UNESCO

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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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities [viewed]

UNESCO21 July 2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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UNESCO, USP Partner on Loss and Damage from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

unesco_usp30 June 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement to implement the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor-Leste, among others.

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CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action [viewed]

our_common_future10 July 2015: The 'Our Common Future under Climate Change' international science conference (CFCC15) attracted almost 2,000 academics from close to 100 countries, the largest gathering of the scientific community in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. According to the outcome statement of the CFCC15, "2015 is a critical year for progress. The window for economically feasible solutions [to climate change] with a reasonable prospect of holding warming to 2°C or less is rapidly closing."

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Event: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption [viewed]

With a focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation," the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015) will aim to: provide researchers, civil society and firms from around the world an opportunity to present their work on adaptation; foster the exchange of information, good practice, ideas, experiences and successes acquired in executing adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches derived from case studies and projects; and provide an opportunity for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation. It will also document and disseminate the existing body of knowledge and experiences on climate change through a book titled 'Innovative Approaches to Implement Climate Change Adaptation' and through a special issue of 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'. Among the event's organizers are the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the UN University (UNU) Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).  

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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