UNESCO

Event: Third International Workshop on Advances in the Use of Historical Marine Climate Data [viewed]

This workshop is organized jointly by the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and the European Space Agency (ESA), and is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Climate Variability and Predictability Project (CLIVAR) and the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC). This workshop will showcase and build on recent advances in marine climatology, including: evaluation, use and improvement of the over 300-year record of ICOADS; development of multi-decadal, homogeneous gridded datasets for climate applications; and characterization of uncertainty and bias in marine observations and products. The aim of the workshop is to recommend a 10-year action plan for improved integration and accessibility of climatological observations.  

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UNECE and Partners Publish 2010 MDG Report [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the report "The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward.”

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Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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Event: 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities: World Heritage Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The theme of the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities is "World Heritage Cities and Climate Change." Recognizing that in the face of climate change, World Heritage Cities are among the most vulnerable places to experience rapidly occurring changes, the Congress aims to create a platform for dialogue and exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge on the issue of World Heritage Cities and Climate Change and its transfer into policy and action. The Congress will include sessions on adaptation and mitigation measures to be taken by historic cities, a poster session featuring case studies related to the theme of the Congress, and activities for a select group of journalists, who will contribute their views about the relations between heritage and climate change.  

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GCOS Releases Details on Public Review of 2011 Satellite Supplement for the Global Observing System for Climate [viewed]

April 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) will present the 2011 update to the satellite-based component of the "Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC" for public review.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Exhibitions Present SIDS Response to Climate Change [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has created a multimedia project to exhibit pioneer actions implemented by small island developing States (SIDS) in the face of climate change and rising sea levels.

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Blue Carbon Working Group Releases Recommendations [viewed]

March 2011: At its first meeting, the International Working Group on Coastal "Blue" Carbon underscored the need for active and effective measures to protect the large and vulnerable carbon pools stored in seagrasses, tidal marshes, and mangroves, and to restore and reestablish their carbon sequestration capacity.

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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UNESCO Convenes Caribbean Conference on Climate Change and Ethics [viewed]

10 March 2011: The Caribbean Conference on Climate Change and Ethical Principles, which was held from 8-9 March 2011, in Saint Kitts and Nevis, concluded with policy makers and other delegates vowing to intensify efforts to raise their populations' awareness of climate change and promote behavioral change on related issues.

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UNESCO Launches Portal on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which demonstrates how education helps societies and individuals to achieve sustainability.

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