Capacity Building & Education

GEF Promotes Climate Change Dialogue with African Youth [viewed]

GEF14 September 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the initiative Connect4Climate has initiated an interactive dialogue on climate change issues amongst African youth and social media users around the world.

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UNDP Launches Guidebook on Designing National Climate Financing Mechanisms [viewed]

Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds14 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched report that provides a step-by-step guide to developing countries in setting up national climate funds and in making informed decisions on climate financing options. The guidebook, “Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds: A Guidebook for the Design and Establishment of National Funds to Achieve Climate Change Priorities,” is based on UNDP's experience with 750 funds comprising over US$5 billion in resources from various donors. 

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FAO Launches Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

FAO soil partnership9 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is calling for a renewed international effort to promote and assure healthy and fertile soils as a component of the new Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

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ADB Funds Solar Power Project in India [viewed]

ADB13 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million loan to finance a roll-out of new large-scale solar power facilities in Gujarat, India.

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Event: CLEAN-Linking Open Data Webinar [viewed]

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are holding a webinar for climate-related database and portal managers on the use and benefits of Linked Open Data (LOD) to integrate web resources. This would enable more efficient sharing and leveraging of online resources, reduction of duplicated efforts, and general improved catalyzation towards low carbon development. The webinar will introduce the context of LOD and its uses, followed by a presentation of LOD in practice, and a discussion over use of linked open data. The meeting begins at GMT-6:00 and instructions for online participate can be found on the website.  

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SPC Announces New Office in Tonga [viewed]

Government of the Kingdom of Tonga and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a host country agreement9 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that it will open an office in Nukualofa, Tonga. The new office will aim to strengthen SPC's ability to deliver technical advice and assistance to the country.

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UK Provides Negotiating Support to LDCs through New Advocacy Fund [viewed]

African Negotiatiors. Photo courtesy: Petterik Wiggers, Panos6 September 2011: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that it will provide legal advice and support to least developed countries (LDCs) through a new Advocacy Fund. 

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Forest Partnership Calls for Better Fire Management Near Forests [viewed]

9 September 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which consists of 14 international organizations and secretariats, has called on countries to pay greater attention to managing fires on land bordering forests.

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UN Greening the Blue Announces "24 Hours of Reality" Climate Project [viewed]

8 September 2011: UN Greening the Blue has announced the 24 Hours of Reality project, which is part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and provoke action on climate change.

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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