Capacity Building & Education

Energy Consumption and Climate Change App Wins World Bank Competition [viewed]

World Bank28 June 2012: The World Bank has announced that "Ecofacts" has won its "Apps for Climate" competition. This software application developed in Argentina teaches about energy consumption, climate change and the actions needed to reduce carbon emissions. 

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Connect4Climate, MTV Launch Multi-media "Voices4Climate" Competition [viewed]

28 June 2012: Connect4Climate (C4C) and MTV are launching "Voices4Climate," a new global photo, video, and music video competition focused on highlighting the voices of youth on the issue of climate change.

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SPC Training Links Gender Analysis and Climate Change Resilience [viewed]

SPC27 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a training session on gender and climate change  for Fiji officers from government ministries and NGOs, aimed at strengthening participants' understanding of the gender analysis approach, and enabling them to apply gender analysis in the context of climate change. The training convened from 20-22 June 2012, in Suva, Fiji.

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Country Needs Assessment Workshop [viewed]

27 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the June edition of its newsletter, which reports on a workshop it hosted to present the preliminary findings of a country needs assessment to national REDD+ focal points from more than 20 partner countries, along with representatives from civil society, donor countries, the UNFCCC and the Programme's Independent Advisory Group.

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Event: Infrastructure for Climate Change: The Challenge of Constructing Infrastructure Systems for a New Environmental Reality [viewed]

This one-day meeting, sponsored by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and organized by CAF and the Colombian Government, will bring together government representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, representatives from various regional and international organizations, as well as experts from Asia, the US, Latin America and Europe to discuss the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events to Latin American water, energy, transport, housing and health infrastructure. The meeting also will launch a "Center of thought on Infrastructure for Climate Change" to act as a permanent high-level consultative center composed of national and international experts, devoted to the issue of making Latin American infrastructure climate-resilient.  

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Event: Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be jointly hosted by the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), with support from regional and international development partners. AMCDRR will convene under the theme "Strengthening Local Capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)”.  

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World Bank Climate Change e-Bulletin Highlights Low Carbon City Development Program [viewed]

26 June 2012: The June issue of the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights the launch of the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program, which was announced on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) .

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Event: 64th Session of the WMO Executive Council [viewed]

The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is holding its annual meeting from 25 June-3 July to review progress in the provision of critical weather, climate and water services to meet the growing needs of society. The 64th session of the Executive Council will consider WMO priorities, including: the Global Framework for Climate Services; enhanced disaster risk reduction (DRR); improved observation and information systems; more efficient meteorological services for the aviation sector; and capacity-strengthening of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing countries.  

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Event: Connecting for Climate: Technology, Creativity and Action [viewed]

At this event the World Bank will celebrate the winning entries in the second annual "Apps for Climate" competition. The "Apps for Climate" is a creative way to encourage innovative, cutting-edge ways to use open climate data. The event will also see the launch of the joint project between Connect4Climate and MTV called "Voices4Climate," a new global competition in search of the world's most powerful climate stories told through photos, videos, and music videos. Winning entries will be featured at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC at the end of 2012. Connect4Climate (C4C) is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, and the Italian Ministry for the Environment. The goal of C4C is to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world, with an initial focus on Africa.  

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