UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: International Recovery Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 International Recovery Forum will be organized under the theme 'Commemorating Two Decades of Lessons from the 1995 Kobe Earthquake and its Critical Importance to the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' coinciding with a series of commemorative events on disaster risk reduction (DRR) planned in Kobe, Japan, for the month of January 2015. The Forum is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), Japan's Cabinet Office, the Hyogo Prefectural Government (HPG) and the International Recovery Platform (IRP). The Forum outcomes are expected to provide inputs for the discussions on DRR at the forthcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place from 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.  

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Event: Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience [viewed]

Organized by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), jointly with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience will convene world leaders and scientists prior to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to discuss how science and technology can help in disaster risk reduction (DRR), fostering sustainable development. The conference will be held under the theme 'Towards a New Science and Technology to Consolidate Disaster Rsk Reduction and Sustainable Development,' with discussions centering around three areas, namely: consolidating a concept that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goal-setting for disaster reduction; sharing best practices in DRR; and identifying concrete initiatives to support a comprehensive, multi-hazards approach in DRR.  

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FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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UNEP, WMO Assessment: Fast-Track ODS Elimination to Accelerate Ozone Recovery [viewed]

unep-wmo19 December 2014: A report by nearly 300 scientists from 36 countries has concluded that ozone layer recovery will occur more rapidly if eliminating the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and managing other remaining ODSs, are fast-tracked. ‘Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014' finds that phasing out the small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted from phase-outs, would hasten ozone recovery by about 11 years.

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Event: Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

The Third Global Scientific Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is the result of a Netherlands-led initiative aimed at simultaneously addressing the themes of agriculture, food security and climate change. The Conference will continue the work of the first and second conferences, held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in 2011, and Davis, California, US, in 2013. The initiative has structured its work around two parallel processes: one to address the science of CSA and the other to focus on policy. The conference, which will focus on vulnerable countries and populations, filling research gaps and closing the science-policy divide, will be an opportunity for researchers to update knowledge of CSA and make recommendations to policymakers. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium are among the conference organizers.  

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COP 20 Presidency Endorses Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative [viewed]

limacop2014 December 2014: The Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC has endorsed the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNFCCC Secretariat at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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UNEP FI Report Reviews How Public Interventions Can Unlock Private Climate Finance [viewed]

Unepfin5 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Finance Initiative has published a report, titled ‘Demystifying Private Climate Finance,' which discusses the concept of private finance, how it links with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and how public actors can mobilize it. The report aims to increase policymakers' understanding of private finance and introduce an approach that climate policy makers can follow when designing public interventions for unlocking private climate finance.

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WMO: 2014 on Track to be Europe's Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

Wmo17 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be Europe's warmest year on record. A new analysis of European temperature records dating back to the 1500s estimates the January-December annual mean temperature to be .3°C above the previous record set in 2007.

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FAO Reports on Mesoamerican LULUCF Workshop [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Mesoamerican Workshop on National Emissions Inventories and Mitigation Plans in Agriculture, Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assisted 15 countries in identifying resources and methods in order to improve their reporting under the UNFCCC, according to the workshop's final report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report also relays the major challenges these countries face in both implementing and reporting on measures to address climate change.

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African Sustainable Transport Forum Outcome Document Released [viewed]

astf15 December 2014: Following the inaugural conference of the African Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF), an outcome document has been published that summarizes the ASTF's ministerial session and the ASTF Action Framework. The Framework includes 13 actions and an institutional structure for the ASTF Secretariat. It also presents a roadmap for sustainable transport in Africa, based on a harmonization of priority action areas identified by conference participants.

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