Science, Assessment & Monitoring

PrepCom Agrees to Open-ended Negotiations on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR18 November 2014: The Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) met to continue negotiations on the revision of the 'Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) - Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters' (HFA). Negotiators ended the session by agreeing to hold open-ended negotiations on the first draft, based on proposals put forward during the two-day meeting and anticipated amendments to be submitted by 20 November 2014.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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Kyoto Protocol Transaction Log Administrator Reports to SBI [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report of the administrator of the international transaction log (ITL) under the Kyoto Protocol, which outlines the activities of the ITL administrator from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014 (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.18).

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Event: Our Common Future Under Climate Change [viewed]

Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Science (ICSU) and Future Earth, in collaboration with a partnership of French organizations, this science-focused conference will examine the latest research around climate change. Participants will discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and any new research since the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The event will touch upon the following themes: state of knowledge on climate change; scenarios exploring our common future; responding to climate change challenges; and collective action and transformative solutions. The Chair of the conference is Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC.  

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UNFCCC Releases SED 4 Information Note [viewed]

UNFCCC14 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information note by the co-facilitators of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review, which provides information on the fourth meeting of the SED, scheduled to take place from 2-3 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on National Adaptation Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of countries' adaptation planning experiences, including information on good practices and lessons learned in the areas of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health. Parties and partner organizations of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change were also invited to submit information on monitoring and evaluation, and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

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UNFCCC Reviews Biennial Reports, National Communications Information [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an annual report on the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) by Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.20). The report describes activities relating to the review of information reported in the first biennial reports and sixth national communications submitted by Annex I Parties in 2014. It also provides information on the composition of expert review teams (ERTs) and on the training of reviewers.

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Event: IPCC 41 [viewed]

The 41st Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41) will meet in the first half of 2015 to address, inter alia, future work of the IPCC and lessons from the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).  

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Event: Third International Conference on El Niño [viewed]

This conference, which is meeting under the theme ‘Bridging the gaps between the global ENSO science and the regional processes, extremes and impacts,' aims to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the prediction of ENSO and related regional impacts. This discussion will contribute to the development of decision-support frameworks for appropriate planning and response at the national and local levels. The conference will bring together scientists and experts involved in research, observations and operational climate services to provide a forum for efficiently linking science with societal needs. The outcomes will be used to support implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and inform action to increase resilience to natural climate variability in the areas of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, health and water. The conference is organized by the Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño, with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as one of the co-sponsors.  

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Event: 3rd ASEAN Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

The 3rd ASEAN Climate Outlook Forum (ASEANCOF-3) is being organized by the Meteorological Service Singapore, as host of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Specialized Meteorological Centre. Attendees will include national meteorological services, and representatives from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), ASEAN Secretariat, among others. The forum will meet for two days, followed by a training workshop on the third day. ASEANCOF-3 will focus on, among other issues, the application of long-range forecasts in the water management sector.  

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