Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Greening the Blue Website Wins Award [viewed]

27 September 2010: Greening the Blue, the website covering all issues relating to the UN's sustainability performance, has won an international award for "best website."

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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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Event: Third Lead Authors Meeting on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The World Meterological Organization (WMO) is hosting the Third Lead Authors Meeting for the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Submitted comments to the the SREX Expert Review, which took place from 26 July-20 September 2010, will serve as the basis for discussions. The 30th Session of the IPCC in 2009 decided to prepare the SREX with the involvement of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).  

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Event: Informal Meeting of Representatives from Parties and Organizations and Experts to Consider the Outcomes of Completed Activities Under the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

This workshop is being convened to consider: the summary reports of the first and second phases of the Nairobi work programme; and views and information by parties and relevant organizations on the effectiveness of the Nairobi work programme in fulfilling its objective, expected outcome, scope of work and modalities.  

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September Issue of UN-REDD Newsletter Released [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter22 September 2010: The latest UN-REDD Newsletter includes articles on recent workshops and other activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Workshop on Metrics and Methodologies of Estimation of Extreme Climate Events [viewed]

This event is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Climate Research Programme (WRCP). The aims of the meeting are to examine existing methods for understanding extreme weather and climate events, to identify areas for improvement in the production of reliable data and to start to develop strategies for forecasting these extreme events.  

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GEO-5 Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific Identifies Priority Issues [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 16-17 September 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes GCOS Implementation Plan [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the executive summary of an update of the Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/Misc.9).

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Arctic Parliamentarians Discuss Consequences of Melting Ice [viewed]

15 September 2010: The Ninth Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, from 13-15 September 2010, produced a statement addressing, among other things, climate change issues.

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UNDP, UNEP and GEF Launch Report on Countries' Capacity to Meet Rio Convention Commitments [viewed]

16 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched a joint report synthesizing the results of the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) programme, launched in January 2000, to deepen knowledge on countries' foundational capacities to meet global environmental objectives.

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