Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNGA High Level Event on Desertification Provides Input to COP 10 and UNCSD [viewed]

20 September 2011: Prior to the opening of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA convened a High-level Meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The outcome of the deliberations will feed into the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IPCC Releases 34th Session Documents [viewed]

September 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released documents in advance of its 34th Plenary Session, which will take place from 18-19 November 2011, in Kampala, Uganda.

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MDG Gap Task Force Releases 2011 Report [viewed]

16 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has launched the annual report prepared by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force, titled "The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver." This report assesses the current state of the global partnership to meet the MDGs, and includes a section on access to technology and funding to address climate change.

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US, Australia to Cooperate on Fisheries and Climate Change [viewed]

15 September 2011: During the ceremony held to mark the 60th anniversary of the US-Australia Alliance, the two parties charted a course for the future of the partnership as an “anchor of the Asia-Pacific.” The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, environmental sustainability, fisheries, food security, and other issues of concern to the region.

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OLADE Supports Belize, Guyana and Suriname in Creating Energy Information Systems [viewed]

9 September 2011: In recent months, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) has assisted the Governments of Belize, Guyana and Suriname in automating the collection, processing and dissemination of key energy indicators, and in preparing their national energy balances and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for 2010.

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Event: Carbon Benefits Project Workshop [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are organizing this workshop to showcase a set of methodologies and tools to measure, monitor and model carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions in a standardized way.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Latvia's Fifth National Communication Review Report [viewed]

UNFCCC14 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ IDR.5/LVA) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Latvia.

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IEA Paper Finds Well Managed Bioenergy Generates Carbon Emissions Reductions [viewed]

September 2011: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy, IEA Bioenergy, has published a new report titled “Bioenergy, Land Use Change and Climate Change Mitigation - Background Technical Report” that provides a detailed overview and update of challenging and controversial climate change mitigation potentials of bioenergy use.

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UNEP, WMO, UNESCO Launch PROVIA Website [viewed]

PROVIA15 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have jointly launched a new website for PROVIA – the Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation.

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WMO Contributes to Extreme Weather Preparation in Pakistan [viewed]

WMO31 August 2011: Pakistan's Representative to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that while individual events cannot be attributed to climate change, trends over the past two decades indicate a linkage.

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