Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Asia-Pacific Meeting Recognizes DRR as Integral to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2015: The fourth session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) endorsed a set of recommendations and initiatives to enhance regional cooperation and make DRR an integral part of sustainable development in the region. Countries agreed to work together to: strengthen technical areas, such as drought monitoring and early warning; enhance the use of space applications; and promote risk-sensitive development strategies.

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Status Report on GCOS Released [viewed]

GCOS26 October 2015: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released a report, titled ‘Status of the Global Observing System for Climate,' which reviews the overall status of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that support the work of the UNFCCC, and assesses progress made on the latest GCOS implementation plan.

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UNESCO Project Assesses Loss and Damage in the Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO22 October 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP), has begun work on assessing loss and damage from climate change and extreme weather events in Pacific island countries.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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18th RRI Dialogue Focuses on Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance [viewed]

RRI-logo29 October 2015: Focusing on the theme 'Status of Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance on the Eve of the Paris Agreement,' the Rights and Resources Initiative's (RRI) 18th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change explored the implications of key 2015 developments in climate change policy and financing for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. It highlighted that the challenge is how to ensure strong links between climate financing mechanisms and efforts to secure rights to lands, territories and resources.

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Pacific Island Countries Call for Targets and Indicators to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

UNISDR28 October 2015: The ‘2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting,' which convened amid growing concerns that irregular climatic activities of El Niño are leading to severe weather events across the Pacific, recommended developing national and regional targets and indicators in order to successfully implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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OECD Publishes 2015 Indicators Report 'Environment at a Glance' [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 'Environment at a Glance 2015,' which updates environmental, socio-economic and sectoral indicators for OECD countries. The publication, which provides an overview of OECD country progress on major environmental issues, is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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Commission Details Links between Environmental Degradation, Human Health [viewed]

the_economist_planetary_healthOctober 2015: The degradation of ecological systems and natural resources combined with unsustainable consumption and production are jeopardizing the health and well-being of future generations, according to a Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report. The report establishes clear linkages between human health and changing environmental conditions, such as increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, ocean acidification and increased fertilizer use in agriculture, particularly in Africa.

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Event: CGIAR Seminar: How Can Agriculture Help Achieve the 2-Degree Target? [viewed]

Co-organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the World Bank, this seminar will address the efforts necessary to achieve a net contribution to emissions reductions from the agricultural sector. Experts from international agricultural research centers and other international organizations will discuss: how agriculture can help achieve the 2°C climate change limit; delivering a transformed food sector; and considerations for achieving a mitigation target for agriculture.  

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