Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: The IOCCP Surface Ocean CO2 Data-to-Flux Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will bring together participants from all the communities (observational, modelling, sensor development, platform development and operations, data management) that have a strong contribution to make in enabling the goals for the next ten years for a global sea surface carbon observing system. The workshop will run as a mix of plenaries and theme focused discussion groups.  

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UN/ISDR Head Discusses Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released an interview with Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, carried out by Eurasylum, on the latest evidence on climate migration.

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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UNU and Partners Launch World Risk Report 2011 [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in collaboration with the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works), has published the World Risk Report 2011, which evaluates the interactions between exposure to natural hazards and climate change, and factors of social vulnerability, including levels of poverty, education, food security and governance.

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Representatives of Past and Future UNCCD COP Presidencies Issue Call for Action [viewed]

UNCCD3 September 2011: Representatives of past Presidents of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conferences of the Parties (COP), along with the forthcoming COP 10 host, the Republic of Korea, convened in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 September 2011, to discuss upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly on the theme “Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” and UNCCD COP 10. 

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European Commission Evaluates 2002-2012 Environment Action Programme [viewed]

31 August 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its final assessment of the implementation of the sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP) of the EU over the past decade, highlighting progress, shortcomings and lessons learned in relation to biodiversity, climate change and the green economy.

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UNFCCC Publishes Reports of Workshops on NAMAs and on Economy Wide Reduction Targets [viewed]

UNFCCC31 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/11) by the co-chairs of the second workshop on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) submitted by developing country parties, underlying assumptions, and any support needed for implementation of these actions, as requested by decision 1/CP.16 paragraph 51.

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Pakistan, WMO Strengthen Flood Forecasting Services [viewed]

31 August 2011: The Pakistan Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have worked together over the 2010-2011 period on Pakistan's Integrated Flood Management Plan, following the flood disaster of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and caused almost 2,000 deaths.

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EEA Releases Report on Municipal Solid Waste Management [viewed]

29 August 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the mitigation potential of municipal solid waste management, emphasizing recycling to avoid emissions.

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Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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