Capacity Building & Education

International Ozone Day Marks Montreal Protocol's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP16 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September 2012. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day with the release of a newsletter titled “Protecting Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol.”

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Technology Needs Assessment Workshop Participants Share Regional Experiences [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Experience Sharing Workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs); enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators in project proposal development; and facilitate interaction between country representatives and the funding community.

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AMCEN 14 Adopts Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post-Rio Strategy [viewed]

14 September 2012: African Environment Ministers and government ministers, at the conclusion of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), adopted the Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post Rio+20 Strategy for Sustainable Development - a compendium of decisions and programmes aiming to advance the sustainable development agenda in Africa.

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Adaptation Fund Board Authorizes CERs Sales to the UNFCCC [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 September 2012: Responding to an expression of interest from the UNFCCC Secretariat to purchase certified emission reductions (CERs) directly from the Adaptation Fund to meet offset and other needs of the Secretariat, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has taken an intersessional decision authorizing such sales.

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UNISDR, UNDP Host DRR Training for Lebanese Local Authorities [viewed]

13 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Lebanese Prime Minister's office convened a training of trainers on the role of government in disaster risk reduction (DRR). 

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional SBI 37 Agenda [viewed]

13 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda for the 37th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 37), which will take place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November - 1 December 2012. Annotations to the provisional agenda are also included.

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UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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Event: CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 [viewed]

CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and will consider the themes "Climate Change, Island States and Sustainable Technologies". The conference will introduce the latest scientific findings and technological developments related to climate change, and examine their links with renewable energy in small island nations. The patron of the 2012 worldwide online climate conference is Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group of States Secretariat. Partners include UNEP, WMO, OSS, UNESCO, SIDSnet, AOSIS, and IDRC. CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is also organized as part of the project "Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network" (DIREKT), funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). DIREKT is a cooperation scheme involving universities from Germany, Fiji, Mauritius, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with the aim of strengthening the science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy of a sample of ACP small island developing states, by means of technology transfer, information exchange and networking.  

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UNEP, GEF Guidebook Outlines Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation in Building Sector [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published a guidebook on mitigation technologies and practices in the building sector, with examples of the use of solar energy, energy efficient building materials, and urban planning for storm water management. 

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Event: Second UNFCCC Webinar on Long-term Finance [viewed]

The second in the UNFCCC Webinar Series on Long-term Finance will focus on issues related to adaptation finance in developing countries, including: the potential of existing and new sources of public finance in addressing adaption finance needs of developing countries; lessons learned from the experience of bilateral and multilateral adaptation financing mechanisms; the role of the UNFCCC's financial mechanism; the replicability and scalability of adaptation funding models based on the experience of the Adaptation Fund and other funds; and the potential of private sector engagement in adaptation activities.  

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