Regional Climate Centre for Caribbean Launched [viewed]

WMOusaid27 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean aimed at helping the Eastern Caribbean improve its ability to understand and predict current and future climate-related issues and build capacity for adaptation.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Greenland, Underscores Climate Impacts [viewed]

United Nations26 March 2014: On a visit to Uummannaq, Greenland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed firsthand the consequences of climate change. Accompanied by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and Premier Aleqa Hammond of Greenland, Ban expressed his alarm at how quickly the ice sheets covering Greenland have been melting.

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FOREST EUROPE Reports on Forest and Water Meeting [viewed]

iufro-forest-fao-icraf26 March 2014: FOREST EUROPE has reported on the outcomes of the workshop ‘Forests and Water: From Research to Application,' which discussed the relationship between water and forests, and the future of international agreements on these issues.

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EU, US Call for Ambitious Mitigation Contributions from Major Emitters [viewed]

usa-eu-flag26 March 2014: The EU and the US held a Summit in Brussels, Belgium, which concluded with the adoption of a joint statement emphasizing the two countries' "strong partnership." In the statement, the US and the EU call on major economies and significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters to make ambitious mitigation contributions in the 2015 agreement to be adopted in Paris.

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UNSG Outlines Climate Summit Programme [viewed]

climate-summit201426 March 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that his Climate Summit 2014 will include: a plenary for national announcements of ambition and action; action platforms for announcements by government, finance, business and civil society leaders; thematic sessions for sharing innovative practices and policy solutions; and an outreach and engagement platform.

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North-East Asia Experts Discuss Disaster Loss [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP26 March 2014: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) authorities, gathering at the Expert Meeting on Disaster Loss and DRR Technology Sharing for North-East Asia, highlighted disaster management advances in the region under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and underscored their resolve for further improvement.

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WHO Estimates One in Eight Deaths Relates to Air Pollution [viewed]

WHO25 March 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released an updated set of estimates on the burden of disease from air pollution. The data show that the combined effects of household and ambient air pollution were responsible for seven million deaths worldwide in 2012.

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ICRAF Notes Outcomes of First International Conference on Agroforestry [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)24 March 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced the outcomes of the first International Agroforestry Conference, which was convened on the theme, ‘Agroforestry: Greening and feeding the nations in the 21st century.'

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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Event: MRV GHG Emissions Under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms [viewed]

The World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are hosting a conference titled 'Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying GHG Emissions under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms'. Taking place between the Carbon Expo 2014 and the June meeting of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Bodies, the event will present analysis of sub-national, national, and sector-based greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting frameworks. Questions to be addressed include: what are the costs associated with MRV requirements; are there incentives to reduce uncertainty; is there a trade-off between uncertainty and costs for reporting entities; and how can MRV procedures be improved. Presenters will also consider how to create a "credible, consistent and compatible MRV infrastructure across the world to support global mitigation action".  

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