Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making [viewed]

global-sustainable-development1 July 2015: The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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East African Parliamentarians Join Forces to Reduce Disaster Risk [viewed]

unisdr-wb-uganda26 June 2015: Parliamentarians from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have joined in an effort to reduce the impacts caused by natural threats, epidemics and manmade hazards, by setting up a mechanism that aims to boost governance to reduce disaster risk and reinforce the capacity of populations to build sustainable livelihoods. The East African Disaster Risk Reduction Parliamentarian Platform was established during a June 2015 meeting, organized by the Government of Uganda with support from the World Bank and in collaboration with the Uganda Parliamentarian Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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WMO Maps Out Future Weather Science Research [viewed]

WMO30 June 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a publication that provides a consolidated roadmap for future weather research in order to foster the science required to reduce the vulnerability of society to high-impact weather. The publication, ‘Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: From Minutes to Months,' synthesizes discussions and outcomes of the World Weather Open Science Conference held in Montreal, Canada, in August 2014. For the first time ever, the Conference brought together the weather science and user communities to review the most recent developments in the field and map out the future scientific frontiers.

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Living in a Changing Climate: EEA Reports [viewed]

EEA30 June 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its Signals 2015 report titled 'Living in a changing climate' focusing on: current and future climate change impacts in Europe; the main sectors contributing to climate change; and the EU's mitigation and adaptation efforts, particularly in relation to investments, soil, oceans and food production.

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EU, China Adopt Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

eu-china29 June 2015: At the 17th bilateral summit between the EU and China, the two parties adopted a joint statement on climate change, recognizing it as "one of the greatest threats facing humanity" and agreeing to elevate climate change cooperation in their bilateral relations. The summit, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, concluded with the adoption of a summit declaration that acknowledges the critical role the two sides must play in addressing climate change.

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Event: First Annual Forests and Livelihood: Assessment, Research and Engagement (FLARE) Network Conference [viewed]

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network, the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and the Musée de l'Homme Research Group on Social and Natural Evolution are convening this workshop to improve the assessment of forest governance approaches as a contribution to improved forest livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The workshop will consider six themes: forest governance and landscapes, agricultural commodities, social and biological aspects of forest dependence, impact evaluations, pathways to prosperity, and climate variability and change.  

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Event: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption [viewed]

With a focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation," the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015) will aim to: provide researchers, civil society and firms from around the world an opportunity to present their work on adaptation; foster the exchange of information, good practice, ideas, experiences and successes acquired in executing adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches derived from case studies and projects; and provide an opportunity for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation. It will also document and disseminate the existing body of knowledge and experiences on climate change through a book titled 'Innovative Approaches to Implement Climate Change Adaptation' and through a special issue of 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'. Among the event's organizers are the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the UN University (UNU) Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).  

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance Releases New Energy Outlook 2015 [viewed]

bloombergnewenergyfinance23 June 2015: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has published its New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2015, which is a long-term forecast of the global energy sector. BNEF emphasizes five "seismic shifts" projected in the electricity sector over the next 25 years, based on analysis of expected demand, costs of generation and structural changes to the electricity system. The authors predict $12.2 trillion will be invested in global power generation through 2040, with 78% invested in emerging markets and 66.7% in renewables.

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Event: 2015 Regional Forum on Climate Change [viewed]

The Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC), under the theme 'Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy,' will strive to build a common understanding of the issues that will face negotiators at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015. Participants will work toward formulating implementable policies to combat the scientific realities of climate change. RFCC is being organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU.  

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African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report [viewed]

AfDB9 June 2015: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the first report, titled ‘Payment for Environmental Services: A promising tool for natural resources management in Africa,' of an AfDB-Climate Investment Funds (CIF) knowledge series that will gather and share initial lessons in implementing and financing green and inclusive growth projects in Africa.

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