UNESCO

UNESCO Showcases Support to Climate Action, COP 21 [viewed]

UNESCONovember 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Task Force on COP 21 and Climate Change has released a short publication that outlines the Organization's contributions to addressing climate change. The publication also provides information on UNESCO events and initiatives in the run-up to, and during, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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UNESCO Youth Forum Issues Recommendations on 2030 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

UNESCO6 November 2015: Participants at the Ninth UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth Forum, held on the theme ‘Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet,' agreed on a series of recommendations on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Forum aimed to ensure that voices of future generations remain front and center in the 2030 Agenda.

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Event: Earth To Paris—Le Hub [viewed]

Convening on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, 'Earth To Paris—Le Hub' will provide the opportunity for cross-sector, solutions-oriented engagement in climate change conversations around the Paris Conference, and a platform for amplifying the conversation across social and digital media. Experts, advocates, business and other leaders will discuss solutions to climate change, while participants around the world will be able to participate through multi-language livestreamed video and real-time interactions across multiple social media platforms. The hashtag for the event is #EarthToParis. Speakers will include: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris; Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF); and Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The first day of ‘Earth To Paris—Le Hub' will convene at the Petit Palais and the second day will be held at UNESCO headquarters. Earth To Paris is a coalition of partners helping to increase awareness about the connection between people and planet, and the need for strong climate action.  

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Status Report on GCOS Released [viewed]

GCOS26 October 2015: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released a report, titled ‘Status of the Global Observing System for Climate,' which reviews the overall status of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that support the work of the UNFCCC, and assesses progress made on the latest GCOS implementation plan.

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UNESCO Project Assesses Loss and Damage in the Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO22 October 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP), has begun work on assessing loss and damage from climate change and extreme weather events in Pacific island countries.

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Event: 23rd Session of the GCOS Steering Committee [viewed]

The 23rd Session of the Global Climate Observing System's (GCOS) Steering Committee is expected to discuss, among other things strategy, review and plans, including the GCOS Implementation Plan. It will also feature a scientific and technical discussion with partners and expert panels on, inter alia: information on preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; reports on past and future activities; and engagement with GCOS partners. The Committee will also discuss governance and budget. The meeting will be preceded by GCOS Science Day on Monday, 28 September 2015, which will promote and discuss long-term climate observations in the atmosphere, terrestrial and marine systems, as well as climate variables and integration into models. The GCOS Steering Committee Steering provides scientific and technical guidance to sponsoring and participating organizations and agencies for the planning, implementation and further development of GCOS, which is a joint undertaking of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Council for Science.  

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Event: From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action [viewed]

This event will discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovation related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will take stock of progress made in advancing sustainable development and climate change by higher education institutions since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including best practices and lessons learned, and encourage new or enhanced commitments, especially those related to academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies. The event is expected to develop a message and policy recommendations for presentation at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event is organized by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a consortium of UN entities, including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the UN University (UNU) and Global Compact.  

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Event: Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change [viewed]

The conference on Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change will take place in Paris, France, ahead of the UN Paris Climate Change Conference, from 26-27 November. The conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the French National Museum of Natural History, Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), and the French Presidency of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference. The programme comprises a pre-conference public lecture at Musée de l'Homme, on 25 November, and two conference days, 26-27 November. The conference will bring together indigenous and local community representatives, scientists working with indigenous peoples and local communities, and governments to share case studies, research findings and policies and programmes relating to climate change.  

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World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation Showcases Best Practices [viewed]

wscca_meeting4 September 2015: The World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation convened under the theme, ‘Innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation.' The event aimed to: foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences gained in undertaking adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches and experiences that illustrate how climate change adaptation can be implemented in practice; and enable networking among participants.

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Event: Workshop on Solving the Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride [viewed]

This World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) workshop aims to bring together science, industry, and technology experts to exchange information and to coordinate research activities across disciplines to try to resolve the unexplained discrepancy between the estimated sources and sinks of carbon tetrachloride, an ozone depleting substance and greenhouse gas, with its abundance observations. The WCRP is jointly sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Council for Science (ICSU).  

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