Capacity Building & Education

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

The first in the UNFCCC webinar series on Long-term Finance will focus on approaches to assessing financing needs for the implementation of mitigation and adaption measures in developing countries in the longer term. The webinar will review: methodologies for measuring climate-related finance needs; lessons learned from application of “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches to climate finance needs assessments; conditions for accurate assessments of mitigation and adaptation finance needs in developing countries; and methodologies for tracking climate mitigation and adaptation financial flows.  

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Event: E-forum on Long-term Finance [viewed]

This e-forum will seek to engage with stakeholders and provide a platform for the exchange of views and sharing of technical and analytic information on a variety of topics. It will include sub-forums on: “Scaling mobilization of finance resources from multiple sources of finance,” taking place from 3-9 September; “Insight from approaches applied to assessment of financing needs to implement mitigation and adaption measures in developing countries,” from 10-14 September; “Addressing the adaptation finance needs of developing countries,” from 15-22 September; and “Enabling conditions needed to mobilize climate finance,” from 23 September to 6 October.  

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SPREP Launches Pacific Climate Change Portal [viewed]

SPREP10 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the Pacific Climate Change Portal, an online hub of information on climate change in the Pacific region.

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IFAD Pledges Finance Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Activities in Yemen [viewed]

7 September 2012: The Consultative Group Meeting for the Republic of Yemen announced a package of pledges towards Yemen's Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development, which included US$41 million in pledges from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop new programs.

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Bhutan, UNDP-UNEP Hold Workshops on Green and Inclusive Development in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

9 August 2012: Bhutan hosted participants from eight Asia-Pacific countries in two high-level workshops addressing green and inclusive economics and development. In the keynote address, Bhutan's Minister of Labor and Human Resources, Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, highlighted environmental resources as a critical asset for economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries.

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Event: Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and partners will organize a workshop on aid effectiveness in the area of public expenditure related to climate change, bringing 100 government officials and development partners from the Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America regions to Bangkok. Particpants at the three-day workshop, titled "Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews: Workshop on Past Experience and the Way Forward" and convening from 10-12 September 2012, will work on recommendations for peer support and collaboration and produce guidelines for a new "Climate Change Public Expenditure Review Sourcebook".  

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