Capacity Building & Education

GEF Supports Renewable Energy Power Project in India [viewed]

GEF8 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support a new solar technology project in India to tap its extensive solar energy potential using concentrating solar heat (CSH) technology systems. 

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Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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UNDP Administrator Stresses the Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

15 August 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark delivered the University of Canterbury's Hopkins Lecture in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which she addressed the theme “Building Resilience: The Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Workshop to Further the Understanding of NAMAs by Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC13 August 2012: The UNFCCC has released the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.2) of a workshop to further the understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, underlying assumptions, and support needed for implementation of these actions. The report contains a summary of the workshop presentations and the exchanges of views.

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Event: Climate Investment Funds Associated Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are co-hosting the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, on 6-7 November 2012, as well as associated meetings. The Forum will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to deepening global understanding of the linkages between climate change and development as they have been addressed within the context of the CIF. The Forum will be preceded by Pilot Country meetings for all CIF programs (the Clean Technology Fund, the Forest Investment Program, the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, and the Program for Scaling-Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries), from 30 October-1 November, and a Private Sector Forum, on 5 November.  

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Event: Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Workshop [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Asian Institute of Technology. It aims at show-casting best TNA practices, getting feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and TAPs, enhancing capacity of national TNA coordinators in project proposal development, and facilitating interaction between country representatives and the funding community.  

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African Water Facility Supports Kenyan Pastoralists' Climate Resilience [viewed]

AfDB9 August 2012: The African Water Facility (AWF), through the African Development Bank (AfDB), has awarded a €690,000 grant to support the Kenya Rainwater Association in implementing a pilot programme aimed at increasing drought resilience and climate change adaptation, using integrated rainwater harvesting management (IRHM).

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Event: Cool Buildings and Communities Conference [viewed]

This conference, which is co-hosted by the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, will bring together government officials, industry representatives, and green building and sustainability experts. The conference aims to launch a new non-profit organization focused on deploying cool, efficient policies and technologies, and launch a new network of global cities that are committed to reducing urban heat to promote sustainability. In conjunction with the conference the Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group of GSEP is organizing a workshop during which member governments can update the Working Group on their initiatives, plan for the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) meeting, and interact with other stakeholders to disucss supporting Working Group activities.  

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UNFCCC Launches Website for Early Submissions to the NAMA Registry Prototype [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat launched a website to enable parties and entities to submit Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and information on support for these actions. This temporary website was put in place while the Prototype of the NAMA Registry is developed, as requested by Decision 2/CP.17. 

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UNEP Clean Air Coalition Announces Global Outreach Competition [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) launched a contest to improve outreach on SLCPs. The competition is open to young people between 12-25 years of age.

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