Capacity Building & Education

World Bank Provides Guidance on Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

World Bank3 June 2013: The World Bank has released a publication, titled 'Strong, Safe and Resilient: A Strategic Policy Guide for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific,' which notes that East Asia and the Pacific is the region most affected by disasters, experiencing both recurrent small-scale events as well as devastating large-scale catastrophes. The report calls on policy makers to invest in disaster preparedness to avoid undoing progress in poverty reduction and development.

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SREP Pilot Countries Exchange Lessons on Renewable Energy Investments [viewed]

srep-meeting30 May 2013: The fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) brought together over 50 participants from pilot countries, countries on the SREP pilot reserve list, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit.

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FAO Approach Leads to Sustainable Increases in Cassava Farming [viewed]

FAO28 May 2013: In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) promotes the application of the FAO's 'Save and Grow' approach to cassava, documenting significant potential to scale up production with limited chemical inputs.

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UNDP, GEF Support Launch of Jordan's National Climate Change Policy [viewed]

jordan-flag14 May 2013: With support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Jordan had launched a national policy on climate change. The long-term goal of the Climate Change Policy and Sector Strategic Guidance Framework of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is to build a climate risk-resilient country with a low-carbon but growing economy.

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UNISDR Reports on Hyogo Framework for Action Implementation [viewed]

UNISDR23 May 2013: The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released a publication, titled “Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - Summary of reports 2007-2013,” which provides a detailed account of implementation of the HFA, as described in voluntary self-reporting from countries and regional organizations. The report aims to inform current efforts to reduce disaster risk as well as the planning and development of the post-2015 DRR framework.

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Sandwatch Stakeholder Workshop Presents Activities Carried out in Aceh, Indonesia [viewed]

Sandwatch21 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch stakeholder workshop involving SMA Negeri 1 and MTsN Lhoknga, teachers from schools in coastal Aceh Besar district, government officials, Panglima Laôt and local NGOs.

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UNECE, UNDP Stakeholder Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation in the Neman River Basin [viewed]

UNDP UNECE22 May 2013: A stakeholder workshop on basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman River Basin, shared by Belarus, Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation, presented a climate change pilot project and outlined results achieved so far to Lithuanian stakeholders from different sectors and municipalities.

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IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, GHG Estimates [viewed]

IMO21 May 2013: The 65th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made progress on energy efficiency regulations, technology transfer, and the measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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World Bank Scales Up Investments in Water Management, Climate Resilience in Southern Africa [viewed]

World Bank20 May 2013: The World Bank is scaling up investments in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zambia, as well as to transboundary organizations in basins such as the Zambezi River basin, to cope with climate change, water scarcity and regional difficulties related to the management of transboundary waters.

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First SIDS DOCK Pacific Meeting Reviews Progress [viewed]

sidsdock9 May 2013: The first SIDS DOCK Pacific Regional Meeting reviewed the current work of the first phase of the SIDS DOCK Support Programme and discussed its next phase. SIDS DOCK is an initiative developed by small island developing States (SIDS) for SIDS to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and contribute towards sustainable development with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

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