Capacity Building & Education

World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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Bioversity International and ICAR to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

Bioversity International13 August 2013: In a five year agreement focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016, Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have agreed to collaborate on biodiversity use and conservation, technical assistance, publications, outreach and training, as well as support for the exchange of plant genetic resources.

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Secretary-General Reports on Progress towards Poverty Eradication [viewed]

United Nations24 July 2013: A new report of the UN Secretary-General examines progress towards poverty eradication worldwide. Drawing links between poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and climate change, the report recommends policies that put sustainable development at the core of the post-2015 development agenda to reach the goal of complete eradication of poverty.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Project Proposal in Mali, Invites Comments on Environmental and Social Policy [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 August 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report of its 21st meeting, which was held back-to-back with the 12th meetings of the AFB's Project and Programme Review Committee and the Ethics and of the Finance Committee. 

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SIDS DOCK Meeting Discusses Energy Issues for AIMS [viewed]

sidsdock1 August 2013: The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK project held its first meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea (AIMS) region, the final meeting in a series of regional SIDS DOCK meetings. The meeting agreed upon and finalized discussions on programmatic and operational issues including climate, energy and water and financing mechanisms in SIDS.

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Youth Prepare at Regional Level for SIDS 2014 [viewed]

sids201413 August 2013: Three regional youth workshops took place in conjunction with the Regional Preparatory Meetings for the UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014 Global Conference. Held in Jamaica, Fiji and Seychelles, in July 2013, these meetings brought together over 70 young people representing 30 different small island countries to discuss SIDS' development issues.

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Event: Social Good Summit 2013 [viewed]

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference during UN Week in September that brings together entrepreneurs and thinkers to discuss how new media can help meet global challenges. The conference is organized by the UN Foundation, Mashable, 92nd St Y, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year's event is based on the theme of "2030 Now". There are three components to the event: interaction with "Keynote Listeners," including Amina J. Mohamed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on post-2015 development planning, and others; a Wesleyan University "massive-open-online-course" (MOOC) on "how to change the world"; and a segment on campaigns, innovations and digital solutions to the challenges of climate change, hosted by former US Vice-President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. Other speakers include Anthony Lake, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF); Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps; and Matt Wallaert, BING.  

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

The Fourth Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects in Asia and the Pacific will convene from 4-5 September 2013, in Manila, the Philippines, and is hosted by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Project developers, CDM consultants, and designated national authorities (DNAs) are expected to attend the workshop. A DNA training for Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe will be held immediately prior to the workshop on 2-3 September 2013 at the same venue.  

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ICRAF Studies Local Knowledge in Ethiopian Farming Systems [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)5 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a brochure on the value of local knowledge in agroforestry systems. The publication examines farming systems in Ethiopia supported under the "sustainable tree - crop - livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy" initiative.

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Caribbean Workshop Examines Potential NAMAs in Agriculture and Energy [viewed]

uneprisoe-olade22 July 2013: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Risoe Centre co-organized a regional workshop in Havana, Cuba, looking at possible Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the agribusiness and energy sectors of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

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