Capacity Building & Education

UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Ahead of UNCSD [viewed]

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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SPREP Trains Pacific Negotiators Ahead of Durban Climate Conference [viewed]

31 October 2011 : The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted a training session for over 18 Pacific delegates in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, in November-December 2011.

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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Adaptation Fund Launches Photo Contest [viewed]

Adaptation Fund26 October 2011: In an effort to raise awareness regarding the importance of adapting to climate change, the Adaptation Fund has opened a photo contest on: "What adaptation means to you."

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Review of Annex I Parties GHG Inventories [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.13) on the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties. This report describes activities relating to GHG inventory reviews conducted during the period November 2010 to October 2011, and to activities planned for 2012.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference Adopts Wageningen Statement [viewed]

26 October 2011: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture brought together scientists from 38 countries to take stock of the current state of global knowledge on science and best practices on climate-smart agriculture, and to identify key priorities and efficient ways to implement interventions.

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Event: CIF PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) will hold a meeting to review progress and tasks ahead in implementing PPCR. The pilot programs and projects implemented under the PPCR are country-led, build on National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPA) and other relevant country studies and strategies, and include countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.  

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IDB and Nordic Development Fund Support Green Microfinance [viewed]

IDB18 October 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has partnered with the Nordic Development Fund to launch a US$7 million programme to fund pilot microfinance activities for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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UNESCO Highlights Efforts to Build Island Resilience [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Building Island Resilience," which provides an overview of the activities of the SIDS Platform, UNESCO's house-wide contribution to implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS).

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