Capacity Building & Education

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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UNDP-EU Partnership Focus on Low Emission Capacity Building [viewed]

UNDPNovember 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the European Commission (EU) and the Government of Germany (BMU), is implementing the EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme in 14 countries. The initiative aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level and facilitate the integration of public and private sector activities to address climate change.

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UNEP Launches Climate Change Capacity Building Success Stories [viewed]

Ready, Willing and Able28 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a collection of capacity building success stories titled "Ready, Willing and Able: Empowering Countries to Meet the Climate Challenge." The publication aims to inspire more activities.

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SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries [viewed]

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

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ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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Malawi Workshop on Climate Change Diplomacy Discusses CC:Learn Project [viewed]

UN CC:Learn21 November 2011: Participants at a Training Workshop on Climate Change Diplomacy, which was organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), heard a presentation on the UN CC:Learn project titled “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills Development to Address Climate Change.”

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World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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