Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Report on Measuring Energy Access for Sustainable Development Released [viewed]

7 June 2010: Columbia University's Earth Institute has released a paper titled “Measuring Energy Access: Supporting a Global Target.” The paper was co-authored by various UN agencies, the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the World Bank, among others.

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UNCCD and UNISDR Sign MOU [viewed]

30 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2010. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration on reducing the vulnerability of communities to drought-related risk and to expand networks that will advance the prevention of drought-associated disasters.

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WHO Releases ‘Vision 2030' on Water Supply, Sanitation and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a CD-ROM titled "Vision 2030: The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change," which aims to increase understanding of how anticipated climate change may affect drinking water and sanitation systems. It also outlines possible actions to optimize resilience of infrastructure and services.

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World Environment Day Celebrated [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN agencies celebrated World Environment Day on 6 June 2010, under the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” The celebrations included a number of activities, such as the launch of "Greening the Blue," which aims to encourage UN agencies to become climate neutral, solar power activities in Rwanda, and a website devoted to informing youth about climate.

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US-India Strategic Dialogue Discusses Cooperation on Climate and Energy [viewed]

3 June 2010: At the US-India Strategic Dialogue, held in Washington DC, US, on 1-4 June 2010, both countries recognized opportunities to deepen their cooperation in environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation, energy security, food security and people empowerment, among other issues.

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UNEP Releases Report on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new report titled "Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development." The report highlights that the repair of forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs, sequester carbon and alleviate poverty.

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Report on Impacts of Consumption and Production Released [viewed]

2 June 2010: The International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled "Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials."

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WHO Publishes Interview on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

June 2010: The latest issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) features an interview with oceanographer and geologist Colin Summerhayes, titled "Climate change: a creeping catastrophe," which explores the expected consequences of climate change on human health.

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EEA Publishes Data on EU GHG Emissions [viewed]

2 June 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the latest EU inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The inventory indicates that emissions fell significantly in 2008  for the fifth consecutive year.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

30 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a workshop report on issues relating to the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.5).

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