Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO: September Issue of the WCRP Electronic Newsletter Released [viewed]

WCRP Electronic Newsletter

2 September 2008: The newest issue of the World Climate

Research Programme's (WCRP) electronic newsletter has been released.

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UNEP Executive Director Addresses IPCC [viewed]

31 August 2008: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme

(UNEP) Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary General, spoke to the

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 31 August 2008.

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IPCC Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary [viewed]

20th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 31 August 2008: The celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its twenty-ninth

plenary Session are convening in Geneva, Switzerland, until 4 September 2008.

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UNEP: World Glaciers Need Better Monitoring [viewed]

Global Glaciers Changes: facts and figures The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) launched a new facts and figures report

on glaciers and ice caps during a side event on 1 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland, during the 29th plenary session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures”

presents recent fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines an overall

trend of glaciers' retreat. Wilfried Haeberli, Director of WGMS, noted that

glaciers are unique demonstration objects of global climate change.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of Public Understanding of Climate Change in Reaching Strong Outcome in Copenhagen [viewed]

31 August 2008: Speaking on the occasion of the twentieth

anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the

opening of its twenty-ninth Plenary session, Roberto Acosta, Coordinator, UN

Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on behalf of Yvo de Boer,

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, underlined the IPCC's role in global climate change

policies and the need for public understanding of climate change to

significantly strengthen international action to tackle this challenge and reach

an ambitious response in Copenhagen at the UN climate change meeting in

December 2009.

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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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