Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CDP Paper Considers Role of Climate Vulnerability in Identifying LDCs [viewed]

UN logoJune 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has published a background paper reviewing the role of climate change vulnerability in identifying Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that climate change should not be regarded as a new and separate handicap, but as a factor that could aggravate existing handicaps to development.

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CIFOR-Supported Research Examines Local Climate Change Knowledge in Indonesia [viewed]

11 July 2012: Recognizing the need to better understand local communities' perceptions of climate change, researchers at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have explored the role of local knowledge in analyzing land-use change.

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IEA Releases Review of Ireland's Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA11 July 2012: As part of its series on the energy policies of member countries, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a 2012 review of Ireland's policies and challenges. It contains: a policy analysis, reviewing general energy policy, climate change and energy efficiency; a sector analysis, reviewing electricity, renewable energy, natural gas, coal and peat and oil; and an energy technology analysis, reviewing energy research, development and demonstration.

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OECD, FAO Agricultural Outlook Highlights Continued High Food Costs [viewed]

FAO11 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released the Agricultural Outlook for 2012 to 2021, which highlights the expectation for continued high food costs due to stable production and increasing demand.

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IEA Reports on Caspian Energy Policy Dialogue [viewed]

IEA11 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported on a three-day meeting of energy experts from the Caspian region, which entailed a high-level energy policy dialogue, the regional launch of the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012" (ETP),  training and capacity development, and a workshop on energy efficiency indicators.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA 36 Report [viewed]

6 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the meeting report of the 36th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 36), held in Bonn, Germany, from 14-25 May 2012.

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CRFM Scientific Meeting Assesses State of Caribbean Fisheries [viewed]

30 June 2012: The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism's (CRFM) scientific body evaluated major fisheries in the region to determine whether natural fish populations remain healthy and where fisheries management controls are necessary.

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Draft UNDP/UNFPA Programme for PICTs Addresses Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) released a draft sub-regional programme document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for 2013 to 2017. The programme includes support for accelerated action toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental management activities.

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ECPA Takes Stock of Energy Policies in Seven Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

June 2012: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) released a report on the state of the energy sector and energy policy in seven small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, with an emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in each country: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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