Capacity Building & Education

Guest Article #125: Promoting Climate Resilience in the Greater Mekong Subregion: The Role of the GMS Core Environment Program [viewed]

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) comprises Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces of the People's Republic of China. Connected by the Mekong River, the subregion covers 2.6 million square kilometers and has a combined population of about 332 million. The GMS has been one of the fastest growing regions in the world, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging over 9.5% annually between 2000 and 2009.

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Pope Francis, Holy See Advocate Action on Climate Change [viewed]

vatican-flag20 January 2015: The Holy See has published online the message of Pope Francis to the high-level segment of the Lima Climate Change Conference. In the statement, dated 27 November 2014, the Pope stresses the critical importance of the December 2014 negotiations and their impact on humanity, especially the poor and future generations. Referring to the work of the parties to the UNFCCC, he calls for this "ethical and moral responsibility" to be approached with an "open and generous spirit."

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Thailand Submits NAMA [viewed]

Thailand Flag19 January 2015: A communication from the Government of Thailand on its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) explains that the country will voluntarily attempt to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the energy and transportation sectors by 7-20% below business-as-usual (BAU) levels by 2020.

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WCRP Launches Polar Challenge [viewed]

WCRPlogo16 January 2015: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the Arctic or Antarctic sea-ice. The challenge will address under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It aims to stimulate the development of a monitoring tool for the Polar regions and expand scientific research capabilities and climate services.

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African Youth Commit to DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 January 2015: African youth leaders are taking action to ensure their communities are better informed and prepared to reduce disaster risks. Seven youth leaders participated in a disaster risk reduction (DRR) educational voyage and training programme aboard the passenger ship of the Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which sailed from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to Cape Town, South Africa.

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Celebrities Sign onto action/2015 Campaign, Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: In a joint open letter, 31 celebrities have lent their voices to the action/2015 campaign, which calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change. The letter names 2015 as the most important year in global decision-making since the start of the new millennium, citing the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, and UN climate change conference, in September and December 2015, respectively.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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SLoCaT, BtG Evaluate Sustainable Transport at Lima Climate Change Conference [viewed]

slocat12 January 2015: According to a report by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap (BtG) initiative, progress in sustainable transport at the Lima Climate Change Conference, in December 2014, ‘limped.' The report, which monitored transport-relevant negotiating areas, concludes that the mixed results reinforce the need for the global sustainable transport community to converge on key messages and activities relating to transport and climate change in 2015.

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IRENA, Partners Launch New Version of Global Atlas for Renewable Energy [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and partners have released the second edition of the 'Global Atlas on Renewable Energy,' which includes maps for a number of renewable energy resources, and new functions and tools. The Atlas initiative aims to provide access for countries to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their renewable energy potential.

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CIAT Develops CSA Country Profiles in LAC [viewed]

CIATJanuary 2015: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed seven climate-smart agriculture (CSA) country profiles and two sub-national ones, prepared in collaboration with government ministries and agencies, as well as private sector and civil society representatives. Each profile sets a CSA baseline for the following countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Mexico and Peru.

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