Capacity Building & Education

UNEP FI Announces 2012 Climate Change Leadership Award [viewed]

UNEP FI10 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) has announced that Africa' largest insurer, Santum, has been awarded the 2012 Climate Change Leadership Award, under the financial services category. According to UNEP FI, the Award is the first of its kind in Africa to recognize businesses, communities, youth, schools and individuals who are leading the way in combating climate change.

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UNDP Bulletin Highlights Finance for Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

UNDPApril 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the eighth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of UNDP-the Global Environment Facility (GEF) support to countries to affect policy and institutional change for climate change adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-levels. This issue focuses on adaptation projects in Africa, as well as an announcement of Germany's support to adaptation initiatives in Grenada and Mali.

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FCPF Meetings Address REDD+ Readiness Programmes [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Participants Committee and the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which are hosted at the World Bank, recently held discussions on national readiness programmes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) of a number of countries.

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IOC Assesses Climate Vulnerability of South-West Indian Ocean Islands [viewed]

13 April 2012: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) project on climate change adaptation, titled "Acclimate," has released five assessments of climate change vulnerability in the South-West Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France) and the Seychelles. For each case, the reports provide qualitative assessments of climate vulnerability across various sectors including: integrated water management; fisheries; risk and disaster management; energy; food security; and security and sovereignty.

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UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Initiative for Children, Youth and Climate Change [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/UN CC:Learn has joined the UN Joint Framework Initiative for Children, Youth and Climate Change, which was established by the UNFCCC Secretariat to promote the engagement of children and youth in the UN system's intergovernmental processes on climate change and related activities.

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Working Group on Greening Technical and Vocational Education [viewed]

UN CC:Learn2 April 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/UN CC:Learn has joined the working group on “Greening TVET and Skills Development” of the Inter-agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (IAG-TVET).

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Event: Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Government of Canada, aims to raise awareness of the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in climate change mitigation and adaptation, thereby advancing the “green ICT” agenda. Among other things, it will provide an avenue to explore how advanced technologies can improve the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector itself. The symposium is part of ITU's activities in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), highlighting the importance of ICTs as enablers of environmentally-sustainable economic development.  

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European Commission Outlines Response to the Sahel Food Crisis [viewed]

11 April 2012: Highlighting the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by food insecurity in the Sahel region, which comprises Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, a European Commission press release outlines its efforts to provide humanitarian and development aid through mitigation and preparedness, emergency response, and recovery and resilience building.

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UNEP, UNDP Workshop Calls for Enhanced Support for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

10 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a workshop on "Sharing Lessons in Africa on Climate Change Adaptation." Participants shared knowledge and exchanged ideas on common climate change risks, built on lessons learned from projects across Africa, formulated common solutions in support of national policy processes and identified best practices for delivering adaptation solutions.

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