Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO Climatology Commission Calls for More Frequent Climate Baselines [viewed]

WMO9 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Climatology convened to adopt a 2014-2018 work plan aimed at accelerating national efforts to deliver and use climate services, and address issues such as data management, climate prediction and capacity building. The Commission also recommended that governments adopt a two-tier approach to updating the 30-year baselines used by scientists and meteorological services to monitor the weather and climate, and make comparisons with past conditions.

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WMO, WHO Establish Joint Office for Climate and Health [viewed]

WMO WHO8 July 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have established a Joint Office for Climate and Health, under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), to promote the development and use of climate services to improve public health. The office will increase awareness, build capacity, and connect meteorological services with experts in the health sector to act on climate adaptation and risk management.

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UN Report Highlights MDG Targets Within Reach [viewed]

United Nations7 July 2014: Many of the currently unfulfilled Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets are within reach by 2015, according to 'The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014.' The report provides updates on progress toward fulfilling the MDGs and their targets at global and regional levels. Launching the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that “achievements have been uneven between goals, among and within regions and countries and between population groups.”

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UNEP Risø Centre Becomes UNEP DTU Partnership [viewed]

unepdtuJuly 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has changed its name to UNEP DTU Partnership, a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, UNEP and the Technical University of Denmark. The UNEP DTU Partnership is a UNEP Collaborating Centre as well as a research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development.

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WMO Executive Council Addresses Climate Services, Extreme Weather [viewed]

WMO3 July 2014: The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened its annual meeting to focus on, inter alia, providing better weather and climate services to protect urban-based global populations challenged by climate change, extreme weather events, pollution, pressure on water supplies and food insecurity.

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GCRMN, IUCN, UNEP Report Analyzes Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs [viewed]

UNEP-GCRMN-IUCN2 July 2014: Caribbean corals have declined more than 50% since the 1970s, according to ‘Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012.' The report identifies overfishing, pollution and tourism as the main threats to coral reefs and provides a series of recommendations to promote reef recovery and resilience.

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UN-REDD Highlights UNEA Events and Outcomes [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 July 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights a number of REDD+ related outcomes from the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). In particular, the newsletter notes that during discussions on financing a green economy, REDD+ emerged as an opportunity for the promotion of sustainable development pathways.

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UNFCCC Finance Committee Considers Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance Flows [viewed]

UNFCCC18 June 2014: At its seventh meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) of the UNFCCC continued discussions of the first biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows (BA), which is the first time such an assessment is being conducted under the auspices of the UNFCCC. SCF also took up the fifth review of the financial mechanism (the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF)) on the basis of a draft technical paper.

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SBSTTA-18 Adopts Recommendations on Scientific Issues Related to Aichi Targets Implementation [viewed]

Chair-Hem-Pande28 June 2014: The 18th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) addressed a series of items related to the scientific base required for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi biodiversity targets, including the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4), marine- and climate-related issues, and invasive alien species (IAS).

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UNCCD SPI Elaborates Work Plan [viewed]

UNCCD logo26 June 2014: During the first meeting of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), members elaborated a work plan for the period prior to the next Conference of the Parties (COP 12).

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