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Latest News - 25 February 2015
IPCC Session Informed of Chair's Resignation, Agenda Focuses on Panel's Future
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24_February 2015: At the opening of the 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41), delegates were informed that, effective immediately, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri had stepped down from his position. Pachauri sent a letter, dated 24 February 2015, to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informing him of his decision to resign. Pachauri noted that the IPCC needs the time and full attention of the Chair in the immediate future, and that he is unable to provide this leadership at the current time. In response and prior to the opening of IPCC 41, the IPCC Bureau agreed to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair. continued...
Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration
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20_February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators. continued...
Africa Conference Reaffirms Need for Meteorological, Hydrological Services
Read More: Africa Conference Reaffirms Need for Meteorological, Hydrological Services
18_February 2015: The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) adopted the Praia Ministerial Declaration, reaffirming the need to support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) with adequate resources and institutional frameworks. The African Ministers responsible for meteorology also endorsed plans for a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for Central Africa. continued...
GCOS, IPCC, UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Observations to Support Adaptation
Read More: GCOS, IPCC, UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Observations to Support Adaptation
12_February 2015: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held a joint workshop, titled ‘Enhancing observations to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate – Learning from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report,' which aimed to enhance systematic observations and related capacity, especially in developing countries, in light of the detection of observed impacts, exposure and vulnerability to climate change, and in support of assessing the risks of climate change and adaptation planning. continued...
Drylands Monitoring Week Establishes Network for Sustainable Management of Drylands
Read More: Drylands Monitoring Week Establishes Network for Sustainable Management of Drylands
February_2015: Participants at the Drylands Monitoring Week, which was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), saw the launch of a global assessment of land management in grassland and pastoral systems to enhance the sustainable management and restoration of drylands and developed the 'Rome Promise on Monitoring and Assessment of Drylands for Sustainable Management and Restoration.' continued...
High-Level Panel to Prepare Study on Technology Bank for LDCs
Read More: High-Level Panel to Prepare Study on Technology Bank for LDCs
18_February 2015: UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel agreed to prepare a study on the creation of a technology bank that would aim to address science, technology and innovation (STI) gaps in least developed countries (LDCs). continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
IPCC 41 Nairobi, Kenya 24 Feb - 27 Feb
High-Level Policy Dialogue on Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action on LDCs Siem Reap, Cambodia 4 Mar - 6 Mar
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9 Mar - 12 Mar
Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization Saint John's, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda 9 Mar - 13 Mar
59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women New York City, US 9 Mar - 20 Mar
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai, Miyagi, Japan 14 Mar - 18 Mar
World Water Day 2015 worldwide 22 Mar
World Meteorological Day 2015 worldwide 23 Mar
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Ninth Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board Incheon, Republic of Korea 24 Mar - 26 Mar
UNCCD CRIC 13 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 25 Mar - 27 Mar
2015 Global Forum on Development Paris, Ile-De-France, France 1 Apr
16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea New York City, US 6 Apr - 10 Apr
FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector New York City, US 8 Apr - 9 Apr
Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables Martinique 8 Apr - 9 Apr
 
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