Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IEA, IPEEC Evaluate Energy Efficiency in Buildings of Major Economies [viewed]

iea_ipeec23 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) have co-published a report, titled 'Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies,' which lays out the current state of energy performance in buildings over the period 2000-2012. The report finds that efficiency could save the equivalent of building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US combined annually.

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Standing Committee on Finance Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2015: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has submitted information on the outcomes of its work in 2015 to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in advance of its 21st session. The COP will consider the report under its agenda item on matters relating to finance. The report (FCCC/CP/2015/8) covers, inter alia, the meetings, forums and virtual forum of the SCF, the development of a working paper on coherence and coordination of forest finance, and work on the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows.

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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El Niño Conference Calls for Preparedness Action Based on Improved Forecasts [viewed]

elnino201518 November 2015: Scientists participating in the El Niño 2015 Conference noted that forecasts of, and preparedness for, the impacts of the 2015 El Niño event have improved. They called on decision makers to take action based on these improved forecasts, stressing that enhanced preparedness is highly dependent on action at the local level.

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UNFCCC Describes 2014-2015 GHG Inventory Review Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has a released a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.9) on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory review activities for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 43rd session. Annexed to the document are the conclusions and recommendations from the 12th meeting of GHG inventory lead reviewers held in Bonn, Germany, on 2-3 March 2015.

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UNFCCC Compiles Annex I Parties' Reporting on Minimizing Impacts of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a paper (FCCC/WEB/ART314/2015) compiling the information provided by Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on efforts to minimize the adverse impacts associated with response measures, in accordance with Article 3.14 of the Protocol. According to the paper, 17 Parties submitted information in 2015 on minimizing these impacts in their National Inventory Reports (NIRs), with nine presenting major changes and/or additional information.

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Guest Article #132: Making Climate Finance Count – Two Reports to Increase Transparency in the Lead Up to COP 21 [viewed]

As 2015 draws to a close, there is a strong hope that the Paris Climate Summit could represent a turning point in the global fight against climate change. To support discussions, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently published two reports.

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Arab Countries Agree on Roadmap to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_arab13 November 2015: The Arab region agreed on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in order to reduce disaster losses, and which is intended to revitalize the disaster risk coordination mechanism established in 2007 by the League of Arab States. More than 120 participants representing governments, cities, academia, civil society, youth and international organizations met in Cairo, Egypt, to launch an Arab Strategy for DRR specific to the region's needs and priorities and aligned with the Sendai Framework's targets.

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GEF Reports on Developing Countries' NCs and BURs Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC6 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the 'Information provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on its activities relating to the preparation of national communications and biennial update reports' (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.15).

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SBSTA Chair Provides Information on Systematic Observation Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Lidia Wojtal (Poland), has released an information note to guide Parties in their preparation for the agenda item on research and systematic observation at the 43rd session of the body. The note explains the various documents related to the SBSTA's deliberations on systematic observation and outlines possible elements of conclusion text.

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