Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Post-2015 Development Agenda21 January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015.

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US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy [viewed]

india.us25 January 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have announced joint measures to boost clean energy in India and international climate action. The two sides announced their plan to cooperate together and with other countries over the next year to conclude an “ambitious” climate agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR [viewed]

Unitar13 January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks.

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OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

OECD_NEW2 December 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Environment Working Paper, titled ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation: Methodological Approaches,' which examines methodological approaches that can be used for monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation initiatives at the project and programme level.

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