Capacity Building & Education

UNEP Releases Reports, Launches Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities [viewed]

UNEP18 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners unveiled the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities, a new initiative that aims to develop resource efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable urban development around the world, and released two related reports.

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Climate Change Task Force Issues Call to Action [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Climate Change Task Force has issued a Statement on Action to Face the Urgent Realities of Climate Change, calling on world leaders to take urgent action to address climate change in order to ensure the transition to sustainable, just and secure development.

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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AfDB, CIF Launch Climate Resilience Projects in Niger and Mozambique [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has approved two projects under its Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) with co-financing and support by the African Development Bank (AfDB), aiming to improve climate forecasting and communication in Niger, and building resilience of agricultural production systems in Mozambique.

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EEA Releases Update of 2010 Report on Consumption and the Environment [viewed]

EEA14 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released an update to its “State and Outlook of the Environment Report 2010” (SOER) which focuses on consumption and the environment. The publication was launched at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNEP Risoe Centre Publishes May Update of ACP-CD4CDM Project [viewed]

UNEP Risoe25 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has published an update of the ACP-CD4CDM Project, highlighting Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) capacity building and implementation activities carried out in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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Sweden Pledges €7.5 million to African Climate for Development Programme [viewed]

15 June 2012: At a high level roundtable held on 25 April 2012, in Stockholm, the Swedish Government pledged €7.5 million to a fund of the Climate for Development in Africa Program (ClimDev-Africa). 

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SPC/FAO Workshop Examines Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop aimed to transfer the results of SPC's recent vulnerability assessment, titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change,” and to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize spotlights 25 local initiatives by honoring them on an international stage. The event, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will include a special musical performance by Gilberto Gil, and will take place on the sidelines fo the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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