Capacity Building & Education

Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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AOSIS Chair: IFSD Must be Strengthened to Meet Needs of SIDS [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Marlene Moses, has highlighted the Alliance's three main objectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including achievement of the recognition of the special challenges of small island developing states (SIDS) in development and environmental degradation.

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UNFCCC Releases Progress Reports on the CGE Work and Regional Workshops [viewed]

30 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the Progress Report on the Work of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) (FCCC/SBI/2012/2).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on New Delhi Work Programme and Article 6 [viewed]

30 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Parties and relevant organizations containing their views on the review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme and on possible elements of a successor work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (education, training and public awareness) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.4).

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Event: IDB Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Public Finance [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the Knowledge and Learning Department is organizing a dialogue on the impact of climate change on public finance in Latin America. The event, which will take place in Spanish, aims to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices about the design and implementation of different instruments and mechanisms to confront the fiscal impact of climate change. Participants in this workshop include Ministers of Finance, Directors of Public Credit and officials in charge of budget planning, public investment, and climate change topics, as well as international experts.  

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UN Observes “Earth Hour” [viewed]

31 March 2012: The UN observed “Earth Hour” on 31 March by turning off the lights at its New York Headquarters and other facilities around the world, for one hour. Earth Hour was launched in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and calls for people, organizations and cities to turn off non-essential lights for an hour.

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Planet Under Pressure Conference Releases State of the Planet Declaration [viewed]

29 March 2012: The 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, which convened under the theme “New Knowledge Towards Solutions,” issued the "State of the Planet Declaration," which includes statements of support from the Planet Under Pressure Board of Patrons, the UN Secretary-General, and the youth movement.

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UNEP SEED Symposium Highlights Role of Grassroots Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy [viewed]

29 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the SEED Symposium, which aimed to provide a platform to explore the potential contribution that small, medium and micro enterprises can make to the Green Economy, and to showcase the 2011 SEED award winners.  

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CCAD Workshop Considers REDD Strategies and Plans [viewed]

22 March 2012: The regional workshop on the follow up of the programme for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests in developing countries (REDD), implemented by the Central American Commission on Environment Development (CCAD) and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) (REDD/CCAD-GIZ Programme), discussed regional and national strategies to be implemented during 2012 by the eight member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

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