Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Stockholm Convention to Study Climate Change and POPs [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Stockholm Convention Secretariat has informed it will carry out a 12-month international study of the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment. The study, which was announced during the fifth Environment and Health Ministerial Conference held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, will involve over 10 organizations in five countries and will review the latest science to inform the assessment of current and new POPs.

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UNECE and FAO Launch Data Collection on Europe's Forests [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have begun collecting data on the state of forests and forest management in Europe. Data will be collected from 46 countries in the European region, and will include information on forest health and vitality, productive and protective functions, biodiversity and social and economic dimensions of forest management.

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InterAcademy Council to Review the IPCC's Processes and Procedures [viewed]

10 March 2010: At a press conference held on10 March 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US,UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair Rajendra Pachauri launched an Independent Review of the IPCC's processes and procedures.

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UNFCCC Publishes Inventory Reports of Australia, Bulgaria and Spain [viewed]

9 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports submitted in 2009 of the individual reviews of the annual submissions of: Spain (FCCC/ARR/2009/ESP), Australia (FCCC/ARR/2009/AUS) and Bulgaria (FCCC/ARR/2009/BGR).

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European Environment Agency's Third Message for the International Year of Biodiversity Highlights Links with Climate Change [viewed]

9 March 2010:The European Environment Agency has published the third biodiversity message in its series of ‘10 messages for 2010,' which focuses on freshwater ecosystems, and highlights links with climate change.

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US and Brazil Conclude MoU for Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

3 March 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation Regarding Climate Change on 3 March 2010.

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GEF STAP Addresses Needs for Scientific and Technical Advice Arising from the Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

8 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF STAP) held an open meeting at the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) headquarters in Rome, Italy, with representatives from GEF agencies, the GEF Secretariat, GEF Evaluation Office and Conventions, and observers from the GEF Council.

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UNU and Viet Nam National University Sign MoU to Promote Research on Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 March 2010: During a ceremony held at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, Konrad Osterwalder, UNU Rector, and Mai Trong Nhuan, Viet Nam National University (VNU) President signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in education, research on sustainable development, curriculum development and e-learning, and capacity development of staff and students.

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Japan Convenes Informal Meeting on Further Actions Against Climate Change [viewed]

2 March 2010: The eighth informal meeting on 'Further Actions against Climate Change' convened in Tokyo, Japan, from 1-2 March 2010, under the chairmanship of Akihiko Furuya (Japan) and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado (Brazil).

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IPCC Expert Meeting Discusses Modelling Renewable Energies [viewed]

March 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III convened an expert meeting on 'Modelling Renewable Energies' in Oxford, UK, from 28 February-1 March 2010, in support of the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), to be finalized in early 2011.

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