Capacity Building & Education

World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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Sweden Pledges €7.5 million to African Climate for Development Programme [viewed]

15 June 2012: At a high level roundtable held on 25 April 2012, in Stockholm, the Swedish Government pledged €7.5 million to a fund of the Climate for Development in Africa Program (ClimDev-Africa). 

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SPC/FAO Workshop Examines Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop aimed to transfer the results of SPC's recent vulnerability assessment, titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change,” and to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize spotlights 25 local initiatives by honoring them on an international stage. The event, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will include a special musical performance by Gilberto Gil, and will take place on the sidelines fo the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Green Growth in Africa, Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) continued on 14 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in parallel with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), convening for Africa Day and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (ILCs) Day.

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UNESCO IOC Takes Stock of West African Coastal Adaptation Project [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has convened a seminar to analyze the results of a project titled Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal zones of West Africa (ACCC), discuss ways to fill gaps identified during the project, and agree on future action.

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AfDB Holds Training on Climate Change, Energy and Transport [viewed]

12 June 2012: Supported by International Development UEA and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UK), the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a staff  training course on climate change, energy and transport.

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UNFCCC Launches Facebook and Twitter Accounts for Carbon Mechanisms [viewed]

11 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched Twitter and Facebook accounts dedicated to raising awareness of the UNFCCC's carbon mechanisms.

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Event: US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Retreat [viewed]

The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative, of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), aims to advance the position of women in the field of clean energy. This retreat, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Energy Initiative, will bring together 25 senior-level US C3E Ambassadors to discuss strategy and review the nominations for the C3E Awards, which will be announced at the C3E Symposium at MIT on 28 September 2012.  

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PACC Project Supports Water Conservation Activities in Tuvalu [viewed]

SPREP13 June 2012: As part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a video on water conservation activities in Tuvalu.   

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