Northern America

US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

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Event: ICAO State Action Plan Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) Region [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) State Action Plan Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) region will provide national action plan focal points with information on how to develop and update State action plans, with a focus on data collection and mitigation measures undertaken by States. This event is reserved only for national focal points that have been nominated by their respective State.  

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US Outlines Views on 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

USA FlagFebruary 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the US submission on elements of the 2015 agreement, in which the US indicates its support for more ambitious efforts by a broad range of countries and the application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and capabilities (CBDR/RC), but not for a "bifurcated approach to the new agreement," in reference to groupings decided in 1992.

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UNECE and FAO Pledge Continued Cooperation on Forests [viewed]

FAO UNECE6 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to forests through the adoption of the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests.

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Event: World Weather Open Science Conference 2014 [viewed]

The World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC2014): The Weather: What's the Outlook, which is convening for the first time ever, will bring together the weather science and user communities under the overarching theme ‘Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: from minutes to months'. WWOSC2014 will examine the “frontiers of knowledge,” and outline new scientific goals and challenges. The Conference will feature special sessions on high-impact weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, cold snaps and floods. The Conference's two streams – the Science Program and the User, Application and Social Science Program – will meet in joint plenary and special sessions. The Science Program will cover basic weather research, as well research needed to establish prediction systems and assess the impacts of weather and climate events. The User Program will consider challenges and opportunities associated with communicating and employing weather information, science and services that reap social and economic benefits. The Conference is being co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science, Environment Canada, and the National Research Council, Canada.  

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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Event: 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XXXVII) and 17th Meeting of the Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP XVII) [viewed]

The 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) will convene in Brasilia, Brazil, from 28 April -7 May 2014. Agenda items include: operation of the Antarctic Treaty System (reports by Parties, Observers and Experts; general matters; matters related to the Secretariat; multi-year strategic work plan; report of the Committee for Environmental Protection; liability; safety and operations in Antarctica; tourism and non-governmental activities; inspections under the Antarctic Treaty and the Environment Protocol; science issues, scientific cooperation and facilitation; implications of climate change for management of the Antarctic Treaty Area; education issues; exchange of Information; and biological prospecting in Antarctica.  

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Event: 2nd Meeting of the Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Organized under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the 2nd meeting of the global network is expected to compare methodologies and approaches, exchange experience and promote a shared vision on how to address climate change adaptation in river basins. The meeting will include session on: advancing transboundary vulnerability assessments; collecting good practices and lessons; developing basin-wide adaptation strategies and implementing measures; ensuring implementation and financing of adaptation strategies through mainstreaming water and climate change perspectives into river basin management plans and national adaptation activities; and continuing the platform for exchanging experiences.  

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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Event: Workshop on The Future of Social Housing: Environmental and Social Challenges [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN-HABITAT, in cooperation the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS), will hold a workshop exploring the future of social housing in UNECE member states. The second day of the event will focus on environmental sustainability issues of social housing, including energy efficiency, resource efficiency, climate neutrality and "green social housing." Case studies will be examined from Sweden, Trento, Italy and Quebec, Canada.  

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