Technology

Event: 67th 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 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

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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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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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Event: Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as actions to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Fourth Session is co-organized by the UNISDR Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR - Americas) and Ecuador's Secretariat of Risk Management and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and participation planned by subregional DRR organizations. The Platform will feature a high level panel on mainstreaming DRR and climate change adaptation in public policies, as well as four thematic sessions on: risk reduction and special segments of society; DDR, climate change and the development agenda; governance and public policies on risk reduction; regional consultation surrounding the new framework for DDR post-2015 (HFA2).  

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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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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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Event: Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a high-level meeting to generate momentum for the 23 September Climate Summit being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two-day meeting will bring together ministers, as well as leaders from business, finance and civil society, to develop proposals for action and determine how their countries, businesses and organizations can increase their participation in initiatives that broaden and deepen partnerships, in order to deliver concrete action at the September Summit.  

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2013 Among the Warmest on Record: WMO Reports [viewed]

WMO5 February 2014: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since recordings began in 1850. Tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest year, 2013's global land and ocean surface temperature was .50°C above the 1961-1990 average and .03°C above the 2001-2010 decadal average. 

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Clean Cooking Loan Fund Launched [viewed]

cleancookstoves4 February 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Gold Standard Foundation and Nexus Carbon For Development have announced their collaboration to create a 'Clean Cooking Loan Fund,' which will aim to leverage private sector investments into clean cooking technologies.

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC31 January 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the Warsaw Conference and the proceedings from the sessions of COP 19 and CMP 9.

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