Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: WTO Committee on Trade and Environment [viewed]

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) will discuss experiences with product carbon footprint schemes.  

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IRRI Releases Report on Sustaining Food Security in Asia [viewed]

27 September 2010: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released a report, with the Asia Society, by a high-level Task Force on Food Security and Sustainability in Asia titled "Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia."

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UNFCCC Publishes Finland's National Inventory Report [viewed]

21 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-country in-depth review of the fifth national communication of Finland (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/FIN).

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UNESCO Releases GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs.

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Event: Joint IPCC Workshop of WGII and WGIII on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments [viewed]

The IPCC Expert Meeting Towards New Scenarios for Analysis of Emissions, Climate Change, Impacts, and Response Strategies (Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, 19-21 September 2007) called for the organization of a meeting of the integrated assessment and impacts and adaptation communities to develop a joint strategy for storyline development. The need for such an expert meeting was reiterated by the Task Group established by the IPCC during its 30th session in Antalya, Turkey (21-23 April 2009) to facilitate the catalytic role of the IPCC.  

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Greening the Blue Website Wins Award [viewed]

27 September 2010: Greening the Blue, the website covering all issues relating to the UN's sustainability performance, has won an international award for "best website."

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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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Event: Third Lead Authors Meeting on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The World Meterological Organization (WMO) is hosting the Third Lead Authors Meeting for the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Submitted comments to the the SREX Expert Review, which took place from 26 July-20 September 2010, will serve as the basis for discussions. The 30th Session of the IPCC in 2009 decided to prepare the SREX with the involvement of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).  

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Event: Informal Meeting of Representatives from Parties and Organizations and Experts to Consider the Outcomes of Completed Activities Under the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

This workshop is being convened to consider: the summary reports of the first and second phases of the Nairobi work programme; and views and information by parties and relevant organizations on the effectiveness of the Nairobi work programme in fulfilling its objective, expected outcome, scope of work and modalities.  

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September Issue of UN-REDD Newsletter Released [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter22 September 2010: The latest UN-REDD Newsletter includes articles on recent workshops and other activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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