Capacity Building & Education

Africa Pavilion Launched at COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Africa Pavilion at the Durban Climate Change Conference, an initiative of the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), was launched by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Idriss Déby of Chad, and Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos of Angola.

read more »

CIFOR November Newsletter Highlights Preparations for Forest Day 5 [viewed]

November 2011: Outlining many of activities that the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be engaged in during UNFCCC COP 17, the CIFOR November Newsletter presents a series of blogs and interviews on opportunities for REDD+ during the Durban Climate Change Conference.

read more »

ICRAF, ABS Launch Policy Briefs on Agroforestry, Climate and REDD+ [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) programme have released a series of policy briefs that focus on topics including agroforestry, carbon markets, climate-smart agriculture and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

read more »

FAO Releases Briefs on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two briefs that address the role of agriculture in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

read more »

UN/ISDR Awards Austrian Province with Role Model Status for Community Risk Assessments [viewed]

29 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has awarded Tyrol, Austria, with role model status for its activities in community-based risk assessment.

read more »

UNFCCC Publishes Report of Workshop on Response Measures [viewed]

23 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the joint workshop on matters relating to Kyoto Protocol Articles 2.3 (adverse impacts of policies and measures) and 3.14 (adverse effects) (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.6).

read more »

Dominican Republic Holds UN CC:Learn Project Planning Meeting [viewed]

Dominican Republic Holds UN CC:Learn Project Planning Meeting28 November 2011: A planning meeting convened in the Dominican Republic to support the preparations for a UN CC:Learn-supported project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change.

read more »

Event: IRENA Media Workshops on Renewable Energy at Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the South African Ministry of Energy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South African Renewables Initiative, is convening a series of media workshops during the Durban Climate Change Conference, to inform journalists on key issues facing the renewable energy sector. The workshops will feature briefings by experts from the private sector, government, international organisations and news media. Experts will provide the latest information on investment trends in renewables, innovative financing solutions, and impacts of renewables on jobs and economic growth. Resource materials will bring together key facts and figures, and highlight opportunities for news reporting. The workshops will consist of of six two-hour sessions, exploring the following issues: Financing Renewables to Scale – Lessons from South Africa and Elsewhere (December 1, 10:00-12:00); Access to Energy – What Role for Renewable Energy? (December 5, 10:00-12:00); Energy Subsidies – How Much is Being Spent, and to What Effect? (December 5, 17:00-18:30); Barriers to Renewable Energy – What are They and How Can They Be Overcome? (December 6, 10:00-12:00); Unlocking the Door to a Green Economy – Renewable Energy, Job Creation and Economic Growth (December 7, 10:00-12:00); and Renewable Energy in Africa, organized by the South African Department of Energy (December 8, 10:00-12:00). Speakers include: Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, IRENA; George Mnguni, Deputy Director General, South African Department of Energy; Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy, Sierra Leone; Philippe Benoit, Head of Energy Efficiency and Environment, International Energy Agency; Kirsty Hamilton, Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House; Sakkie Leimecke, Lead Principal: Energy, Nedbank; and high-level government representatives. Journalists should register their interest by sending an email with name, affiliation, contact details, and workshop/s of interest to: mediaworkshops@irena.org.  

read more »

Guest Article #70: How Developing Countries Can Speed Up Climate Finance [viewed]

Climate change is one of today's most pressing threats to achieving sustainable development goals around the world. Countries must transform their economies and angle their growth with policies and actions across multiple sectors that lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability to climate shocks and cut poverty.

read more »

UNFCCC Announces 2011 DNA Communicators of the Year Showcase Winners [viewed]

28 November 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) designated national authorities (DNAs) of Spain, Saudi Arabia, Côte d'Ivoire and Colombia have been announced as the winners of the 2011 DNA Communicators of the Year Showcase. The showcase was launched in 2010 to share and recognize DNAs' work in promoting the CDM in their countries.

read more »