Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Third Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as action to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters, all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Third Session is co-organized by the Regional Office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) for the Americas, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Argentina, with strong participation planned by subregional DRR organizations such as Central America's CEPREDENAC, the Caribbean's CDEMA, and MERCOSUR's REHU.  

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on REDD+ Partnership Meeting [viewed]

19 July 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on REDD's (UN-REDD) July Newsletter reports on the third meeting and workshop of the REDD+ Partnership in 2012, which was held in Santa Marta, Columbia, from 1-2 July 2012.

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNFCCC Publishes Portugal's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

16 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Portugal (FCCC/ARR/2011/PRT). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 25.5% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNISDR Annual Report Highlights Growth in DRR Financing [viewed]

18 July 2012: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released its 2011 Annual Report, which highlights increases in financing and country efforts towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) worldwide.

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ICAO Agrees on Carbon Dioxide Metric System [viewed]

11 July 2012: The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) agreed on a new carbon dioxide metric system for characterizing aircraft emissions, at a meeting in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The new system will account for fuel burn performance, fuselage geometry and maximum takeoff weight at three different cruise conditions.

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IFC Report Examines Role of Private Sector Finance in Green Growth [viewed]

June 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group has released a new publication titled “MoneyMoves: How Private Sector Finance Can Work for a Sustainable Future,” examining the successes and challenges of private sector involvement in environmental sustainability initiatives.

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Event: Second ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

This event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and TechAmerica Europe, and will be hosted by Microsoft. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The week will include: a Forum on Greener Smarter Better Cities to be organized by ITU and the European Commission; a Forum on Boosting Smart Grids through Energy Efficient ICT to be organized by ITU; a Forum on Mapping E-Waste to Address Future Challenges to be jointly organized by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and CEDARE; a Forum on Greening the ICT Supply Chain to be jointly organized by ITU, UNU and CEDARE; a High Level Segment on Greening the Economy through ICT Standards to be jointly organized by ITU, TechAmerica Europe and Microsoft; a Forum on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector to be jointly organized by ITU and ETNO; an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT to be organized by ITU and GeSI; and a session on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning to be organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: IV International ECLAC Carbon Footprint Seminar [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and French Cooperation will co-host the fourth in a series of annual seminars on the potential implications of carbon footprint initiatives for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) trade. This year's session will focus on "Environmental footprint and Latin American food exports: International regulations and business practice." The seminar will look at the state of carbon footprint labeling standards internationally, including ISO 14.067, France's Grenelle 2 and standards work underway in the EU, discuss the state of methodologies for calculating the carbon footprint of products, and look at the application of environmental standards on imports by US and European retail chains and cases of adoption of such standards by exporters in Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica.  

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