Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Global Legislators Organization Sets Priorities for National Climate Laws [viewed]

© GLOBE26 October 2009: National legislators from developed and developing countries agreed on key guiding principles for domestic climate change legislation during a Forum organized by GLOBE (Global Legislators Organization) and the Danish Government on 24-25 October 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNFCCC Releases 1990-2007 National GHG Inventory Data [viewed]

21 October 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a note on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Data for the Period 1990-2007, which proved the “continuing growth in emissions from industrialized countries.” On this basis, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer reiterated the urgent need for a “comprehensive, fair and effective deal” to be sealed in Copenhagen.

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IPCC, FAO and IFAD Hold Expert Meeting on Data for LULUCF and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses [viewed]

© IPCC20 October 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are sponsoring a meeting of experts at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 20-22 October 2009, to provide advice on how to use international datasets to develop greenhouse gas emission and removal estimates for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) sectors.

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FAO Global Forest Satellite Data Made Available [viewed]

© FAO20 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and numerous partners have made available free, high-resolution and ready-to-use satellite data as part of the Global Forest Resources Assessment.

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UNEP Synthesis Report on Biomass Science Calls for More Sophisticated Approach to Biofuels Production [viewed]

© UNEP16 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management has published its first report, entitled “Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels.”

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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UNDP Launches Water Governance Programme for Arab States [viewed]

12 October 2009: The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), jointly with the League of Arab States, organized a High-level Partners Meeting on Water Governance in Cairo, Egypt, from 12-13 October 2009.

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Guest Article #23: Climate information and services for decision-making [viewed]

Convened in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2009 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its international partners, the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) has initiated the process to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services, to ensure that climate information and predictions are made available to decision-makers and to all sectors enduring the increasing impacts of climate variability and change. This historic decision was unanimously adopted at the opening of the WCC-3 High-level Segment, which followed three days of intense deliberations by multidisciplinary international experts. Present on the occasion were the Presidents and Heads of State of 12 countries and close to 80 Ministers, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 12 Executive Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes.

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CBD Secretariat Launches Report on Forest Resilience, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© CBD October 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a synthesis report on the biodiversity/resilience/stability relationship in forest ecosystems.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Green Energy at Opening of Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

© Distinguished guests join Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the Inaugural Plenary Session of the Global Renewable Energy Forum in Leon, Guanajauto, Mexico, including: Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy, Mexico; Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Governor, State of Guanajauto; Rajendrah K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO, TERI, India; and Hélène Pelosse, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).7 October 2009: In a message delivered to the 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with the Government of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies.

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