Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Second International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans [viewed]

The primary sponsors of this symposium are: the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea; the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization. Participants will address the role of climate change on the oceans, including: sea level rise; changes in thermo-haline ocean circulation; acidification; oligotrophy of temperate seas; changes in species abundance; distribution and phenology; and biodiversity loss. The symposium aims to bring together experts from different disciplines to exchange observations, results, models and ideas at a global scale and to discuss the opportunities to mitigate climate change and protect the marine environment and its living resources.  

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AfDB Finalizes Climate Safeguard Systems Design [viewed]

AfDB23 April 2012: The final design of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Safeguard Systems (CSS), comprising four modules for assessing risk and identifying adaptation measures, was announced during a two-day workshop held in March 2012.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 14 submissions from Parties containing their views on the term and mandate of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties) and the need for continuation of the group (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.6).

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UNFCCC Releases Review of Estonia's Inventory for 2011 [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Estonia submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/EST).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the Team of Experts for the International Consultation and Analysis [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submissions from Parties containing their views on the composition, modalities and procedures of the team of technical experts referred to in decision 2/CP.17, annex IV, paragraph 1 (on modalities and guidelines for international consultation and analysis) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.8).

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UNFCCC Releases Brazil's Submission on Costs Incurred for National Communication [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Brazil containing information on the detailed costs incurred, including in-kind contributions, for the preparation of their most recent national communications, and on the financial resources received through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.7).

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Event: International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.  

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UNEP, SPC Assess Threats to Pacific Freshwater Resources [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Applied Geoscience and Technology Division, have released a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat – Pacific Islands,” which assesses the vulnerability of freshwater resources to environmental change. 

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UNFCCC Releases Note of GEF Support for Non-Annex I Parties National Communications [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing information on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CCC/SBI/2012/INF.7).

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World Bank, IMF Report on MDGs Progress [viewed]

April 2012: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have published the 2012 Global Monitoring Report (GMR) on progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year's edition, titled “Food Prices, Nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals,” highlights the need to help developing countries deal with the harmful effects of higher and more volatile food prices.

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