Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPCC Releases Agenda for 32nd Session [viewed]

August 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the provisional agenda for its 32nd plenary session, scheduled to take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 11-14 October 2010.

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FAO Launches Fire Monitoring System Portal [viewed]

11 August 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched an online portal, the Global Fire Information Management System (GFIRMS), that provides daily updates on fires through satellites operated by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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WMO Comments on Current Extreme Events [viewed]

11 August 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published information for the media on the unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events that have recently taken place in different parts of the world.

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WHO Facilitates Exchange of Experience on Health Risks Evaluation [viewed]

4 August 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO), together with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Government of Costa Rica, organized a meeting in late July 2010 to share experiences in evaluating health risks.

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UN-REDD Recounts Recent Activities Related to Governance [viewed]

10 August 2010: In its latest media release, the UN-REDD Programme highlights several recent governance-related activities, describing the Programme's engagement of partners on governance issues and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) at conferences around the world.

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Greening the Blue Launches Resources Tab [viewed]

10 August 2010: UN's Greening the Blue launched a resources section on its website that includes background information needed to move a UN organization towards greater sustainability.

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UNIDO Organizes Workshop on Development of CCS Roadmap [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop in the framework of the development of a Global Technology Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Industry.

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UNICEF Report Focuses on Climate Impacts on Children in Kenya [viewed]

August 2010: The UK Committee for UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UNICEF Kenya have released a report titled "Climate Change in Kenya: Focus on Children." 

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UN-REDD Discusses Monitoring Activities [viewed]

3 August 2010: In the latest UN-REDD Programme media release, Peter Holmgren, UN Food and Agricluture Organization (FAO) Coordinator for the UN-REDD Programme, describes the importance of measuring, reporting and verification (MRV)  for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), and outlines challenges countries face in setting up national monitoring systems.

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Event: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment [viewed]

This Conference is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), together with the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the GIS Society of Ethiopia (GSSE). It aims to bring together scholars and professionals from the African and international geo-spatial information science community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experience. The Conference is organized around four themes: food and water security; energy resources; disaster risk reduction; and marine and coastal management.  

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