Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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Experts Highlight Role of Oceans in Sustainable Development, Climate Regulation [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day23 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) sponsored a press conference on the launch of a report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, during which marine experts panellists highlighted that changes in the oceans are being driven at an extraordinary pace, entailing a dramatic rise in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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OECD Releases Preliminary Report on Green Growth for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

A Green Growth Strategy for Food and AgricultureJune 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preliminary report outlining a strategy for green growth in the agricultural sector.

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UN-REDD Programme Newsletter Highlights New Partner Countries [viewed]

UN-REDD22 June 2011: The June 2011 issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter reports that six countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Pakistan and Peru) have joined the Programme as partner countries.

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WMO Highlights Collaboration with UNESCO's IOC at Anniversary Event [viewed]

IOC 50th anniversary22 June 2011: The closing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed to promote international awareness of, and involvement in, ocean science.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Predicts Higher Food Prices [viewed]

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-202017 June 2011: The Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020, produced jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), predicts that prices for agricultural commodities will fall in the short run but increase over the next decade to average 20-30% higher in real terms than over the 2001-2010 period.

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GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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Bonn Talks Focus on Agendas of the Subsidiary Bodies [viewed]

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat17 June 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference June 2011 centered on the agendas of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies during the first week, with agreement reached to launch work on some agenda items, while the Ad Hoc Working Groups made some progress on their agendas but recognized that much work remains before the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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Event: Research Workshop on Evaluating Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification [viewed]

The French Desertification Scientific Committee (CSFD) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Montpellier (IAMM) are organizing a research workshop/seminar on Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification, in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and its Global Mechanism. The workshop will provide an opportunity for a broad variety of different actors fighting desertification to clarify controversial points and improve the evaluation process to make actions more effective. The workshop intends to contribute at the international level to the preparation of the second UNCCD Scientific Conference and to promote French expertise within an international framework.  

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Experts Develop Roadmap on Climate Change and Migratory Species [viewed]

Birds Flying in Red Sky16 June 2011: At a Technical Workshop convened by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), experts agreed on recommendations regarding how the international community can assist migratory species in the context of climate change.

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