Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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UNFCCC Publishes Addendum to Compilation and Synthesis of Fifth National Communications [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum to the compilation and synthesis (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.1/ Add.1) of fifth national communications.

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IDB to Build Capacity of Amazon Indigenous Peoples for Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $1 million technical cooperation project aimed at building the capacity of indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin in Latin America to more effectively participate in the consultation processes, negotiations and decision making related to climate change, as well as better manage the impacts of climate change on their communities. 

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OECD/IEA Paper Suggests Pathways Forward for MRV [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a working paper titled “Monitoring and Tracking Long-Term Finance to Support Climate Action,” which discusses and proposes a method for beginning to overcome shortcomings of current monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate finance under the UNFCCC.

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UNFCCC Publishes the GHG Inventory of the Netherlands [viewed]

20 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/NLD) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Netherlands submitted in 2010.

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FAO Releases Tool on Bioenergy and Food Security [viewed]

17 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has finalized its “Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Analytical Framework,” which aims to assist policymakers in evaluating the potential of bioenergy and its possible food security impacts. 

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Report of Committee for Development Policy Reviews Indicators of LDCs [viewed]

May 2011: The report of the 13th session of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which took place from 21-25 March 2011, has just been released. The report reviews the Committee's consideration of the following themes: education for all, issues related to the Least Developed Countries (including monitoring of the development progress of Equatorial Guinea and Samoa), and migration and development. 

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SPC Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

19 May 2011: In addresses to two recent climate change meetings in the Pacific region, Inoke Ratukalou, Acting Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resource Division (LRD), has stressed the need to protect SIDS' agriculture sector from the impacts of climate change, and emphasized that climate change should be considered a development issue, not just an environmental one.

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OECD Releases Review of Norway's Environmental Protection [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its review of the environmental performance of Norway, which praises Norway's pioneering role in environmental protection, but calls for further action, notably in addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity.

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