Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CIFOR and Partners Provide Insights on Gender and Climate Change [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has compiled and published a series of briefs titled 'Gender and Climate Change: Evidence and Experience' seeking to address gender and climate change policy issues by drawing on the experience of contributing partner organizations, including: CIFOR, Bioversity International, CARE International, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women, the UN Development Programme and UN Environment Programme (UNDP-UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative, and the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO).

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IGAD, UNITAR, Norway Support Climate Hazards Monitoring in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

igad_unitar_norway27 January 2016: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has published a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. IGAD-ICPAC's comprehensive map includes information related to climate, flood hazard and changes in vegetation conditions.

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Event: International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

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Event: First session of the Executive Council Working Group on WMO Strategic and Operational Planning [viewed]

This meeting of the first session of the Executive Council Working Group on World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Strategic and Operational Planning (WG/SOP) is expected to address: WMO strategic and budget planning, including the WMO Monitoring and Evaluation System; the role and operation of national meteorological and hydrological services; improving WMO processes, practices and governance; the Quality Management Framework; and progress in implementing the Madrid Action Plan and preparations for the Madrid+10 Conference in 2017. The Executive Council, which the WG/SOP will report to, is the WMO's executive body, which, inter alia: meets annually; implements Congress decisions; coordinates programmes; examines use of budgetary resources; provides technical information, counsel and assistance in the WMO's fields; and acts on matters affecting international meteorology.  

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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UNISDR Conference Launches Science and Technology Partnership [viewed]

UNISDR29 January 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) convened the Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which aimed to harness the power of science and technology in implementing the Sendai Framework. The event opened with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to research climate change and its impacts.

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Global Forum Endorses Guiding Principles for Green Economy Learning [viewed]

unitar_page_oecd_green_unesco29 January 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has announced the outcomes of the First Global Forum on Green Economy Learning, including the adoption of the Paris Summary Statement on Learning for an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE). The Paris Statement outlines principles for: the meaning and value of IGE learning; increasing effectiveness and sustainability in IGE learning; promoting IGE learning at the national and local levels; and scaling up for impact.

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PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015 [viewed]

PROFORJanuary 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

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Event: 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk: Advancing the Clean Trillion [viewed]

The 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk is the first major event on climate change for investors and businesses to discuss the implications of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will explore the investment opportunities provided by the climate deal reached in Paris, with a focus on: the types of capital flows necessary to achieve the deal's goals; opportunities to expand clean energy investment in developed and developing countries; and solutions to mitigating carbon asset risks, including portfolio decarbonization and support for economic development that is less dependent on fossil fuels. The Summit aims to sustain the momentum from Paris and catalyze further actions that investors, businesses and governments can take toward a low-carbon future.

Speakers include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Former Vice President Al Gore; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan; and French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal. Ceres, the UN Foundation, and the UN Office for Partnerships are co-hosting the Summit.  

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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