Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Chile Submits Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCCDecember 2014: Chile is the first county in the Latin America and Caribbean region and the fourth country in the world to have submitted its first biennial update report (BUR) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It did so during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. To date, 10 non-Annex I countries have submitted BURs to the UNFCCC.

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ECOSOC Hosts 2015 Youth Forum [viewed]

ECOSOC3 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) hosted a group of youth representatives to discuss youth activism and engagement with the UN in the year ahead. The Forum allowed young people from around the world to learn about UN processes on development, climate, and other issues, and share their views and proposals with UN and government leaders.

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ECLAC Releases Annual Statistical Yearbook on the Region [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo2 February 2015: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2014. The annual Yearbook provides a statistical overview of the social, economic and environmental development processes in the region, to support comparative analysis of Latin American and Caribbean countries using statistical data.

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Event: 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management [viewed]

Organized under the theme, 'Information Systems for Crisis Management in a Complex and Uncertain World,' the 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2015) will focus on technologies, procedures, approaches, methods and tools that can be employed to improve crisis response in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. The conference will feature an EU Project Symposium that will provide participants an opportunity to build ties for future collaboration across Europe and beyond.  

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WMO: 2014 Hottest Year on Record, Warming Trend Continues [viewed]

WMO2 February 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has ranked 2014 as the hottest year on record, noting this is part of a continuing trend. After consolidating a number of international datasets, the WMO's analysis emphasizes that the difference in temperature between the warmest years is only a few hundredths of a degree, within the error margin of global temperature measurements.

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Scientists Call for Evidence-based DRR at Core of Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNISDR30 January 2015: Scientists have called on governments to put evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) at the center of their sustainable development strategies, in the lead-up to the Third UN World Conference on DRR in March 2015.

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Event: CGRFA 16 [viewed]

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

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Event: Webinar on Increasing Awareness of Soil Biodiversity and Carbon [viewed]

This webinar, titled “Learning from wetlands – the case for dry soils,” is being convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Wetlands International. It aims to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and scientific issues related to reducing emissions from soil carbon based on lessons learned from peatlands and other wetlands. The webinar will address topics, such as: building scientific knowledge on soil carbon; establishing policy and regulatory frameworks; and implementing projects and programmes for reducing emissions. The webinar is targeted towards Focal Points, national biodiversity managers, sustainable land management (SLM) experts and other technical specialists in Africa. Outcomes include the identification of priority actions to enhance the consideration of soil biodiversity and carbon for implementing the CBD. Those who are interested should register before 6 February 2015.  

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Event: 26th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly [viewed]

The 26th general assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) will take place from 22 June to 2 July in Prague, the Czech Republic, under the theme 'Earth and Environmental Sciences for Future Generations.' Held every four years, the scientific programme of IUGG general assembly in 2015 will include lectures and presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, business meetings and field trips.  

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Event: 17th Session of the WMO Congress [viewed]

The 17th session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congress will be held from 25 May to 12 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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