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Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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Guest Article #137: Mobilising 100 Financial Institutions for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

This month's COP 21 in Paris concluded with a universal agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to aim to further reduce it to below 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, the world needs to shift to carbon neutral economies within this century – with a downward carbon trend required well before 2050.

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UNEP DTU Provides Guidance in NAMA Prioritization [viewed]

unep-dtu21 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has released a publication aimed at helping national stakeholders in the nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) prioritization process. Titled 'Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Developing a Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Process for Prioritization of NAMAs,' the publication presents MCDA as a tool to help policymakers rank or short-list NAMA options.

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Global Soil Partnership Outlines Mitigation Potential of Soil Organic Carbon [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)15 December 2015: The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a briefing paper on the role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in offsetting climate change. The paper reviews recent research on SOC and concludes that actions to reverse the loss of soil organic matter could be one of the most effective tools to mitigate climate change.

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Blue Carbon Counter Displays Carbon Sequestration in Real Time [viewed]

conservancy_iucn_grid16 December 2015: The Coastal Blue Carbon Counter, a real-time display that visualized the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) being sequestered by coastal ecosystems worldwide during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is now available on the Internet.

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UNEP FI, WRI, 2° Investing Initiative Report Focuses on Climate-friendly Investor Activities [viewed]

wri_unepfi_iiDecember 2015: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the 2° Investing Initiative have published a report, titled 'Climate Strategies and Metrics: Exploring Options for Institutional Investors,' which provides guidance for investors who wish to help facilitate low-carbon change.

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UNIDO, GEF Provide Mitigation Training to CIS Experts [viewed]

GEF UNIDO7 December 2015: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop to train experts from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to develop programmes for climate-change mitigation. Approximately 40 participants from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine received training in building programmes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to promote the uptake of clean technologies and other mitigation actions.

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HDR 2015 Calls for Broader Concept of Work [viewed]

hdr14 December 2015: Achieving sustainable development will mean changes for the global workforce, according to the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) report, which focuses on the theme 'Work for Human Development.' The report recommends a broad view of work that includes creative, unpaid care and voluntary work, in order to harness benefits for sustainable development.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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