for action and ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs. The conference will include a high-level panel during which the Science and Technology Roadmap will be introduced, agreed and endorsed. It will also include workstreams on: the Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the Framework's implementation; understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning; leveraging science through capacity development and research; and use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support implementation and reporting. Each work stream will include various subgroup meeting on related themes.

This conference is being organized by UNISDR in coordination with its Scientific and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and in cooperation with, inter alia, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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Guest Article #137: Mobilising 100 Financial Institutions for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

This month's COP 21 in Paris concluded with a universal agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to aim to further reduce it to below 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, the world needs to shift to carbon neutral economies within this century – with a downward carbon trend required well before 2050.

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UNEP DTU Provides Guidance in NAMA Prioritization [viewed]

unep-dtu21 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has released a publication aimed at helping national stakeholders in the nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) prioritization process. Titled 'Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Developing a Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Process for Prioritization of NAMAs,' the publication presents MCDA as a tool to help policymakers rank or short-list NAMA options.

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