Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WSIS Forum Considers Role of ICTs in Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 2012 World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2012) was held to provide a platform for discussions of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can address global challenges, such as climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth [viewed]

18 May 2012: The fourth Africa Water Week was organized around the theme “Water for Growth in Africa,” and aimed to identify ways to reinforce and build on progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation, as well as Africa Water Vision 2025. The conference also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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UNEP, World Bank and UN-HABITAT Welcome Pilot Protocol on Urban Emission Measurement and Reporting [viewed]

17 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) have welcomed the launch of the pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize the emissions measurement and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting process for cities.

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Focuses on Gender Equality [viewed]

17 May 2012: The 2012 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) focused on the theme “Women and Girls in ICT,” in order to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on gender equality.

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World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Developed Countries' Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

17 May 2012: An in-session workshop on clarification of the developed country Parties' quantified economywide emission reduction targets and related assumptions and conditions took place in Bonn, Germany, during the UN Climate Change Conference.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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UNFCCC Releases Report of Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the expert meeting on assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.3). The meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 26-28 March 2012.

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UNFCCC Releases Norway's Submission on GHGs From Coastal and Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Norway containing its views on specific themes to be addressed at the research dialogue, including information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) from coastal and marine ecosystems (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.2/Add.2).

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