Capacity Building & Education

Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Low-Carbon Energy For All [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2012, which was organized around the theme “Accelerating Low-Carbon Energy For All.” The Forum was framed around four thematic tracks: energy access; technology; policy and regulation; and finance and investment.

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UN Bike Ride Promotes Sustainable Urban Transport Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

8 June 2012: The UN hosted a bicycle ride from its Headquarters to the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands in New York, US, organized by the Mission on 8 June 2012. The ride highlighted the benefits of bicycling as a method of sustainable, low-carbon urban transportation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who did not ride but wore a bicycle helmet to open the event, remarked on cycling's benefits for riders' health and the planet.

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UNFCCC Launches 2012 CDM African Radio Contest [viewed]

6 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest 2012 on the theme “Changing Lives,” with the aim of raising awareness of the CDM's benefits in Africa.

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SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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GEF/UNDP/WHO Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Health Holds First Meeting [viewed]

WHO7 June 2012: The Project Board of the Global Pilot Project on Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health carried out by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held its first meeting of national project managers.

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IFAD Launches Paper on Sustainable Smallholder Farming [viewed]

6 June 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Internatioanl Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a paper that describes how climate-smart agriculture differs from traditional agricultural interventions for rural development.

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Event: Dakar: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters – Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) are co-organizing an outreach workshop titled: “Managing the Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters (SREX) in West Africa – What can we learn from the IPCC Special Report?” The two-day event is designed for policy makers, business leaders, academics and other stakeholders that are, have been, or may be impacted by climate extremes and disasters. The workshop seeks to promote discussion of the IPCC Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX). The event is part of a series of outreach events in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean held from April-June 2012.  

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UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Committee on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

6 June 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/UN CC:Learn has joined the UN Inter-Agency Committee for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), which was established to ensure harmonious international coordination of the DESD.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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