Capacity Building & Education

World Bank, IMF Report on MDGs Progress [viewed]

April 2012: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have published the 2012 Global Monitoring Report (GMR) on progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year's edition, titled “Food Prices, Nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals,” highlights the need to help developing countries deal with the harmful effects of higher and more volatile food prices.

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Event: Global Bioenergy Partnership: 2nd Working Group on Capacity Building [viewed]

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Working Group on Capacity Building for Sustainable Bioenergy promotes the dissemination, use, and implementation of the outcomes of the GBEP Task Forces on GHG Methodologies and on Sustainability through activities and projects. GBEP and its Partners comprise 23 countries and 13 international organizations and institutions, including the: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA). A further 22 countries and 11 International Organizations and institutions are participating as Observers, including: the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), European Environment Agency (EEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Organization of American States (OAS), Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), World Bank and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Current GBEP Partners and Observers account for the majority of bioenergy produced in the world. GBEP Partners alone account for the vast majority of modern bioenergy, including liquid biofuels.  

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UN Releases Third Annual Carbon Neutrality Report [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in its capacity as secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has released the UN's third annual “Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN” report, which details the UN's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2010, as well as ongoing efforts to reduce them.

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Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference Focuses on Communication [viewed]

22 April 2012: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones; health; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and vulnerable communities, including indigenous people.

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UNDP's Baobab Coalition Journal Highlights Training of Climate Journalists [viewed]

April 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released January-April 2012 issue of The Baobab Coalition Journal, a publication that reports on the community activities and efforts carried out under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). The issue features articles on training of climate journalists, a climate data management workshop, AAP activities in Morocco, and recent publications available on the programme.

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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Highlights Potential for Green Economic Development in Africa [viewed]

20 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum underscored the potential of the African continent in advancing efforts to combat climate change and ensure green economic development in the future.

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UNISDR Reports on DRR and Adaptation Writeshops [viewed]

19 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on the four writeshops, which were co-convened with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and conducted since 2010 in Thailand, Ghana, Costa Rica and Barbados. UNISDR underlines that they have helped increase the body of published literature on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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FAO Stresses Need to Tackle Hunger to Achieve Sustainable Development [viewed]

FAO19 April 2012: Addressing the FAO Regional Conference for Europe, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, called ending hunger the world's “most urgent” challenge as the global community moves toward sustainable development objectives through the Rio+20 process.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Eighth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

18 April 2012: The March/April issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter provides updates on progress in implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in a number of countries.

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UNITAR, UNEP Launch Green Economy e-learning Course [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched an online learning course titled “Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts, Principles and Applications.”

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