Science, Assessment & Monitoring

OSCE, UNEP and UNECE Support Transboundary Water Cooperation on Dniester River [viewed]

UNECE6 December 2011: Governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives from Ukraine and Moldova met to further develop transboundary water cooperation on the shared Dniester River, focusing on reducing risks from climate change by improving the adaptive capacity of the two countries.

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GCOS Releases Updated 2011 Satellite Supplement [viewed]

December 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the supplemental details to the satellite-based component of the “Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC (2011 Update).”

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WMO, UNCCD Organize Planning Meeting for High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy [viewed]

16 December 2011: The Secretariats of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have convened an international organizing committee to prepare for a March 2013 High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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Draft Proposal for UNEP-UNCCD Enabling Activities Umbrella Project Circulated [viewed]

UNCCD15 December 2011: A draft proposal for an enabling activities umbrella project has been posted on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) website.

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UNECE Experts on Regulatory Cooperation Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE9 December 2011: The 21st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) included a session on "Standards and regulations: tool for promoting sustainable development."

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European Commission Unveils Energy Roadmap 2050 [viewed]

EU15 December 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its Energy Roadmap 2050, which aims to cut emissions by over 80% by 2050 without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness.

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EEA Report on Energy End-Use Emissions Redraws Understandings of Emissions' Drivers [viewed]

15 December 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "End-user GHG emissions from energy: Reallocation of emissions from energy industries to end users 2005-2009," according to which home energy use is responsible for 25% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

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UN/ISDR Pilots Resilience Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that, together with the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, it has piloted the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT), designed to assist disaster reduction efforts by cities and local governments that have signed up to the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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UNEP Executive Director Releases Op-Ed on Access to Data [viewed]

12 December 2011: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, wrote an op-ed during the Eye on Earth Summit that seeks to strengthen existing efforts and inspire undertakings to find a solution to issues that prohibit universal data access. 

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PIFS Announces Release of Pacific Scientific Assessment and Research Report [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced the launch of a report titled “Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research,” the final report of Australia's Pacific Climate Change Science Program. 

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