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4 August 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Department of Field Support (DFS) have been awarded UN 21 Awards for Climate Neutrality. The annual UN 21 Awards recognize outstanding initiatives by UN teams or staff to improve the delivery of the UN's programmes and promotion of UN values.
3 August 2011: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has announced the launch of SIDS DOCK, an international organization intended to catalyze sustainable energy projects in small island developing States (SIDS).
3 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the results of a two-year effort to support farmers in Togo. The FAO, with funds from the EU, provided support for 20,000 Togolese farmers to respond to floods and food price increases occurring in 2007 and 2008.
2 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) announced the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11), titled "Revealing Risk, Redefining Development."
Participation in the seventh UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting is by invitation only. Registration will close on 24 August 2011.
The Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo will focus on reforming Nigerian power and is taking place via a partnership with Nigerian's Energy Commission, Renewable energy programme of the Ministry of Environment, Presidential Action Committee on Power (PACP), as well as REEEP, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and others. The event will bring together renewable energy power professionals, government and civil society representatives, as well as over 200 exhibiting companies from all over the world. It aims to: create a platform for all stakeholders to network and transfer knowledge and skills; raise awareness and educate the public about climate change in Nigeria and the world; showcase both local and international initiatives and technologies that are at the forefront of renewable energy and climate change resilience; mobilize Nigerians across all sectors to act on climate change in all aspects of their lives; and create a platform for business, government and NGOs to showcase alternative energy solutions and climate change initiatives and technologies.
This meeting is the fourth of seven planned regional consultations to be convened by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) regarding the development of sustainability principles for the insurance industry. It is envisaged that once finalized, the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance will serve as a global framework for insurance companies to better manage environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities in their core business strategies and operations.
This workshop, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, the World Bank and Conservation International, aims to raise awareness and build capacity for banks to identify and manage water risks related to lending in water scarce areas and/or water-intensive sectors.
Event: WMO Regional Association VI Conference on Social and Economic Benefits of Weather, Climate and Water Services [viewed]
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing this meeting in conjunction with MeteoSwiss and the Government of Switzerland. The meeting aims to promote and stimulate socio-economic assessments and studies among the Regional Association (RA) Members. It will provide a forum for discussing the outcomes of recent studies carried out by different Members and reviewing related methodologies. It is expected that the Conference will provide material for the development of regional guidelines on the subject with an outline of good practices, in order to build the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the region for conducting socio-economic analyses and studies.