UNITAR

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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REDD+ Academy Launches E-Course and Learning Journals [viewed]

unredd25 November 2015: The UN-REDD Programme has announced the launch of the first online version of its Academy courses and accompanying Learning Journals on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+).

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Event: First International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The first International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development will explore how public-private partnerships (PPPs) can contribute to sustainable development. The forum will focus on PPPs as tools to advance sustainable development at the local level, as impactful PPPs can be used not only for large-scale national projects, but also for smaller local-level projects. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post 2015 Development Planning, will give a keynote address. This forum will include plenary sessions on the role of PPPs in combating climate change and the specificities of PPPs at the local level, as well as technical workshops to learn about the legal and financial aspects of PPPs. It will also include a ‘Good Practices Forum,' organized with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In addition, the forum will provide the space to showcase examples of successful PPPs in the sectors of transport, energy, water supply and waste management. The Forum is being organized jointly by the Government of France, the Agglomeration of Annemasse and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with other UN agencies.  

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UN CC:Learn Launches E-tutorial on Climate Policy and Public Finance [viewed]

UN CC:LearnOctober 2015: The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) Secretariat has launched an e-tutorial meant to improve understanding of the links between climate policy and public finance. The tutorial was developed by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) based on experiences in governance of climate change finance in the Asia and Pacific Region.

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UNITAR, NAP-GSP Launch National Adaptation Planning Case Studies [viewed]

unitar_nap_gsp5 October 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Support Programme (GSP), has developed three NAP case studies to facilitate the sharing of good practices and lessons learned from developing countries' experiences of the NAP process. The case studies aim to help improve countries' access to knowledge and resources for adaptation planning and decision-making.

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UAE, UNEP FI Hold Sixth National Green Economy Conference [viewed]

uae_unep25 May 2015: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) held its sixth national Green Economy Annual Conference in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI). The Conference highlighted the UAE Government's green economy initiatives, including its national 'State of Green Economy' report, which was launched at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2015.

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UN CC:Learn Releases REDD+ Learning Guide [viewed]

Unitar13 May 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) released a resource guide on REDD+ developed with support from UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The guide is intended to facilitate access to the most relevant and recent learning and training material on REDD+.

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR [viewed]

Unitar13 January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks.

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Womens' Leadership Programme Announced during COP 20 [viewed]

elena9 December 2014: UNITAR, the WMO and the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the support of UN Women, have announced a Womens' Leadership Programme, which recognizes the role of women in addressing climate change issues and seeks to build leadership skills to ensure gender equality in weather and climate contexts.

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