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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Technology Enhances Climate Resilience, Climate Change Security Risks Assessed [viewed]

unesco_unisdr_unhabitat_adb_wmo21 September 2016: Increasing climate resilience has been the focus of the recent weeks' events, initiatives and publications reported in this Update. These developments have demonstrated that climate resilience and disaster disk management (DRM) can be enhanced by giving prominence to the role of technology and the private sector. The relationship between climate change and national security has also received attention.

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Event: First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Elaboration of a Preliminary Text of a Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Morocco will convene the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) to launch the preparation of a preliminary text of a non-binding declaration on ethical principles related to climate change. The 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, held in November 2015, invited UNESCO to begin preparing the declaration with the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, and in consultation with member States. The aim is to complement the Paris Agreement and submit the preliminary text to the 39th session of the General Conference in 2017.  

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Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System [viewed]

united_nations18 September 2016: Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the summary report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change [viewed]

This international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, and is being organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-France), in partnership with Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Tebtebba. The Conference is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Japanese funds-in-trust to UNESCO, and the National Research Agency of France.  

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UNESCO, Morocco Lay Groundwork for Declaration on Ethical Principles Related to Climate Change [viewed]

unesco_morocco1 September 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Morocco have signed a host country agreement to convene the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) to launch the preparation of a preliminary text of a non-binding declaration on ethical principles related to climate change. During the signing, Eric Falt, UNESCO Assistant Director-General, underscored that the agreement will reinforce cooperation between UNESCO and Morocco to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [viewed]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council will address climate change, sustainable palm oil and illegal trade, as well as a proposal to add gibbons to the GRASP mandate. Governments, research institutions, conservation organizations, UN agencies and the private sector will attend the meeting. The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. GRASP is comprised of 105 partners, and the Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. GRASP's six priorities areas include: political advocacy, illegal trade, green economy, disease monitoring, conflict sensitive conservation and habitat protection. GRASP was founded in 2001 to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, all of which are either endangered or critically endangered. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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Event: September 2016 CCAC Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) will convene at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 20-21 September 2016. The focus of this Working Group meeting will be on learning more about the progress and impact of the CCAC initiatives through interactive sessions. It will also involve discussion and agreement on changes to the CCAC partnership and governance following the work of the Task Team, including changes to streamline the funding process. Preparations for the High Level Assembly (HLA) in Marrakesh, Morocco, on the margins of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC will also be discussed.  

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 to Open for Public Review [viewed]

GCOS WCRP logosJuly 2016: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Programme's Implementation Plan will be open for public review from 25 July to 5 September 2016. The 2016 Plan, which is being prepared in consultation with the global climate scientific and observing community, will be presented to the Steering Committee for final endorsement and submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 10 October 2016. The GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 will then be submitted to the 45th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 45) under the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016.

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European Development Days Focus on SDG Implementation [viewed]

edd16 June 2016: Participants at the European Development Days (EDD 2016) underscored the role of partnerships in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The tenth anniversary of the EDD, which was organized by the European Commission (EC), focused on 15 topics related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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