Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Kampala Declaration Stresses Cross-Regional Cooperation on Climate Services [viewed]

WMO23 April 2015: During a Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, farmers and experts adopted the Kampala Declaration on promoting cross-regional cooperation on sharing and using knowledge on climate products and services. The Declaration came about because of the increased recognition that significant progress has been made in weather and climate forecasting through improved data availability and advances in numerical modeling.

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Event: Climate Vulnerable Forum Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) regional meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 7-8 May 2015. Hosted by Ethiopia, with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the two-day meeting will gather government policymakers from a wide range of African countries. The meeting aims to identify and promote headline climate change policy priorities for vulnerable developing countries of the region.  

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UN Launches ‘Data for Climate Action' Initiative [viewed]

data_for_climate_action22 April 2015: To strengthen climate change resilience, the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team (CCST) and UN Global Pulse are launching an open innovation challenge to demonstrate novel ways of understanding the impacts of climate change. The challenge encourages private sector companies worldwide to share large, anonymized datasets related to company operations, supply chains or consumer behavior, which can be used to spur innovation in adaptation.

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WMO Hurricane Committee Prepares for Upcoming Season [viewed]

WMO18 April 2015: The 37th session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hurricane Committee met to: review the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins; prepare for the upcoming hurricane season; and improve warning systems for hazards, such as storm surges and coastal flooding.

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CARIAA Updates on Adaptation Projects in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has provided an update on a common research programme on climate change adaptation that is carried out by four consortia. The four consortia are: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR); Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA); Himalayan Adaptation, Water, and Resilience (HI-AWARE); and Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE).

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Event: Ninth Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) [viewed]

CBA9 will take place under the theme 'Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation,' with sessions on, inter alia: measuring, linking and learning about adaptation effectiveness across scales; climate information services for effective adaptation; gender and vulnerable groups; indigenous knowledge, culture and adaptation; tools and techniques for measuring effective adaptation and resilience; evaluating ecosystem-based adaptation effectiveness; and estimating loss and damage. Other events include short films, a 'Fun Adaptation Finance Night' and a field trip on 24-25 April 2015. Hosted by the Government of Kenya, the conference is being organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS).  

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 [viewed]

EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organizations, NGOs, businesses and private consumers to share best practices and ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy. The week will consist of: the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards in the categories of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cities, communities and regions; Sustainable Energy Days throughout June; and the 2015 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference from 16-18 June. The Policy Conference will bring together energy experts, policymakers, civil society representatives and the members of the media. Sessions will cover, inter alia, public-private partnerships as a tool to accelerate energy innovation; an energy efficiency investment framework; the potential of the building and heating and cooling sectors; and women in renewable energy.  

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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