Science, Assessment & Monitoring

January-February 2016 Transparency Update [viewed]

UNFCCC29 February 2016: A number of reports have been published by the UNFCCC Secretariat in accordance with the current transparency system of the UNFCCC. These include a status report on Japan's annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, two multilateral assessment (MA) summary reports, and eight summary reports on the technical analysis of the first Biennial Update Reports (BURs). In addition, several events took place, including a review period focused on Annex I Parties' Kyoto Protocol compliance and a meeting and workshop focused on capacity building for non-Annex I Parties' reporting.

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UNCCD Announces WDCD Slogan, Highlights Links to Climate Action [viewed]

???????????????????????23 February 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan for the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated on 17 June, will be ‘Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.' UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut thanked China for offering to host the global observance event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, highlighting the country's experience in “nursing degraded lands and man-made deserts back to health.”

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CIAT Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Beans in Central America [viewed]

ciat_ccafs8 February 2016: Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a study, titled 'Assessing high-impact spots of climate change: spatial yield simulations with Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model.' The study evaluates the effects of climate change on bean production in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, concluding that future climate change may threaten the production of drybeans.

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Policy Update #29: The UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning Model: A Foundation for Fulfilling Post-2015 Commitments? Part I [viewed]

Part I: Supporting Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 13.1 on Climate Change Adaptation.

One of the oft-cited successes of the UNFCCC is the climate change reporting and data collection it has spurred.

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Event: IGAD-ICPAC Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants' understanding of the different practices for flood and drought management and to familiarize with the new products of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), including a flood hazard map, live web-map and geoportal. The workshop aims to: create awareness about available tools, data and initiatives for flood and drought monitoring in the Greater Horn of Africa region developed through collaboration between IGAD and UN Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT); assess specific needs and challenges in flood and drought management in ICPAC member States; illustrate potential ways to further improve national capacities based on shared experiences among participants and organizers; identify potential interest in the integration of available country-level data into IGAD-ICPAC's flood and drought monitoring system; and collaborate with national entities to establish in-country projects.  

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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FAO Symposium Discusses Biotechnologies for Small-scale Farmers [viewed]

fao_headquarters17 February 2016: Participants to the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition, organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), concluded that agricultural biotechnologies will be essential to addressing the needs of small farmers and vulnerable populations combating hunger and adapting to climate change.

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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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