Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Reports on Annex I National GHG Inventory Data for 1990-2012 [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data for Annex I countries for the period 1990–2012 and the status of reporting of Annex I countries' GHG inventories in 2014 (FCCC/SBI/2014/20).

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UNFCCC Publishes Annex B Parties' Compilation and Accounting Information [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual compilation and accounting report for Kyoto Protocol Annex B parties for 2014 (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/7) and the compilation and accounting information for each Annex B party (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/7/Add.1).

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El Niño Conference Addresses Regional Processes and Impacts [viewed]

WMO14 November 2014: The Third International Conference on ENSO, which met under the theme ‘Bridging the Gaps between the Global ENSO Science and the Regional Processes, Extremes and Impacts,' aimed to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the ENSO prediction and related regional impacts.

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UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance Reports to Lima COP [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2014: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), which was established to assist the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions with respect to the Financial Mechanism of the Convention, has released its 2014 report, containing summaries of its meetings, assessments and recommendations. The report also contains the Committee's workplan for 2015.

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IEA Maps Multilateral Low-Carbon Energy Technology Initiatives [viewed]

IEANovember 2014: Noting the remarkable growth in new and expanded multilateral initiatives focused on developing and deploying low-carbon energy technologies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has created a basic analytical framework for systematically mapping these initiatives and their component parts. It lays out the framework and applies it to an indicative list of such initiatives in its report 'Mapping Multilateral Collaboration on Low-Carbon Energy Technologies.'

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report Highlights Role of Renewables, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the fifth edition of its Emissions Gap Report, which draws on the research of the world's main atmospheric science, climate change and policy centers to present a unified message on the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, present and future, using shared indicators. This year's report finds that, under current trends and commitments, an additional gap of 14-17 gigatons of CO2-equivalent (Gt CO2-e) will need to be closed in 2030, if the world is to stay within the 2°C warming limit.

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MRV Partnership Francophone Workshop Focuses on NAMAs, GHG Inventories and INDCs [viewed]

MRV1 November 2014: The Cluster Francophone of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) held a workshop aimed at exchanging lessons learned and building the capacity of francophone negotiators on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

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PrepCom Agrees to Open-ended Negotiations on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR18 November 2014: The Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) met to continue negotiations on the revision of the 'Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) - Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters' (HFA). Negotiators ended the session by agreeing to hold open-ended negotiations on the first draft, based on proposals put forward during the two-day meeting and anticipated amendments to be submitted by 20 November 2014.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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