Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee Reports on Technology Needs Assessments [viewed]

UNFCCC23 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the 'Guidance on enhanced implementation of the results of technology needs assessments: interim report by the Technology Executive Committee' (FCCC/SB/2015/INF.3). The report contains recommended improvements to the existing guidance on technology needs assessment (TNA), technology action plans (TAPs) and project ideas for the enhanced implementation of priority technologies for development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting Advances Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNISDR20 November 2015: Participants at the 2nd Asia Partnership Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have developed a draft regional plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The draft plan will be submitted to the 2016 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for further discussion and adoption.

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FAO and Partners Launch Upgraded Web Platform to Estimate Carbon Stocks in Trees [viewed]

fao_cirad19 November 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), and Tuscia University have launched an upgraded version of GlobAllomeTree, a web-based toolbox and data repository to assess carbon stocks in forests.

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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IEA, IPEEC Evaluate Energy Efficiency in Buildings of Major Economies [viewed]

iea_ipeec23 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) have co-published a report, titled 'Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies,' which lays out the current state of energy performance in buildings over the period 2000-2012. The report finds that efficiency could save the equivalent of building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US combined annually.

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Standing Committee on Finance Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2015: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has submitted information on the outcomes of its work in 2015 to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in advance of its 21st session. The COP will consider the report under its agenda item on matters relating to finance. The report (FCCC/CP/2015/8) covers, inter alia, the meetings, forums and virtual forum of the SCF, the development of a working paper on coherence and coordination of forest finance, and work on the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows.

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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El Niño Conference Calls for Preparedness Action Based on Improved Forecasts [viewed]

elnino201518 November 2015: Scientists participating in the El Niño 2015 Conference noted that forecasts of, and preparedness for, the impacts of the 2015 El Niño event have improved. They called on decision makers to take action based on these improved forecasts, stressing that enhanced preparedness is highly dependent on action at the local level.

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UNFCCC Describes 2014-2015 GHG Inventory Review Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has a released a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.9) on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory review activities for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 43rd session. Annexed to the document are the conclusions and recommendations from the 12th meeting of GHG inventory lead reviewers held in Bonn, Germany, on 2-3 March 2015.

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UNFCCC Compiles Annex I Parties' Reporting on Minimizing Impacts of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a paper (FCCC/WEB/ART314/2015) compiling the information provided by Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on efforts to minimize the adverse impacts associated with response measures, in accordance with Article 3.14 of the Protocol. According to the paper, 17 Parties submitted information in 2015 on minimizing these impacts in their National Inventory Reports (NIRs), with nine presenting major changes and/or additional information.

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