Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WHO Publishes Report on Gender, Climate Change and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)2 October 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on gender, climate change and health, which is based on the recognition that the effects of climate on human society, and our ability to mitigate and adapt to them, are mediated by social factors, including gender.

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Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Outlines Mission [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, which was launched in early September 2011, has released a brochure describing the need for the GSP, its mission and strategic objectives and pillars.

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Conference on Flood Management Highlights Adaptation and Preparedness [viewed]

30 September 2011: Participants at the Fifth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM5) underscored the gaps in understanding, policy planning, and capacities to respond to flood-related risks, calling for international efforts to share innovative developments and link researchers and the development community to those responding to and mitigating impacts of floods.

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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Experts Adopt Recommendations on Climate Change Education in SIDS [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focused the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

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UNESCO Holds Thematic Debate on SIDS [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, hosted a Thematic Debate on small island developing States (SIDS), outlining UNESCO's ongoing and planned contributions towards the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ITU Agrees on Methodologies to Assess the Environmental Impact of ICTs [viewed]

28 September 2011: A recent meeting of the lead study group on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Telecommunication Standardization Sector has adopted a globally-recognized set of methodologies to assess the environmental impact of ICTs.

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ECLAC Warns Caribbean Countries Against Costs of Inaction on Climate Change [viewed]

26 September 2011: A new UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report estimates that mitigating and adapting to climate change could cost Caribbean countries 2-3% of their annual GDP between 2011 and 2050, but that the cost of inaction could be as high as 5% of annual GDP.

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Event: The International Conference on Climate Services [viewed]

The International Conference on Climate Services aims to initiate a dialogue between experienced climate information providers and those who currently use or wish to use such information. The objective of the ICCS is to ultimately establish a climate services pilot programme or network, with support from an international set of partners with experience in the implementation, design or use of climate information and services. The hope is that the conference will engender expressed commitments from conference participants. James Hansen, Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) theme "Adaptation through Managing Climate Risk," will be presenting his research at the conference. The conference is being organized by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Earth Institute Columbia University, the Climate Service Center (CSC), MetOffice and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  

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FAO and Partners Develop Sustainable Grassland Management Methodology [viewed]

FAO27 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), together with a series of partners, has developed a sustainable grassland management methodology that provides an affordable way to estimate the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions removed from the atmosphere through improved management of grasslands.

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