Mitigation

Event: 66th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 66th session in London, UK, from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments; and identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.  

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Event: WHO Conference on Health and Climate [viewed]

This three-day conference, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring together leading experts in the fields of health and climate change, to discuss: strengthening health system resilience to climate risks; and promoting health while mitigating climate change. Within each of these themes the conference will make recommendations on policy options to maximize health benefits, and the specific contribution of the health sector to the objectives.  

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2014 SEED Awards Open for Applications [viewed]

Seed Awards 147011 February 2014: The SEED Initiative, which sponsors start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs from emerging economies and developing countries, has opened nominations for its 2014 Awards.

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Congo Basin REDD+ GEF Project Reviews Progress [viewed]

comifac-worldbank-gefJanuary 2014: The World Bank and the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) convened the fourth Steering Committee of the 'Enhancing institutional capacities on REDD+ for sustainable forest management in the Congo Basin' project, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: Third CTCN Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

The Third Advisory Board Meeting of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) will bring together observers from various organizations, including intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN organizations, and parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Advisory Board, which meets twice a year, is expected to review the CTCN's criteria and work programme as the CTCN becomes fully operational. The CTCN, the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism's operational arm, works to increase access to new and existing technologies for both adaptation and mitigation. It is hosted and managed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 11 Centres of Excellence in both developed and developing countries. The CTCN is accountable to, and under the guidance of, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC through its Advisory Board, which determines the CTCN's modalities and rules of procedure. The Advisory Board's Constitution was agreed at COP 18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012.  

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CCAFS Re-Launches 'Big Facts' Website on Climate Change and Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS8 February 2014: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has re-launched a website of open access facts, maps and graphics illustrating the nexus among climate change, agriculture and food security issues.

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UNEP-FI and Partners Support Strategic Approach to REDD+ Financing [viewed]

UNEP FI8 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), in collaboration with the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), the Amazon Environment Research Institute (IPAM), and Flora and Fauna International, issued a call for a 2015-2020 strategic approach to REDD+ financing through the Interim Forest Finance Project.

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C40 Mayors Summit Demonstrates Cities Leading on Climate Change [viewed]

c40summit7 February 2014: The fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Mayors Summit, which was held for the first time in Africa, brought together C40 mayors from around the world to advance urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts, as well as international engagement and cooperation.

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CIFOR Assesses Media Influence on REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

CIFOR6 February 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper, titled ‘REDD+ Politics in the Media,' which examines how the Tanzanian press reports on and influences the REDD+ dialogue.

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Event: World Weather Open Science Conference 2014 [viewed]

The World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC2014): The Weather: What's the Outlook, which is convening for the first time ever, will bring together the weather science and user communities under the overarching theme ‘Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: from minutes to months'. WWOSC2014 will examine the “frontiers of knowledge,” and outline new scientific goals and challenges. The Conference will feature special sessions on high-impact weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, cold snaps and floods. The Conference's two streams – the Science Program and the User, Application and Social Science Program – will meet in joint plenary and special sessions. The Science Program will cover basic weather research, as well research needed to establish prediction systems and assess the impacts of weather and climate events. The User Program will consider challenges and opportunities associated with communicating and employing weather information, science and services that reap social and economic benefits. The Conference is being co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science, Environment Canada, and the National Research Council, Canada.  

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