Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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UNESCO Report Highlights Social Sciences' Role in Addressing Environmental Change [viewed]

UNESCO15 November 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new report on social sciences and global environmental change, titled 'World Social Science Report: Changing Global Environments.' The report was released during the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.

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UNEP Launches Guidebook on Efficient Lighting [viewed]

unep-publication14 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a 'Guidebook for the Development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on Efficient Lighting.' The publication was launched during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF Reports on Landscape Emission Reductions Pilot Project [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)18 November 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) announced a report from the Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) highlighting the lessons learned and outcomes from the project, ‘Reduced Emission from All Land Use (REALU)'.

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CCAFS Assesses Challenges in National Adaptation Planning in the Agriculture Sector [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: Underscoring the vulnerability and need for adaptation in the agriculture sector, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released an overview of progress on the development of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) from twelve countries in West and East Africa and South Asia, with a particular focus on agriculture and food security.

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UNOSAT Bangkok Office Will Facilitate DRR Work [viewed]

bangkok-office14 November 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand, following up on a partnership agreement between UNITAR and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on disaster management, capacity development and satellite applications.

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WMO Releases Provisional Statement on Status of Climate 2013 [viewed]

WMO13 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional statement on the 'Status of the Global Climate 2013,' which confirms that 2013 is currently on track to be among the top ten warmest years on record, and that global sea level reached a new record high due, in part, to melting ice caps and glaciers.

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UNU-EHS Report Illustrates Loss and Damage in Four Countries [viewed]

UNU-EHS11 November 2013: Despite on-going adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing climate-induced loss and damage that threatens their food security and livelihoods and forces them deeper into poverty, according to a report by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ‘Pushed to the Limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation' presents case studies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal that analyze the impacts of droughts and floods on households, primarily small-scale farmers.

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CCAFS Releases Success Stories on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: A release from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) and the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has assembled a collection of experiences with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to contribute to adaptation and mitigation objectives.

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FAO, IDB Support Analysis on Climate Change and Agriculture in Jamaica [viewed]

idb-faoNovember 2013: Given the expected adverse impacts of climate change on Jamaica's agriculture sector and Jamaica's goal to include climate change adaptation in the implementation of its Vision 2030 National Development Plan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) collaborated on an analysis of Jamaican climate change impacts in the short- and medium-term and an identification of agricultural adaptation strategies.

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