Capacity Building & Education

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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US Provides Grant for ECPA Senior Fellows Program [viewed]

21 March 2012: The US State Department has awarded a grant to continue a program for experts to act as consultants and speakers on energy and climate change policy issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on behalf of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).

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FAO Launches e-Learning Course on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

FAO21 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a free course that aims to build understanding on how climate change effects agriculture and food security and practical steps that can be taken to minimize negative impacts.

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CAF Promotes Use of Carbon Footprint in Bolivia [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) presented the results of its 11-month project to promote and disseminate the Bolivian technical standard on carbon footprints by helping nine companies and three environmental NGO projects calculate and validate emission levels through voluntary application of the standard.

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Event: WBI Webinar: NAMAs after Durban - What Lies Ahead? [viewed]

The World Bank Institute (WBI) is organizing a webinar on the outcomes of the Durban Climate Change Conference, in particular regarding an international operational framework for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and a prototype registry and core guidance for reporting. The webinar will be moderated by Neeraj Prasad, WBI, and speakers will include William Agyemang-Bonsu, UNFCCC Secretariat, Frauke Röser, Ecofys, and Chandra S. Sinha, World Bank.  

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UNCCD, UNDP Strengthen Strategic Collaboration on Life of Drylands Populations [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Programme of Cooperation to formalize their long-standing strategic partnership to address poverty among the poorest populations.

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