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WMO: 2014 on Track to be Europe's Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

Wmo17 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be Europe's warmest year on record. A new analysis of European temperature records dating back to the 1500s estimates the January-December annual mean temperature to be .3°C above the previous record set in 2007.

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Womens' Leadership Programme Announced during COP 20 [viewed]

elena9 December 2014: UNITAR, the WMO and the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the support of UN Women, have announced a Womens' Leadership Programme, which recognizes the role of women in addressing climate change issues and seeks to build leadership skills to ensure gender equality in weather and climate contexts.

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PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20 [viewed]

PROVIA5 December 2014: In 2015, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will launch an electronic tool (e-tool) to accompany its 'Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.' During the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which developed the Guidance and the e-tool, held consultations with potential users of the tool to garner feedback in the lead-up to its launch.

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COP 20 Gender Day Recognizes Women's Role in Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: On the occasion of 'Gender Day' at the Lima Climate Change Conference, the UNFCCC Secretariat organized a High-Level Event on Gender and Climate Change, under the theme 'Men and Women Taking Action on Gender Equality and Climate Change: How Far Have We Come?' The event recognized the necessity of including women in decision-making processes and their particular capacity to share information on resilience and adaptation to climate change.

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Guest Article #120: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Action [viewed]

The UN system of organizations is comprised of more than 40 entities covering issues ranging from human rights to agriculture and civil aviation. With climate change affecting virtually every aspect of development, it is a matter of concern for all of them. At the same time, the transition to low-carbon, resilient and inclusive development offers huge opportunities to achieve the ultimate objective of the UN system – a life in dignity for all.

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IPCC, WMO Event Explores Different Applications of AR5 [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized a side event on 'The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): A User's Perspective.' Held on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the event presented ways the AR5 is put to practice by policymakers, business and civil society and explored ideas for making it more user-friendly.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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CEB Publication Highlights UN System's Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

CEBNovember 2014: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has showcased how the UN system is working together to support climate change action at the global, regional and national levels in a report, titled 'How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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WMO Releases 'Weather Reports from the Future' for Lima Climate Change Conference [viewed]

WMO1 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has invited television weather presenters from around the world to “imagine a weather report from the year 2050.” While they will present possible scenarios, not true forecasts, the reports are based on the most up-to-date climate science and paint a picture of what life could possibly be like if the planet continues to warm.

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AfDB, World Bank Partner to Improve Hydromet Services in Africa [viewed]

AfDB27 November 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank held a seminar on improving Africa's hydrological and meteorological systems in order to capture weather and climate data and disseminate information to assist in development planning. Discussions emphasized the critical role of hydrometeorological services in providing information to support economic development and build resilience in many sectors in Africa, including disaster risk reduction and management, water, agriculture, transport, energy, public health and aviation safety and security.

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