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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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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March 2014 Update on Emissions from Aviation and Maritime Transport [viewed]

ICAO-IMO24 March 2014: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have both taken up issues related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport. This update provides an overview of recent progress made by these two organizations on this topic, and outlines issues to be addressed at future meetings.

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WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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UNFCCC Publishes Brazil's Submission on CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Projects [viewed]

UNFCCC24 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published Brazil's submission of its views on the implications of a possible revision of the eligibility of lands as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) afforestation and reforestation projects during the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/MISC.1).

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WMO Engages Youth on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March, under the theme 'Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth.' During an official ceremony held to mark the Day in Geneva, Switzerland, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud called on youth to use their "innovative spirit, fresh insights, and courage" to tackle climate change.

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