10 February 2009: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) workshop on “Evaluating and Improving Regional Climate Projections” was held from 11-13 February 2009, in Toulouse, France, to discuss the way forward in producing climate information on regional, in addition to global, scales. The WCRP, sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, the International Council for Science and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aims to improve climate predictions and our understanding of human influence on climate through observations and modeling of the Earth system and the policy relevant assessment of climate conditions.
2 February 2009: Over 150 leading marine scientists from 26 countries are calling for immediate action by government leaders worldwide to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions so as to avoid widespread and severe damage to marine ecosystems from ocean acidification. The call was made with the release of the Monaco Declaration on Ocean Acidification, which was developed by participants attending a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World,” from 6-9 October 2008, in Monaco.
February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, are organizing the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, which is scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 31 March-2 April 2009.
January 2009: The Scientific Planning Meeting for a Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Student Research Campaign on Climate Change will take place from 26-28 January 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.
19 December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee has published a report on GCOS planning and implementation activities during 2007-2008. The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is a joint undertaking of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme, and the International Council for Science.
December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the report of the 16th session of its Steering Committee (SC), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-17 October 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters.
26 November 2008: Speaking at the International Conference on Biofuels, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17-21 November 2008, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa indicated the Organization's readiness to facilitate dialogue among governments on biofuel technology.
November: The second European Science Foundation (ESF)
Science Policy Conference and Assembly will be held from 26-28 November 2008, in
Stockholm, Sweden, and will be organized around the theme “Global Challenges
and the Need for Cooperation: Lessons Learnt from Global Change.”
6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean
Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”
would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.
17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate
Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,
in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts
selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS
sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the
International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and
scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the
sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and
further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview
of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding
future development of GCOS.