Capacity Building & Education

Former New York City Mayor Appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

blooberg-ban31 January 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, with the aim of raising political will and mobilizing action among cities as part of the Secretary-General's long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change. 

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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SLoCaT Partnership Annual Meeting Approves Work Programme, Formalizes Secretariat [viewed]

slocat13 January 2014: The Partnership on Low Carbon Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT) held its 2014 Annual Meeting, which addressed the formalization of the organization, the SLoCaT 2013 Report, and the 2014 work programme and budget. Members agreed to formalize the organization by incorporating the Partnership's Secretariat as an independent legal entity by mid-2014.

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January 2014 Global Water Partnership Update [viewed]

GWP Global logotypeJanuary 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is engaging in a number of activities as the year begins and has reported on a number of meetings that were held at the end of 2013 at the regional and national levels. The GWP Central Asia and Caucasus (CACENA) and GWP West Africa (AO) Regional Council convened in late 2013 to approve activities for 2014, and national activities took place in Ukraine and Burkina Faso, among other actions.

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UNEP Announces Call for Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

UNEP29 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a call for nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award. The Award seeks to honor visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment.

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World Bank, Canada Launch Caribbean Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

ccic27 January 2014: A new center has been created with support from the Government of Canada and the World Bank to help small and medium-sized enterprises in the Caribbean region to develop locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. One of eight such centers around the world, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) aims to leverage programmes, activities, financing and its network of partners and stakeholders to solve climate, energy and resource challenges and support economic development through job creation in the region.

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World Economic Forum Focuses on Climate Change, Post-2015 [viewed]

World Economic Forum25 January 2014: The 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.' Many speeches, events and presentations throughout the meeting centered on the impacts of climate change and global poverty, while participants looked forward to an ambitious post-2015 development agenda to address many of these challenges. 

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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UNDP, Sweden Release Video on Climate Finance Management [viewed]

undp-sweden21 January 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific and the Government of Sweden released a video on managing climate finance effectively. The video provides guidelines on how countries can prepare for climate change and manage development by ensuring appropriate national budget allocations.

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IRENA Holds First Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

irena-energy-jobs21 January 2014: The Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place in connection with the World Future Energy Summit. The Conference discussed how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years.

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