Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNDP Releases Climate Change Country Profiles [viewed]

UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles

November 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University, has developed a dataset of climate change country profiles for 52 developing countries.

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WMO Sponsors International Weather Forum [viewed]

An Awareness Campaign about Climate Change 9 November 2008: The Fifth International Weather Forum took

place from 6-9 November 2008, in Brussels, Belgium. The event was co-sponsored

by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the European Community,

MeteoFrance and other organizations. It brought together meteorologists,

experts in climate, journalists, weather presenters and broadcasters from all

over the world to discuss climate change and ways to better inform the public.

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European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges [viewed]

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

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WMO to Organize 2009 Conference on Oceans Observation [viewed]

6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean

Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”

would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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ITU to Hold High-Level Events on ICTs and Climate Change [viewed]

High-Level Segment (HLS)

4 November 2008: The International Telecommunication Union's

(ITU) High-Level Segment of the Council (HLS) will take place from 12-13

November 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will focus on information and

communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.

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WMO Commission for Hydrology to Review Climate Change and Water Activities [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 4 November 2008: The 13th session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology opened on 4 November

2008 at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude on 12

November. The Commission for Hydrology shapes the water-related activities of

the WMO, and addresses issues related to the basic hydrological observation

network, water resources assessment, flood forecasting and management,

adaptabili

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IMO London Convention Parties Agree on Moratorium on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting

parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of

Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the

contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,

at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,

adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).

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First World Summit of Regions Showcases Role of Regions in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

First climate change summit of the world's regional governments 30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”

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Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC [viewed]

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC 28 October 2008: The Committee on Earth Observation

Satellites (CEOS) has prepared an updated report on progress by space agencies

involved in global observations in implementing actions in response to the Global

Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan. The report was submitted

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, which

will hold its 29th session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview

of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding

future development of GCOS.

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