Capacity Building & Education

UNISDR, World Cities Scientific Development Alliance Launch Urban Resilience Award [viewed]

26 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance have announced the launch of the Resilient Cities Award. The award aims to recognize excellence in land use planning, design and development activities that protect communities from the impacts of natural hazards and reduce disaster risk.

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IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Accelerated Sustainable Human Development in Africa [viewed]

23 July 2012: In a speech delivered at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, stressed the need for Africa's economic performance to translate into higher human development for all, particularly the poor, women and youth.

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FAO, CCAFS Host Workshop on NAMAs in Agriculture [viewed]

17 July 2012: A recent workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) focused on supporting the development of NAMAs as a tool for national mitigation planning and climate smart agriculture.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Increasing the Level of Ambition [viewed]

20 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ADP/2012/INF.1) of the in-session workshop on increasing the level of ambition, carried out in accordance with Durban Decision 1/CP.17 (AWG-LCA Outcome).

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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UNFCCC Outlines CDM Financing and Support Opportunities in Africa [viewed]

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary of key financing and support opportunities available to Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa, titled “CDM in Africa - Finance and Support.”

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CCAC Launches Awareness-Raising Contest on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

18 July 2012: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is inviting children and young people between 12 and 25 years to participate in an international awareness raising contest on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP).

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CTI PFAN Launches Initiative to Mobilize Private Sector Adaptation Finance [viewed]

13 July 2012: The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) held an Africa Workshop for Adaptation Financing, which launched one of the first multilateral initiatives to engage private sector and commercial financing in adaptation activities.

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IFC Report Examines Role of Private Sector Finance in Green Growth [viewed]

June 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group has released a new publication titled “MoneyMoves: How Private Sector Finance Can Work for a Sustainable Future,” examining the successes and challenges of private sector involvement in environmental sustainability initiatives.

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