Science, Assessment & Monitoring

High-level Dialogue Calls on Negotiators to Listen to Science [viewed]

7 December 2011: A High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable on “Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate” concluded with the adoption of the Durban Vision Statement, which sought to inspire progress during the Durban Climate Change Conference and “provide a bridge" to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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ITTO, UNCCD Sign MoU on Dry Tropical Forests [viewed]

8 December 2011: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on restoration and sustainable management of dry tropical forests.

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Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Signed [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN-REDD programme has announced the signing of a Declaration on Intent by seven central African countries, seven donor countries and the European Commission to scale up implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). 

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WMO, IRENA Sign MoU on Assessment of Renewable Energy Potential [viewed]

5 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly implement activities related to the assessment of renewable energy potential in the context of the Global Framework for Climate Services.

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Adaptation Roundtable Highlights Need to Translate Science into Practical Action [viewed]

7 December 2011: Speaking at the "High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable: Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate," Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), stressed the need to “translate the best science on climate change into practical action."

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UN/ISDR Releases Brief on Building Resilience in Africa [viewed]

December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a policy brief titled “Effective measures to build resilience in Africa to adapt to climate change.” The brief, issued during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, builds on information provided by countries in progress reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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Event: IOC Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Technical Expert Group was established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is composed of natural and social scientists, coastal engineers and coastal zone managers. It is tasked with preparing a set of international guidelines on best practices related to the formulation of climate change. The Group is co-sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It will build on the work of the IOC Programme on Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM), and the guidebook published in 2009 on Hazard Awareness and Risk Mitigation through the Integrated Coastal Area Management (IOC Manual and Guide No 50). During the two-day meeting, experts are expected to reach consensus on the scope, structure, format and outline of the guidelines that IOC will develop in the coming months.  

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Development and Climate Days Examine Adaptation Planning [viewed]

4 December 2011: Development and Climate Days took place in parallel with the Durban Climate Change Conference. The 2011 Develoment and Climate Days focused on “effective climate change adaptation planning” in response to the decision taken in 2010 under the Cancún Adaptation Framework to invite all countries, and especially least developed countries (LDCs), to develop National Adaptation Plans.

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Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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