Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: UNCCD Technical Workshop on Impact Indicator Refinement [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, under the guidance of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) Bureau, is currently undertaking a scientific peer review of the relevance, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the impact indicators identified at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9). It is in this context that this technical workshop will be convened. The workshop will target scientists, experts, managers and practitioners that have experience in the development and implementation of impact indicators, particularly for monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation. Meeting participants are expected to contribute to the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators provisionally accepted at COP 9 and, ultimately, to the establishment of a scientifically rigorous and credible assessment of the impact of desertification and land degradation at the national, regional and global levels.  

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WMO Bulletin Highlights Record GHG Levels [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch Programme has released the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which tracks observations of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) through 2009.

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Sustainability Focal Points Discuss UN's Climate Neutral Strategy [viewed]

24 November 2010: The third meeting of the Issue Management Group on Sustainability Management (IMG) took place in New York, US, on 28-29 October 2010, bringing together over 50 focal points with responsibility for implementing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy.

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World Bank Launches Corporate Responsibility Website [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Bank has launched a new Corporate Responsibility website showcasing its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint since 2002.

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UNEP Releases Emissions-Gap Report [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Climate Foundation and the National Institute of Ecology-SEMARNAT, Mexico, have launched a report titled "The Emissions Gap Report," in advance of the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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UNFCCC Publishes Italy's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

22 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/ITA) of the individual review of the annual submission of Italy submitted in 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes IMO and WMO Submissions [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.9) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Meteorological Organization  (WMO) under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) on ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report Released [viewed]

23 November 2010: The 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report was released on 23 November 2010, by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, to provide an overview of work undertaken from May 2009 to mid 2010 by Forum Island member countries and the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies to implement the Pacific Plan priorities endorsed in 2009.

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EEA Publishes Guiding Principles for Adaptation [viewed]

8 November 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) of the EU has released a technical paper titled "Guiding principles for adaptation to climate change in Europe," which aims to support adaptation processes for a wide range of situations and actors, as a common basis for cooperative adaptation activities.

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Report on EU Fast-Start Finance Endorsed [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Council of the Finance Ministers of the EU, meeting on 17 November 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, discussed climate finance and endorsed the report on progress on EU fast-start funding.

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