Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank Climate Change Envoy Comments on Sea Level Rise Report [viewed]

4 May 2011: Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change for the World Bank Group, has expressed concern over the findings of a new report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), the scientific arm of the eight-nation Arctic Council. The report predicts that sea level rise will reach between 0.9 and 1.6 meters by the end of this century, with negative effects in particular over poor populations who live in the lowest lying land and have the fewest resources to adapt.

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UNCCD Publishes Issue 3.1 of UNCCD News [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published the latest issue of its UNCCD News publication. Issue 3.1 reviews the outcomes of the second special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) and the ninth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9), which took place in February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, and reviews China's anti-drought measures, among other topics.

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Event: Seventh Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Foreign Ministers representing the eight Arctic States, Permanent Participants representing the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, and Arctic Council Observers and Non-Government Organizations will meet to discuss future challenges in the Arctic. The meeting will include a Ministerial Roundtable on “The Changing Arctic: Challenges for the Arctic Council."  

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FAO Director-General Calls for Regional Weather Alert System in Central Asia [viewed]

3 May 2011: Addressing the Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan, Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), highlighted food insecurity in a number of Central Asian countries and stressed the need to strengthen cooperation on trade.

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UNDP/GEF Publish Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Transboundary Waters [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a global review of legal and institutional frameworks for 28 transboundary surface water, groundwater and marine water systems covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The report also considers climate change adaptation knowledge in the various water basins analyzed.

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UNECA Executive Secretary Opens Information Science and Technology Meeting [viewed]

2 May 2011: The second session of UNECA's Committee on Development Information Science and Technology (CODIST-II) is convening from 2-5 May 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Innovation for Industrial Development in Africa.”

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Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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Event: Centralized Annual Reviews 2011 [viewed]

The 2011 centralized annual technical reviews of information required to be submitted by UNFCCC parties, including annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, will be held in Bonn, Germany.  

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IPCC Releases Documents Ahead of 33rd Session [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its 33rd session from 10-13 May 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and will be preceded by the 11th session of the IPCC Working Group (WG) III, from 5-8 May.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Agenda for Bonn [viewed]

28 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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