Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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Norden Formulates Recommendations on Assessment and Review of INDCs [viewed]

Nordic Council Logo23 March 2015: A study published by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden) identifies a variety of options for designing and organizing the assessment and review of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) under a 2015 climate change agreement. It proposes an ex ante assessment and review process for INDCs, complemented by assessments by observer organizations and informal discussions among parties. In addition, it recommends a periodic review of collective ambition to assess environmental effectiveness.

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Conference Urges Climate-Smart Agriculture that Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

smart_agriculture_201518 March 2015: The Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium along with other partners, concluded with the adoption of the Montpellier Statement. With a view to developing sustainable landscapes and food systems, the Statement identifies what is needed for CSA solutions that address food security, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI 42 and SBSTA 42 Agendas [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the agenda for the 42nd sessions of the Subsidiarity Body for Implementation (SBI) (FCCC/SBI/2015/1) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/1).

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IPCC Releases Complete AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

IPCC18 March 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the complete version of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Some of the SYR's main findings, which was released on 2 November 2014, are: human influence on the climate system is clear; more disruption to the climate leads to a greater risk of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and limiting climate change is possible.

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World Meteorological Day 2015 Highlights Climate Knowledge for Climate Action [viewed]

WMO23 March 2015: The 2015 edition of the World Meteorological Day was celebrated around the theme ‘Climate Knowledge for Climate Action,' in order to: highlight recent advances in climate science and the need for decisive measures to limit climate change; and provide an opportunity to take stock of climate knowledge garnered over the last few decades to support more ambitious action.

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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IEA: Global Energy Emissions Decoupled from Economic Growth in 2014 [viewed]

IEA13 March 2015: According to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions remained at 2013 levels in 2014, while the global economy grew by 3%. The agency attributes the decoupling of emissions from economic growth to climate change mitigation efforts in China and countries of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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FAO Publications Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Forestry Links [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a special edition of its forestry journal focusing on the impacts of disasters on forest-dependent communities and published a brochure on natural disasters, agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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UNIDO, GEF, IIASA Project to Identify Sustainability Solutions [viewed]

logos_gef_unido_iiasa11 March 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the launch of Nexus Solutions for Sustainability, a project to identify integrated solutions to energy, water, food and ecosystem security.

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