Science, Assessment & Monitoring

European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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Experts Adopt Recommendations on Climate Change Education in SIDS [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focused the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

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UNESCO Holds Thematic Debate on SIDS [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, hosted a Thematic Debate on small island developing States (SIDS), outlining UNESCO's ongoing and planned contributions towards the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ITU Agrees on Methodologies to Assess the Environmental Impact of ICTs [viewed]

28 September 2011: A recent meeting of the lead study group on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Telecommunication Standardization Sector has adopted a globally-recognized set of methodologies to assess the environmental impact of ICTs.

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ECLAC Warns Caribbean Countries Against Costs of Inaction on Climate Change [viewed]

26 September 2011: A new UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report estimates that mitigating and adapting to climate change could cost Caribbean countries 2-3% of their annual GDP between 2011 and 2050, but that the cost of inaction could be as high as 5% of annual GDP.

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Event: The International Conference on Climate Services [viewed]

The International Conference on Climate Services aims to initiate a dialogue between experienced climate information providers and those who currently use or wish to use such information. The objective of the ICCS is to ultimately establish a climate services pilot programme or network, with support from an international set of partners with experience in the implementation, design or use of climate information and services. The hope is that the conference will engender expressed commitments from conference participants. James Hansen, Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) theme "Adaptation through Managing Climate Risk," will be presenting his research at the conference. The conference is being organized by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Earth Institute Columbia University, the Climate Service Center (CSC), MetOffice and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  

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FAO and Partners Develop Sustainable Grassland Management Methodology [viewed]

FAO27 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), together with a series of partners, has developed a sustainable grassland management methodology that provides an affordable way to estimate the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions removed from the atmosphere through improved management of grasslands.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Global Biofuel Information Tool [viewed]

26 September 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its September 2011 newsletter, noting the opening of registration for Forest Day at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011. The newsletter also features articles on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock), forest governance and climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Mongolia and Republic of Congo [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the September issue of its Newsletter, reporting on national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) activities in Mongolia and the Republic of Congo, as well as regional news from the Latin America and Caribbean, African and Asian regions.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Discuss Climate Change, Awareness Raising [viewed]

23 September 2011: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held a meeting with Amb. Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the Office of Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Dominican Republic, to discuss UNESCO activities of relevance for small island developing States (SIDS) in the areas of climate change, oceans, education and awareness raising. 

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