Events - Wednesday, 14 November 2012

14th Session of the WMO Commission for Hydrology (CHy-14)

CHy-14 will meet in mid-November to undertake the regular business of the WMO CHy. The agenda includes: reports on the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP); decisions of the WMO Congress and Executive Council of relevance to the HWRP; the HWRP contribution to WMO priorities; quality management framework - hydrology; data operations and management; water resources assessment; flood and drought management; water and climate issues; capacity building in hydrology and water resources management; cooperation with water-related programmes of other organizations; future programme of work of the commission; and WMO strategic plan 2016-2019 and monitoring and evaluation of the HWRP.  

dates: 6-14 November 2012   venue: WMO Headquarters   location: Geneva, Switzerland  

Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

dates: 12-15 November 2012   venue: Sede Boqer campus of Ben Gurion University   location: Israel   additional: Sede Boqer  

24th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 24th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 24) is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 12-16 November 2012   location: Geneva, Switzerland  

43rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. In addition to the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council, from 13-15 November, a consultation with NGOs will take place on 12 November and the 13th meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council will convene on 15 November.  

dates: 13-15 November 2012   venue: IMF Headquarters   location: Washington, District of Columbia, US  

International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

dates: 14-15 November 2012   location: Doha, Qatar