Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN Secretary-General Calls for Poznan to be a Successful Bridge towards Copenhagen [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 31 August 2008: In a press conference given on the occasion

of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

(IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated

the IPCC for its accomplishments and for removing any doubt that climate change

was happening with its Fourth Assessment Report.

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International Congress to Address Anthropogenic Impacts on the Marine Environment [viewed]

September 2008: The International Congress on ‘Anthropogenic

Impacts on the Marine Environment' is scheduled to take place in Ismal,

Algeria, from 27-29 October 2008.

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Nineteenth SPREP Meeting to Address the Implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 [viewed]

Taking action on climate change in the Pacific - regional Action Plan to implement the Pacific Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 August 2008: The nineteenth South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Meeting of Officials, which will be held from 4-12 September 2008, in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, will consider

a number of climate related matters, including the Action Plan for the

implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change

2006-2015. Participants are also scheduled to examine a Plan for Action on the

Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009.

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IPCC Produces Introduction to the IPCC 2006 Guidelines [viewed]

IPCC 2006 Guidelines 21 August 2008: The IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Programme (NGGIP) has produced a short introduction to the IPCC 2006

Guidelines, entitled “Primer.” This Primer is suitable for users of the 1996

guidelines who wish to understand the changes in the new 2006 Guidelines and to

start using them, and for those who are compiling inventories for the first time.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects [viewed]

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

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CBD Notification on Preparations for the Global Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

7 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has notified organizations participating in the

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership about the timetable for preparing the third

edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) and has invited these

organizations to make the latest scientific information available for the

Outlook.

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IAEA/FAO organize International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants [viewed]

International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants (ISIM)

11 August 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are organizing

an International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, from 12-15 August

2008, in Vienna, Austria. The event will bring together scientists to focus on

the latest innovations aimed at improving crop productivity in an effort to

solve the food and energy crises.

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UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events [viewed]

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

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IPCC Releases Documents for Twenty-ninth Session [viewed]

IPCC, Twenty-Ninth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August - 4 September 2008 August 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

(IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for its twenty-ninth

session and the celebration of its 20th anniversary, which will take place from

31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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