Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EU-US Conclude Memorandum on Civil Aviation Research and Development [viewed]

18 June 2010: The European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have concluded negotiations for the establishment of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in civil aviation research and development.

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UPU Issues Questionnaire on Postal Emissions [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the UN specialized agency for postal services, has released a questionnaire to determine a detailed carbon footprint for Posts, including emissions from: electricity consumption in the buildings; fleet of vehicles; air conditioning; heating; travelling; electric vehicles; and staff commuting.

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Event: IPCC 33 [viewed]

The 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 33) will be preceded by the 11th session of IPCC WGIII, which will meet in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 5-8 May 2011.  

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WFP Releases Annual Report for 2010 [viewed]

June 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has released its annual report for 2010, titled "Fighting Hunger Worldwide." The report indicates that the number of hungry people worldwide grew to over one billion.

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Event: ECLAC Roundtable on Impacts of Climate Change on Adaptive Policy in the Caribbean [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean will be hosting a roundtable to discuss the impacts of climate change on adaptive policy in the Caribbean. The meeting will consider initiatives on climatic modeling that have already been conducted in the subregion and discuss the new initiative titled “Understanding potential economic impacts of climate change in LAC.”  

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UNDP and Turkmenistan Support Adaptation in Caspian Area [viewed]

4 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Hazar Nature Reserve, located on the Caspian Sea Coast of Turkmenistan, are developing adaptive approaches to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the reserve. The project, implemented in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan, aims to predict and map the effects of climate change, including rapid change of the shoreline, the emergence of new islands, the disappearance of existing landscapes, and biodiversity loss.

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Event: Expert Meeting on Agricultural Drought Indices [viewed]

This meeting was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with support from the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and hosted by the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura.  

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UNESCO IOC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

8 June 2010: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the celebration of its 50th anniversary on 8 June, Word Oceans Day.

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International Polar Year Comes to an End [viewed]

12 June 2010: The closing ceremony of the International Polar Year 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, took place in Oslo, Norway, on 12 June 2010, the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference.

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WMO Expert Meeting Recommends Agricultural Drought Indices [viewed]

8 June 2010: Nineteen scientists from all regions adopted recommendations for monitoring agricultural droughts in an effort to ensure better understanding of the conditions that are critical for regular food production.

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