Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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FAO Organizes Technical Conference on Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

4 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) International Technical Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 1-4 March 2010, and was co-sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Government of Mexico and a number of other international partners.

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WMO Commission for Climatology Agrees on Future Strategy to Improve Climate Information and Services [viewed]

1 March 2010: Over 150 participants representing 88 countries and three international organizations met at the 15th session of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, and agreed on a future strategy to provide improved climate information and services.

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International Experts Address Climate Change and Related Societal Demands at WMO Conference [viewed]

25 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), jointly with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Turkish State Meteorological Service, convened a Technical Conference on Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development from 16-18 February 2010, in Antalya, Turkey. More than 150 scientists from over 80 countries discussed the potential of current and future climate services in supporting governments, communities and businesses to cope with climate variability and change, and reduce related societal vulnerabilities. The event concluded with a special one-day joint session of the WMO's Commission for Climatology with the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Individual Review of the Annual Submissions of Canada and Croatia [viewed]

1 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submissions that Canada and Croatia submitted in 2009.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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FAO Releases Ex-ante Carbon Accounting Tool for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

16 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released EX-ACT (EX-ante Appraisal Carbon-balance Tool), a land-based accounting tool that provides ex-ante measurements of the impacts of agriculture and forestry projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration.

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