Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Report of Committee for Development Policy Reviews Indicators of LDCs [viewed]

May 2011: The report of the 13th session of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which took place from 21-25 March 2011, has just been released. The report reviews the Committee's consideration of the following themes: education for all, issues related to the Least Developed Countries (including monitoring of the development progress of Equatorial Guinea and Samoa), and migration and development. 

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SPC Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

19 May 2011: In addresses to two recent climate change meetings in the Pacific region, Inoke Ratukalou, Acting Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resource Division (LRD), has stressed the need to protect SIDS' agriculture sector from the impacts of climate change, and emphasized that climate change should be considered a development issue, not just an environmental one.

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OECD Releases Review of Norway's Environmental Protection [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its review of the environmental performance of Norway, which praises Norway's pioneering role in environmental protection, but calls for further action, notably in addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity.

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World Meteorological Conference Opens with Support for Global Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

17 May 2011: The 16th World Meteorological Conference, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16 May-3 June 2011, will set the priorities and budget for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and consider the proposed Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS).

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UNFCCC Publishes Ireland's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/IRL) of the individual review of the annual submission of Ireland submitted in 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI Agenda for Bonn Session [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which reflects that decision 1/CP.16 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the Work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention) provides direction for the implementation of the long-term cooperative action under the Convention that will require coordination among the various bodies undertaking related tasks.

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Event: Global Warming Potentials and Other Metrics Climate System Feedbacks [viewed]

This conference is organized by the Royal Irish Academy and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of John Tyndall's breakthrough experimental work on the absorption of infrared radiation by various atmospheric gases. The conference topics include: greenhouse warming potentials and other metrics for comparison of radiatively active substances; and current science on climate feedbacks.  

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Event: IPCC 34th Session [viewed]

The 34th session of the IPCC will be held back to back with the first joint Sessions of IPCC Working Groups I and II to approve and accept the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” The session will also continue consideration of the IPCC review, among other matters.  

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Event: Joint IPCC WGI and WGII Session [viewed]

This meeting will be held back to back with IPCC 34. It is scheduled to approve the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and accept the underlying document.  

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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