Science, Assessment & Monitoring

US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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UNFCCC Publishes Draft Guidelines on GHG Inventories Review [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report summarizing discussions held during a technical workshop on draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.9).

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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UNFCCC Releases Draft Training Programme for NC and BR Review Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a draft training programme for review experts for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) by Annex I parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.12), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40).

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UNFCCC Reports Efficiency Gains for 2012-2013 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on efficiency gains made during the biennium 2012–2013 (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.4), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40). The document summarizes measures taken by the Secretariat to improve efficiency in a sustainable manner, describes the delivery of relevant outputs, and provides examples of specific efficiency gains, including cost savings and costs avoided.

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Guest Article #105: MRV-ing Carbon in Practice [viewed]

In 2013, we saw the continuation of two emerging trends in the global carbon pricing landscape. On the one hand, it was a challenging year for existing international mechanisms, with credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) worth no more than a few cents and the Kyoto Protocol shrinking to 12% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the other hand, an increasing number of jurisdictions implemented GHG mitigation instruments meant to put a price on carbon.

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UNFCCC Outlines Cooperative Activities Contributing to its Work [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary of cooperative activities with UN entities, other convention secretariats and intergovernmental organizations that enhance and contribute to work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.8).

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Bioversity Builds Farmers' Capacity to Select and Produce Seeds in India [viewed]

Bioversity International29 April 2014: Bioversity International has conducted a range of activities as part of its Seeds for Needs Initiative, including a field day and training workshops for 1700 farmers in India.

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Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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