Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNCCD COP 11 Establishes Science-Policy Interface, Intersessional Group on Follow-up to Rio+20 [viewed]

unccd11-closing-meeting27 September 2013: Delegates at the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) concluded their two-week meeting with the adoption of 41 decisions.

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CCAFS Recommends Approaches for Monitoring Adaptation Interventions [viewed]

CCAFS27 September 2013: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a working paper titled 'Monitoring adaptation to enhance food security: A survey of approaches and best practices,' which explores current approaches to monitoring and evaluating (M&E) climate change adaptation projects, considering how food security outcomes are being addressed.

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DESA Launches Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report [viewed]

DESA24 September 2013: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the Executive Summary of the prototype Global Sustainable Development Report, 'Building the Common Future We Want,' at the inaugural session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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GWP Highlights Activities in Egypt, Peru and Pakistan [viewed]

GWP Global logotype19 September 2013: The September issues of News Flows, the newsletter of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), features articles on several GWP conferences and projects, including on: flood management in Pakistan; groundwater management in Peru; and climate resilience in the Nile Basin.

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IPCC WGI Finds Increased Certainty of Anthropogenic Climate Change [viewed]

ipcc-meeting26 September 2013: The 12th session of Working Group I (WGI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused on finalizing its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) titled, 'Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.'

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Documents on Reporting, Agriculture and Mitigation [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three documents on developed country mitigation, agriculture and developed country reporting. These documents will be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 39th session, taking place in November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.

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SPC Pacific Forestry Meeting Focuses on REDD+, Food Security and Trade [viewed]

SPC29 September 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), convened the Pacific Regional Forestry Technical Meeting under the theme 'Sustainable Forest Management for a Resilient Future in the Pacific Region.'

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New AMCOMET Website Launched Ahead of African Climate Conferences [viewed]

amcomet1 October 2013: The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) launched a new website to increase the visibility of its work in fostering political will to strengthen national meteorological and hydrological services, enabling them to: improve the delivery of weather, climate and water services in Africa; and promote sustainable socioeconomic development.

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UNGA High-Level Debate Concludes with Focus on Lessons from the MDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: The 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate concluded its discussions on “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.” Speakers discussed lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasized connections between development and peace and security, and supported action on climate change.

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Norway and Germany Agree to Reduce Forest Emissions in Ecuador [viewed]

norway-german30 September 2013: The Governments of Norway and Germany have signed an agreement to cooperate with Ecuador to purchase Ecuador's emission reductions and contribute $2.6 million to strengthening national capacities in Ecuador.

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