UN Programme, Agency or Fund

CGRFA 13 Adopts Elements for a Roadmap on Climate Change and Genetic Resources [viewed]

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed on a list of elements for a roadmap or work programme to take action on the roles and values of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) in terms of achieving food and nutritional security and enabling countries to plan and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies in the context of climate change and anticipated impacts of climate change on food and agricultural production now and in the future.

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WIPO Holds Conference on Innovation and Climate Change [viewed]

13 July 2011: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has hosted a conference on the role of innovation and technology in the development and diffusion of green technologies to provide solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

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UN CC:Learn Considers Selection of Countries for Pilot Projects [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Steering Group of the One UN Training Service Platform for Climate Change (UN CC:Learn) recently selected three countries from among the 25 countries that expressed an interest in the UN CC:Learn's Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change, which aim to help countries take a strategic, long-term and results-oriented approach to climate change learning. The Group's decision in this regard will be released soon.

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St. Kitts and Nevis to Join UNESCO IOC [viewed]

21 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that St. Kitts and Nevis intends to become a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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World Bank Hosts High-Level Event on Low Emissions Development [viewed]

World Bank13 July 2011: The World Bank invited senior policy makers and opinion leaders from around the world to a High-Level Dialogue on Low Emissions Development Policy Implementation. During the day-long event, speakers identified poverty and climate change are the two defining challenges of this century, warning against the risk of reversing any gains on poverty if climate change is not addressed.

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Event: UN Private Sector Forum: Access to Energy For All [viewed]

This high-level forum is being organized by the UN Global Compact, UN-Energy and other UN Agencies, funds and programmes, and will focus on the theme of Sustainable Energy for All. The forum will bring together Heads of State attending the UN General Assembly and over 300 CEOs of leading companies in the sector. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Private Sector Forum will feature high-level roundtable discussions among business, government, civil society and UN leaders. It is designed to maximize interaction, increase understanding of efforts underway, and generate a range of commitments to action around the Sustainable Energy for All goals.  

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UNESCO to Launch Course on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will launch a Teacher Education Course on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) in late 2011. The course is being developed for UNESCO by professors at Sustainability Frontiers, an international alliance of sustainability and global educators.

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Rock Festival Cooperates with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Finland [viewed]

13 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland, is cooperating on sustainable development with the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve by compensating for its carbon footprint and protecting a rare, endangered lizard.

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Event: Climate Change Diplomacy e-Learning Course [viewed]

This e-learning course on Climate Change Diplomacy has been developed by the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The course aims to provide the necessary training to facilitate participation in climate change-related international negotiations, public sector work and diplomatic engagement through the provision of enhanced understanding of the science of climate change, its international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to reaching a post-2012 agreement. The course will last for 8 weeks, from 12 September-15 November 2011.  

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