Capacity Building & Education

UN-REDD Reviews its 2011 Activities [viewed]

26 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has launched its "2011 Year in Review" report, which provides an overview of the Programme's achievements at the national and international levels on activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNCCD Designates New Drylands Ambassadors [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, presented Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs with certificates designating them UNCCD Drylands Ambassadors.

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Event: The Role of National Development Banks in Mobilizing International Climate Finance [viewed]

The workshop will help increase awareness from a broad range of national development banks, local financial institutions and other key stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges of international climate finance. Co-organizers include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE), the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), KfW Bankengruppe, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). It will provide for a platform to discuss: opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the Green Climate Fund; the role of treasuries and development banks in the coordination and leverage of international climate finance; experiences with international climate funds and market mechanisms; and recommendations to international fora and processes such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+ 20) and the Climate Change Conference in December 2012. This workshop is closed to the public and is by invitation only.  

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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CDM and JI Stakeholders Hold First Joint Workshop [viewed]

25 March 2012: The first Sustainable Development Mechanisms Joint Coordination Workshop brought together stakeholders involved in both the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) to learn about recent and planned improvements and discuss the future of the mechanisms.

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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CDM DNAs Consider Stakeholder Participation and CDM Benefits [viewed]

23 March 2012: The 13th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authorities (DNA) Forum and Training brought together nearly 100 DNAs to exchange information and lessons learned on various topics related to the CDM, including improving stakeholder consultation, co-benefits of the CDM and attracting investment.

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IEA Paper Reviews IEA Role in Sustainable Global Energy Management [viewed]

IEA22 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document titled “Worldwide Engagement for Sustainable Energy Strategies,” detailing the IEA's role in the global energy industry over time.

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