Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Policy Update #28: National Reporting under the International Climate Regime: Towards Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

Critical for the post-2015 development agenda, the year 2015 saw the adoption of four key agreements. Resolution A/RES/70/1, titled 'Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda was adopted by the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, and some of its elements were incorporated into the 2030 Agenda as well. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted in March by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Closing out the year, the Paris Agreement was adopted by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Civil Society Highlights Areas for Action on SDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: Commenting on the development of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns about the process, neutrality of statistics, and socially stratified data collection. A coalition of European NGOs urges the European Commission (EC) to maintain a high level of ambition on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) invites comments on its 'SDG Index,' and others address climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Financial Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, and the role of the private sector.

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IPCC Discusses Strengthening Communication of its Products [viewed]

IPCC11 February 2016: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held an Expert Meeting on Communication, which aimed to: strengthen communications as it begins work on its next cycle of reports; develop recommendations to present to the Panel to ensure IPCC reports are more readable, accessible and policy-relevant; and consider how the IPCC can work more effectively with external stakeholders, such as research institutions, NGOs and the media to strengthen their communications on the IPCC and climate science.

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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Canada, Mexico and US Collaborate on Climate Change and Energy [viewed]

canada_mexico_unitedsates12 February 2016: Canada, Mexico and the US have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration, which sets out six areas of cooperation and information-sharing among the three countries. The energy ministers of the three countries also launched an online platform for the purpose of providing easy access to relevant North American data from a single website.

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ICAO CAEP Recommends Emissions Standards, Lays Groundwork for Market-Based Measure [viewed]

Icao12 February 2016: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) has concluded its 10th meeting, having made progress toward a carbon dioxide (CO2) standard, a market-based measure (MBM), sustainable alternative fuels and aircraft noise, among others. At the end of the two-week meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited ICAO, asking the agency to focus on its "role in implementing the two landmark achievements of 2015," namely the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

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Working Group Makes Progress on Disaster Risk Reduction Indicators [viewed]

UNISDR11 February 2016: Government representatives and disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners met to continue work on developing a set of indicators to measure progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR to ensure its goals are being met up to 2030. To assess progress in meeting the goals, countries working to come up with a common understanding of what they are measuring regarding both the scale of the problems faced and the impact of DRR efforts.

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UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015 [viewed]

2015_disasters_numbers11 February 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Catholic University of Louvain Brussels, Belgium, and the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) have released an infographic on disaster trends showing that 2015, which was the hottest year on record, confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR, said the analysis reaffirms the key role of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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PARCC Project Links Climate Assessments and Biodiversity Protection in West Africa [viewed]

unepwcmc_parcc_iucn_gef9 February 2016: An end-of-project workshop for partners of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) explored how to use the results of new regional climate projections and in-depth vulnerability assessments to improve the management of protected areas in West Africa. The meeting took place in Banjul, The Gambia, from 24-29 January 2016.

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Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential [viewed]

plant_biotechnology_journal10 February 2016: Researchers from Bioversity International and other research institutions have discovered a mostly unexplored source of wheat diversity that could offer valuable traits for improving resilience of wheat production to the impacts of climate change.

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