Capacity Building & Education

UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a Workplan for the AWG-DPA [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DPA) (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Philanthropists Forum [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary18 April 2012: Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called on philanthropists to fuel the existing "momentum for both the sustainability and the energy revolutions.”

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Event: Third Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre. The aim of the workshop is to provide a platform for participants to share best practices and key lessons, enhance their knowledge on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and discuss technical, financial, and policy issues specific to their projects. In addition, the ADB, with support from UNFCCC Secretariat, will offer one-on-one project consultations with interested project developers from 17-18 July. The ultimate objective is to promote and support CDM project activities in Asia and the Pacific countries currently hosting fewer than 10 registered projects, particularly least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).  

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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Event: UNITAR/UNEP e-Learning Course: Introduction to a Green Economy - Concepts, Principles and Applications [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have developed this e-learning course to provide interested stakeholders with an introduction to the green economy concept. The course will be conducted from 14 May-22 June 2012, and is organized as an interactive, web-based course. Participants will learn about the green economy and the challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially-inclusive development.  

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New Clean Energy Initiatives and Commitments Announced at CEM3 [viewed]

26 April 2012: Leaders from the governments of the 23 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) participant countries, together with the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, have announced a variety of new commitments and initiatives to improve energy efficiency, increase the share of renewable energy, and enable energy access worldwide. These commitments and initiatives are the main outcomes of the two-day Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes LDC Expert Group Meeting Report [viewed]

25 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG), containing, among other things, the LEG's two-year rolling work programme for 2012-2013 and an update on the LEG's efforts to implement its work (FCCC/SBI/2012/7).

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Workshop Calls for Additional Support for Implementation of LEDS in Africa [viewed]

23 April 2012: During a recent international workshop on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), participants heard from representatives across Africa on the need for additional financial and technical support to ensure that African countries can continue LEDS implementation.

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European Commission Launches Urban Adaptation Project [viewed]

17 April 2012: The European Commission Directorate General (DG) Climate Action has launched a project to help European cities adapt to climate change. The project, with is placed with a consortium led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and others, will prepare cities to address the challenges posed by climate change through capacity building, exchange of knowledge and best practices, and the development of tools and guidance.

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UNCCD Invites Applications for African Journalists Workshop [viewed]

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is organizing a series of regional media workshops on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and has recently called for applications from African journalists specialized in the environment.

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