Capacity Building & Education

WMO Releases GCOS Programme Review [viewed]

GCOS WCRP logosOctober 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced a Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) programme review, which concludes that the GCOS programme is indispensable and should be continued. The report summarizes the main outcomes of the review, which was carried out by a Review Board, and recommends redrafting the GCOS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reflect recent developments and commitments by GCOS sponsors, such as the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Event: Climate Symposium 2014: Climate Research and Earth Observations from Space [viewed]

This symposium is expected to contribute to the development of an efficient and sustained international space-based Earth observing system. It will bring together international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modeling, with a particular emphasis on the role of space-based Earth observations, in order to advance knowledge of the current climate at global and regional scales, and in assessing climate models. The symposium will discuss the current state of climate science and climate observations in order to evaluate recent achievements, determine objectives to be realized with satellite-based climate information, and identify gaps in the current space-based component of the climate observing system. A proposed architecture for sustained climate monitoring from space will be discussed.

The conference will also consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection, and is expected to contribute to climate-related risk management, and affordable mitigation and adaptation options. The symposium will create a joint action plan for an enhanced international space-based climate observing system, which will respond to current and emerging needs in climate research, modeling and services.

Other key themes to be discussed include: clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity; the changing water cycle; cryosphere in a warming world; ocean circulation and regional sea level rise; prediction and attribution of extremes; and regional climate variability and change. The symposium is being sponsored by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the City of Darmstadt, among others.  

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ILO's World Day for Decent Work Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Ilo7 October 2014: In a blog post published by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, highlights that trade unions chose climate change as the theme for the 2014 World Day for Decent Work, celebrated on 7 October 2014. Ryder elaborates on the links between sustainability and prosperity, quoting the union slogan that quipped, "there are no jobs on a dead planet" and "business cannot succeed on a planet that fails."

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WMO, Oman Build Cyclone Forecasting/Warning Capacity [viewed]

WMO7 October 2014: The Sultanate of Oman and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through the provision of training for forecasters using the most current techniques.

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Adaptation Committee, NAP Task Force Prepare for COP 20 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2014: The sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC 6) addressed, inter alia: coherence under the UNFCCC, including representation, adaptation-related mandates, and collaboration with the Standing Committee (SCF) on Finance and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC); means of implementation; and national adaptation plans (NAPs), including work of the NAP Task Force, financial support for NAPs and progress made on NAP Central.

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World Habitat Day Raises Awareness on Slum Voices [viewed]

UN-HABITAT6 October 2014: The world marked World Habitat Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Voices from the Slums,' on 6 October 2014. The theme aimed to highlight the voices of the urban poor, and raise awareness on the hardships of slum living and ways to improve slum living conditions.

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CCAC Launches Partnership to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions [viewed]

CCAC30 September 2014: A voluntary, industry-driven partnership that will enable the oil and gas industry to address climate concerns was launched by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) during the UN Climate Change Summit on 23 September. The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership is designed to support corporatations in reducing methane emissions, and includes some of the world's largest oil and gas companies, such as PEMEX (Mexico), BG Group (UK) and Southwestern Energy (US).

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Host Training Workshop on Rio Markers [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) organized a training workshop on accessing and using its Rio Markers for reporting environment-related aid flows. The training highlighted recent developments in improving the Rio Markers, as well as efforts to adapt the current statistical framework for the post-2015 development agenda.

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Asia-Pacific Forum Fosters Partnerships for Climate Resilience [viewed]

apan4 October 2014: The Fourth Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Fostering strong partnerships to build a climate resilient Asia Pacific,' brought together over 600 scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society organizations, the private sector and donor agencies from more than 30 countries to come up with innovative solutions to address the impacts of climate change.

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COP 20 President Hosts Second Twitter Dialogue [viewed]

manupulgarvidal3 October 2014: The Minister of Environment of Peru, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who is also the President-designate of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, responded to questions on COP 20 during a 30-minute Twitter conversation. The conversation, which took place in Spanish under the hashtag #HablaCOP20, was organized on 3 October, two months ahead of the Lima Climate Conference.

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