Capacity Building & Education

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Considers Ways to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

4 February 2012: The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012 (DSDS 2012) concluded with global leaders and policy makers pledging to protect the global commons and adopt sustainable methods. Participants discussed international cooperation to address climate change, green growth and clean energy, among other issues.

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UNEP Risø Centre Discusses Barriers to Climate Technology Transfer [viewed]

January 2012: A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, titled "Overcoming Barriers to the Transfer and Diffusion of Climate Technologies," provides practical guidance on analyzing barriers to climate change-related technology transfer and on measures to overcoming them.

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World Bank Publishes Guide on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management in East Asia [viewed]

World Bank13 February 2012: The World Bank has published a guide on integrated urban flood risk management in East Asia and the Pacific, including specific tools and guidelines, as well as case studies and examples from cities in the region that are especially vulnerable to flooding in the face of long-term climate change trends.

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Commission for Social Development Adopts Resolution on NEPAD [viewed]

10 February 2012: The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), which focused on the theme “Poverty Eradication,” concluded with the adoption of seven resolutions, including on the need to mainstream disability in the development agenda and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

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UN-Backed Tara Oceans Mission Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Planktons [viewed]

9 February 2012: Tara Oceans, a mission carried out under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has arrived in New York, US, to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on oceans. The scientific expedition has been travelling the world's oceans for almost three years, investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity and marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on plankton.

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SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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IDB Supports Water and Adaptation Prize in the Americas [viewed]

IDB11 February 2012: The Regional Policy Dialogue for Water and Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others, announced the "Prize for Actions on Water and Adaptation in the Americas."

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Event: Workshop on the Process and Requirements of the Accreditation of National Implementing Entities for Direct Access under the Adaptation Fund for the Asian and Eastern European Regions [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF), established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC, is mandated to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. These funds can either be accessed through an accredited multilateral institution, or through an accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE). For an NIE to be accredited, it has to provide evidence for being able to meet the fiduciary standards set up by the AF Board. An entity that meets these standards and in turn becomes an accredited NIE has "direct access" to the resources of the AF. This workshop for the Asian region is the third of a series, as two regional workshops have already been organized by the Secretariat for the African region, and for Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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AfDB Holds Climate Change and Agriculture Training [viewed]

AfDB8 February 2012: With the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the African Development Bank (AfDB) organized a workshop on climate change, agriculture and natural resources in Tunis, Tunisia, from 26-27 January 2012.

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Summary Versions of UN Green Guide Released [viewed]

8 February 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced the launch of a series of two-page summaries aimed to assist staff in understanding how sustainability can be embedded in the UN System. The summaries include information on conducting green meetings, sustainable procurement and reducing emissions from buildings.

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