Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CGIAR Seminar: How Can Agriculture Help Achieve the 2-Degree Target? [viewed]

Co-organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the World Bank, this seminar will address the efforts necessary to achieve a net contribution to emissions reductions from the agricultural sector. Experts from international agricultural research centers and other international organizations will discuss: how agriculture can help achieve the 2°C climate change limit; delivering a transformed food sector; and considerations for achieving a mitigation target for agriculture.  

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SLoCaT Analyses Transport Aspects of INDCs [viewed]

slocat19 October 2015: An analysis of the 120 intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted as of 6 October 2015 to the UNFCCC finds that over 75% of the INDCs include the transport sector as a source of mitigation potential. Carried out by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the analysis also finds that upward of 60% of INDCs include transport sector mitigation measures.

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Event: Press Conference: UNFCCC Presents Aggregation Report of INDCs [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is hosting a press conference to present the synthesis report analyzing the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by Parties to the UNFCCC by 1 October 2015. The press conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany, will be live-streamed. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, German Environment Ministry, will speak at the conference.  

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ESCAP Report Discusses Disaster Risk Management in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP27 October 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a report addressing the critical issues and challenges of managing risks in the Asia-Pacific region, including: disaster resilience; emerging risks and sectors most at risk; cross-border disasters, such as earthquakes, droughts, tropical cyclones and floods; the status of early warning systems; gaps and how to address them; and cost-effective opportunities offered by innovative technologies, especially space applications.

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Event: 24th Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 24th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will meet under the theme ‘Pathways to Sustainable Energy'. The meeting will provide the opportunity for member States to review progress on implementing the Programme of Work 2014-2015, before discussing and endorsing the future programme of work 2016-2017 and the strategic framework of the UNECE sub-programme on sustainable energy 2018-2019. The meeting will focus on the Committee and its six subsidiary bodies on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production, coal mine methane, gas, renewable energy and resource classification. An international high-level panel on 19 November 2015 will explore what sustainable energy means for the UNECE region, for both reducing the energy environmental footprint and ensuring needed energy for sustainable development. The meeting will be preceded by the third edition of the Geneva Energy Conversations on 17 November, which will address the role of fossil fuels in sustainable energy systems.  

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GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

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Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

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Adaptation Fund, AfDB Supporting Climate Finance Readiness [viewed]

Adaptation Fund23 October 2015: The Adaptation Fund and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), through its Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), are supporting initiatives to build the capacity of African countries to attract financing for and implement projects for climate change adaptation.

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UNCCD COP 12 Discusses SDG Target on Land Degradation Neutrality, DLDD Links with Climate Change [viewed]

cop12unccd23 October 2015: The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) adopted 35 decisions following deliberations on agenda items related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), including how to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) target to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) and how to align the UNCCD's goals and Parties' action programmes with the Goals. Parties also considered messages for the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will take place from 30 November-11 December 2015.

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2015 on Path for Hottest Year [viewed]

WMO23 October 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that 2015 will most likely be the hottest year on record. According to the Global Climate Report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the world just experienced the hottest January-September on record, as well as the hottest September on record. WMO's provisional Statement on the Status of Global Climate for 2015 will be released in November 2015 in advance of and to inform discussions at the Paris Climate Change Conference. WMO will also release a summary of the global climate from 2011-2015.

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