Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Sixth IUCN World Parks Congress Opens [viewed]

logo_wpc201412 November 2014: The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) opened on 12 November, in Sydney, Australia, with a ceremony that transitioned the role of Congress host from South Africa to Australia. The eight-day event is expected to attract 5,000 participants from more than 160 countries, and culminate in the ‘Promise of Sydney Vision,' a document highlighting the importance of protected areas (PAs), listing promises made during the WPC, and proposing steps for its fulfillment.

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Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6910 November 2014: UN Member States convened for the second informal meeting of the plenary on the organization and modalities of intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The co-facilitators – David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya – expect to issue a “starting document” by the week of 17 November, covering the process, road map, and scope of work for intergovernmental negotiations.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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WMO Highlights Women's Role in Building Resilience [viewed]

WMO7 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened a conference aimed to ensure that: weather and climate services consider the special needs and strengths of women in order to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate change; and realize their potential as champions of community resilience.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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IRENA Invites 'Energy Enthusiasts' to Join Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network [viewed]

IRENA5 November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has issued a call for individuals interested in renewable energy to join its ‘Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network.' The network will support the upcoming release of IRENA's ‘Global Atlas 2.0,' and participants will have the opportunity to be the first public users to test the new Atlas.

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UNFCCC Reports on GHG Inventory Reviews [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2014: In preparation for the 41st session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the UNFCCC Secretariat has published: an annual report on the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/
INF.17); and an annual report on the technical review of GHG inventories and other information reported by UNFCCC Annex I Parties that are also Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/
INF.18).

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Event: Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change: Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use [viewed]

FAO, IPCC and IFAD are jointly organizing this expert meeting, which will take place in Rome, Italy, at FAO headquarters, on 13-14 November 2014. Participants will gather as a follow-up to a 2009 joint FAO-IPCC-IFAD event. The 2014 expert meeting is meant to serve both as a reflection of progress made since 2009 and as an opportunity to build on lessons learned and to address emerging needs in the area of improved forest and rural statistics, for use not only in national GHG inventory and mitigation, but also for rural development in general. In this regard, experts will discuss the new data and tools developed by FAO, such as FAOSTAT Emissions Database and new guidelines on mitigation. The event will address the urgent need to conduct analyses, identify actions and implement activities for both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change.  

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UNFCCC Outlines Training Programme for Review Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC5 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing a draft training programme for review experts for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by Annex I Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.19).

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UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme Meeting Focuses on MRV [viewed]

LECBP4 November 2014: The 4th annual Global Meeting of the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme focused on measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of mitigation actions. Over three days, more than 70 participants discussed and learned on related topics, including best practices, intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), national approaches, tools, resources and design.

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