Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Third Meeting of BASIC Group Issues Joint Statement [viewed]

25 April 2010: The third meeting on climate change of Ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, from 25-26 April 2010. The Group issued a Joint Statement on 25 April 2010.

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Brazil Convenes IBSA and BRIC Meetings [viewed]

15 April 2010: Government representatives from Brazil met with their counterparts from India and South Africa (IBSA), and with Russia, India and China (BRIC), in Brasilia, Brazil, on 15 April 2010, to discuss climate change among other issues.

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WFP to Use Carbon Calculator [viewed]

26 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun using a tool to calculate emissions from the organization's travel in order to track its environmental impact.

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UNECE Pollutant Release Protocol Close to Operationalization [viewed]

23 April 2010: The first meeting of the governing body of the 2003 Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) culminated in the adoption of a declaration and a set of decisions to operationalize the Protocol. 

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OECD Secretary General Says Current Pledges Fall Short of Reductions Needed [viewed]

22 April 2010: Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), emphasized that current pledges fall short of the effort needed to curb climate change and discouraged the use of border tax adjustment (BTA) measures during a speech at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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UNFCCC Publishes Inventory Reports [viewed]

21 April 2010: The UNFCCC has published the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of the European Community and Finland submitted in 2009.

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Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol Launched [viewed]

22 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the creation of the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol (CSMP) by a coalition of seven organizations. The CSMP was inspired by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, and aims to increase the sustainability of future COPs and other large international meetings. 

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UNEP and Partner Release 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index [viewed]

21 April 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the non-profit institute AccountAbility, has released "The 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index - National progress in the low carbon economy."

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Progress Towards REDD+ [viewed]

20 April 2010: The seventh edition of the UN-REDD Programme's Newsletter reviews activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in several countries, and includes reports, analyses, and commentaries on recent events and publications.

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FAO Publishes Report on Dairy Sector Emissions [viewed]

20 April 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a study titled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Dairy Sector: A Life Cycle Assessment." The study examines the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with milk production and processing for a variety of farming systems.

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