Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO South West Pacific Meeting Addresses Strengthened Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

WMO8 May 2014: During the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association for the South West Pacific session, meteorologists discussed how to strengthen weather and climate services in a region that is particularly vulnerable to heatwaves, drought, tropical cyclones and flash floods, as well as rising sea levels caused by climate change. 

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CCXG Forum Discusses Climate Finance, 2015 Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWMarch 2014: A group of country delegates and experts, known as the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG), held its Global Forum for exchanging information on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The Forum provided a platform for an informal dialogue among countries on climate financing, creating a durable and flexible agreement in 2015, and accounting.

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Event: 13th Meeting of the CGE [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UNFCCC will hold its 13th meeting from 11-12 September 2014.  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will meet in Bonn, Germany, from 16-18 June 2014. During the meeting the SCF will be invited to consider: a working draft of the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows (BA); the draft technical paper on the fifth review of the financial mechanism; approaches to financing for forests; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; and its work plan for MRV of support beyond the BA. The SCF will also be invited to recommend next steps for linkages work with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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UNFCCC Publishes Draft Guidelines on GHG Inventories Review [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report summarizing discussions held during a technical workshop on draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.9).

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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UNFCCC Releases Draft Training Programme for NC and BR Review Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a draft training programme for review experts for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) by Annex I parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.12), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40).

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UNFCCC Reports Efficiency Gains for 2012-2013 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on efficiency gains made during the biennium 2012–2013 (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.4), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40). The document summarizes measures taken by the Secretariat to improve efficiency in a sustainable manner, describes the delivery of relevant outputs, and provides examples of specific efficiency gains, including cost savings and costs avoided.

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