Science, Assessment & Monitoring

“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Countries Discuss Role of IPCC in Global Stocktake under UNFCCC [viewed]

IPCCUNFCCC18 May 2016: Governments have requested additional reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and decided to incorporate the latest science as part of the Paris Agreement's global stocktake process, which will take place every five years in order to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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Publication Explores Climate Change-Land Degradation Nexus [viewed]

Climate Change and Desertification: Anticipating, Assessing & Adapting to Future Change in Drylands13 May 2016: The authors of a UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) scientific assessment of the climate-land degradation nexus have published their findings in a book, titled ‘Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change: Anticipating, Assessing and Adapting to Future Change.' The results will feed into the work of the UNCCD's Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and the first Global Land Outlook, due to be published in June 2017, as well as contributing to analyses by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative on the costs and benefits of action, or inaction, against land degradation.

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UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges [viewed]

UNEA-223 May 2016: The second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) opened on 23 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the overarching theme of 'Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' The UNEA-2 outcome will include a global call to action to address critical environmental challenges, which will be conveyed to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) set to meet in July 2016 in New York, US.

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CIFOR Presents Research Findings on REDD+ Performance, Results-Based Payments, Adaptation-Mitigation Synergies in Land Sector [viewed]

CIFORMay 2016: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium has shared research findings on REDD+ performance at different scales, as well as mechanisms for benefit-sharing, multi-level governance and land-use incentives. The Center has also circulated briefs on results-based payments for REDD+ and on adaptation-mitigation synergies in the land sector.

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US, Nordic Countries Pledge to Ratify Paris Agreement, Protect the Arctic [viewed]

us_nordic_countries13 May 2016: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the US have released a joint statement pledging enhanced cooperation on climate, energy and the Arctic, as well as on economic growth and global development.

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Event: INQUIMUS 2016 Workshop: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Risk and Vulnerability [viewed]

Third in a series of INQUIMUS (Latin for 'we say') workshops on integrating quantitative and qualitative assessment methodologies for multi-dimensional phenomena, which aim to identify common achievements and methodological challenges, the 2016 workshop will focus on scenarios relevant for the assessment of risks and vulnerabilities in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). The workshop is organized by the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria, and the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), Italy, in collaboration with the UN University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI) at the University of South Carolina, US.  

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Adaptation Conference Emphasizes Resilience, Financial Inclusion, Links with Development [viewed]

adaptation_futures201613 May 2016: Adaptation Futures 2016, the fourth biennial worldwide conference on climate change adaptation, advanced climate change adaptation issues along a range of themes, including: cities and infrastructure; food, forestry and rural livelihoods; fresh water availability and access; public health; ecosystems and ecosystem-based adaptation; disaster risk reduction (DRR); the Arctic; risk assessment, adaptation planning and evaluation; institutions and governance; and finance, investment and business. The Conference aimed to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting public, commercial and policy solutions across sectors, borders and communities.

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Event: Scoping Meeting for IPCC Special Report on Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C Above Pre-Industrial Levels [viewed]

The scoping meeting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission pathways is expected to result in a draft scoping paper that: describes the report's objectives; included an annotated outline of the report; and layout out the process and timeline for its preparation. IPCC 44 in October will review the paper and decide on further IPCC work on the report. The report will integrate information and perspectives from all the three IPCC Working Groups. The 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) to the UNFCCC, in its decision on the adoption of the Paris Agreement, invited the IPCC to provide such a report in 2018. IPCC 43 in April 2016 accepted the invitation to provide such a report in the context of strengthening the global response to climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. In addition, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) invited the IPCC, when elaborating the report, to include consideration of the impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and of the contribution of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and of ecosystem restoration, to efforts to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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