Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Australia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNFCCC Publishes Portugal's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

16 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Portugal (FCCC/ARR/2011/PRT). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 25.5% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNISDR Annual Report Highlights Growth in DRR Financing [viewed]

18 July 2012: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released its 2011 Annual Report, which highlights increases in financing and country efforts towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) worldwide.

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ICAO Agrees on Carbon Dioxide Metric System [viewed]

11 July 2012: The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) agreed on a new carbon dioxide metric system for characterizing aircraft emissions, at a meeting in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The new system will account for fuel burn performance, fuselage geometry and maximum takeoff weight at three different cruise conditions.

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IFC Report Examines Role of Private Sector Finance in Green Growth [viewed]

June 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group has released a new publication titled “MoneyMoves: How Private Sector Finance Can Work for a Sustainable Future,” examining the successes and challenges of private sector involvement in environmental sustainability initiatives.

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Event: Second ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

This event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and TechAmerica Europe, and will be hosted by Microsoft. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The week will include: a Forum on Greener Smarter Better Cities to be organized by ITU and the European Commission; a Forum on Boosting Smart Grids through Energy Efficient ICT to be organized by ITU; a Forum on Mapping E-Waste to Address Future Challenges to be jointly organized by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and CEDARE; a Forum on Greening the ICT Supply Chain to be jointly organized by ITU, UNU and CEDARE; a High Level Segment on Greening the Economy through ICT Standards to be jointly organized by ITU, TechAmerica Europe and Microsoft; a Forum on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector to be jointly organized by ITU and ETNO; an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT to be organized by ITU and GeSI; and a session on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning to be organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: IV International ECLAC Carbon Footprint Seminar [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and French Cooperation will co-host the fourth in a series of annual seminars on the potential implications of carbon footprint initiatives for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) trade. This year's session will focus on "Environmental footprint and Latin American food exports: International regulations and business practice." The seminar will look at the state of carbon footprint labeling standards internationally, including ISO 14.067, France's Grenelle 2 and standards work underway in the EU, discuss the state of methodologies for calculating the carbon footprint of products, and look at the application of environmental standards on imports by US and European retail chains and cases of adoption of such standards by exporters in Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Luxembourg's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of Luxembourg's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/LUX). The report covers the review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Australia's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of Australia's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/AUS). The report covers the review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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WHO to Fund Research on Resilience to Vulnerabilities to Vector-borne Diseases in Africa [viewed]

WHO13 July 2012: The World Health Organisation's (WHO) Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is calling for expressions of interest for a research initiative on improving resilience to vulnerabilities to vector-borne diseases (VDBs) under conditions of climate change in Africa.

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