Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO Publishes Statement on the Status of the Global Climate [viewed]

24 March 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published the Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2009, an annual survey by the agency about the weather and climate change. In the Statement, the WMO highlights that the first decade of the new millennium was the warmest on record.

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UNECE Approves Air Quality Monitoring Guidelines [viewed]

30 March 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 29 March-2 April 2010, reports on the meeting of the Extended Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy, which approved guidelines on air quality monitoring and furthered preparations for the seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe.”

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA and SBI Provisional Agendas [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agenda for the 32nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 32) (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/1) and the 32nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 32) (FCCC/SBI/2010/1), which will take place from 31 May-9 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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European Council Endorses Post-Copenhagen Strategy [viewed]

26 March 2010: The European Council, gathering Heads of State and government of the EU, met in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-26 March 2010, to discuss the EU's strategy on the international climate change negotiations, among other things. In its conclusions, the European Council called for introducing a new dynamic to the international negotiation process, and proposed following a stepwise approach building on the Copenhagen Accord and its swift implementation.

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UNEP Collaborates on Report on Copenhagen Accord Targets [viewed]

25 March 2010: The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled “What do the Appendices to the Copenhagen Accord tell us about global greenhouse gas emissions and the prospects for avoiding a rise in global average temperature of more than 2°C?”

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UNDP Releases Report on the Outcomes of Copenhagen [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report it commissioned on "The Outcomes of Copenhagen: The Negotiations and the Accord." Author Alina Averchenkova recognizes that the Conference fell short of the high expectations to deliver a UN-level agreement on a future international framework on climate change, but underlines that the Copenhagen Accord reflects a political consensus on the main elements of the future framework among the major emitters and representatives of the main negotiating groups.

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FAO Publishes Key Findings of Global Forest Resources Assessment [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published the key findings of its "Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010" (FRA 2010). Among the findings, FAO reports that the world deforestation rate has decreased over the past ten years, but continues at a high rate in many countries.

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IPCC Completes Nomination Process for AR5 [viewed]

24 March 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced the completion of the nomination process for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).  Over 3000 experts were nominated by IPCC national focal points and observer organizations. The Report, scheduled to be finalized in 2013-2014, will be the next comprehensive assessment of scientific information on climate change by the IPCC.

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UN-REDD Programme Board Holds Fourth Meeting [viewed]

26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.

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UN-REDD Programme Releases its 2009 Year in Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its inaugural Year in Review report for 2009, which reflects on the Programme's first full year in operation. The report highlights the progress of its pilot countries, the partnerships it cultivated with international partners throughout the year, and the Programme's impact in building international consensus for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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