Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Programme to Build DRR in Sub-Saharan Africa Announced at Margins of FfD3 [viewed]

UNISDR14 July 2015: An €80-million funding package has been unveiled to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities' programme was announced on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The European Union is helping to fund the programme, while the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the partners that will help to implement it.

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UNEP, CIFOR Publications Focus on REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

forests_ecosystemsJuly 2015: A report undertaken by the Tanzania Forest Services, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the UN-REDD Programme, provides an economic rationale for Tanzania to invest in more sustainable use and conservation of its forest assets. Tanzania is the also focus of a publication by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which outlines the rules and choices to be addressed by participatory countries in REDD+ activities and shows potential technical problems and related options.

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UNESCO, USP Partner on Loss and Damage from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

unesco_usp30 June 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement to implement the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor-Leste, among others.

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African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Discuss COP 21 Position [viewed]

uneca-gcca1 July 2015: UNFCCC Parties from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered for a Joint Policy Discussion geared toward finding a common position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), scheduled to take place in November-December 2015, in Paris, France. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), co-host of the Discussion with the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), participants unanimously expressed concern about the difficulty of adaptation in the current state of climate politics and finance.

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Event: Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward [viewed]

The Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will hold a Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward. The three-day workshop is organized into several panel and discussion sessions, and will address, among other topics: current weather and climate forecasts and projection capacity for heat events; public health decisions across time scales; state of knowledge of heat exposure parameters and health outcomes across time scales; informing the development of a National Integrated Heat Health Early Warning; stakeholder engagement and communication; and strategic planning for integrated information systems. The workshop is supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).  

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CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action [viewed]

our_common_future10 July 2015: The 'Our Common Future under Climate Change' international science conference (CFCC15) attracted almost 2,000 academics from close to 100 countries, the largest gathering of the scientific community in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. According to the outcome statement of the CFCC15, "2015 is a critical year for progress. The window for economically feasible solutions [to climate change] with a reasonable prospect of holding warming to 2°C or less is rapidly closing."

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BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation [viewed]

brics9 July 2015: At its seventh annual summit, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) announced the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy through 2020, which aims to strengthen ties in energy, high technology, agriculture, science and education. The BRICS also adopted the New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement, with a total capacity of US$200 billion.

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Climate Summit of the Americas Issues Climate Action Statement [viewed]

iisd_climate_summit9 July 2015: The Climate Summit of the Americas has issued the first-ever Pan-American Climate Action Statement leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The Government of Ontario convened over 300 government, business and civil society leaders to foster and strengthen partnerships among jurisdictions for global climate action, and build motivation and support for carbon pricing.

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IEA Presents Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Roadmap [viewed]

IEA30 June 2015: A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) examining the potential of hydrogen in the global energy mix stresses its usefulness as an energy carrier that allows for low-carbon energy to be stored, including in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The report estimates that a 25% share of FCEVs in global road transport by 2050 can contribute up to 10% of the cumulative transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions required for moving from a 6°C average global temperature rise scenario (an extension of current trends) to a 2°C scenario.

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Event: International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 edition of the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2015) will be held under the theme 'Solutions for Change: Forging Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships towards 2030'. The two-day Forum will focus on creating cross-sectoral and multi-level partnerships to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate change targets as one overarching goal. Plenary sessions will consider the development of the goals and targets for adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and for a 2015 climate change agreement, including ways to bridge the two processes. Parallel sessions will cover a range of related topics, from technology transfer and international scientific cooperation to waste management and the role of cities. The event is being co-organized by the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).  

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