Capacity Building & Education

SPREP, SPC and US Government Join Forces to Advance Climate Adaptation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)8 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it, along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the US Government, have initiated a partnership to advance climate change adaptation.

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UNU and Partners Launch World Risk Report 2011 [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in collaboration with the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works), has published the World Risk Report 2011, which evaluates the interactions between exposure to natural hazards and climate change, and factors of social vulnerability, including levels of poverty, education, food security and governance.

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IDB to Support Establishment of Voluntary Carbon Market in Colombia [viewed]

IDB5 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$10.5 million project to establish a system of Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in Colombia, with the aim of cutting over half a million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over four years through a voluntary trading system.

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Event: World Bank Institute Global Dialogues on Climate Change: Human Resources and Technology [viewed]

This dialogue will address the new types of education, technologies, skills, knowledge and expertise that will be required for a robust response to climate change and a transition to a green economy. The dialogue session will bring together a number of high-level technical government representatives and practitioner via video conferencing, and will allow participation and comments by online participants.  

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UNEP Convenes High Level Meeting on Geothermal Opportunities in African Rift Region [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) facilitated a meeting with member countries of the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) to raise awareness of the opportunities associated with geothermal issues. Participants discussed ways in which ARGeo member countries can benefit ARGeo's support services, to accelerate the development of their geothermal resources.

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ECOWAS Urges Members to Intensify Implementation of NAMAs [viewed]

2 September 2011: A training workshop held from 31 August- 2 September 2011 was organized under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to develop and implement measures for Member States to access available funds for and assess the status of international negotiations on climate change. Capacity building measures for implementing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as well as for negotiators from the region were also assessed.

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UNECE Publishes Technical Cooperation Success Stories [viewed]

31 August 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report highlighting success stories of its technical cooperation work, including on climate change, biodiversity and energy.

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Event: Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in SIDS [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing this international expert meeting, with participants primarily from small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, representatives of multilateral agencies and civil society. The conference will focus on the challenges climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development. The meeting will develop a road map and recommendations to serve as a contribution to UNFCCC COP 17, the UNCSD and the End-of-Decade Conference of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.  

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UNESCO and UNEP Release Climate Change Starter's Guidebook [viewed]

26 August 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have released a publication titled “Climate Change Starter's Guidebook,” which is intended to serve as a starting point for mainstreaming climate change education into curricula lesson plans and programs.

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UNDP-UNEP Launch Guide for Practitioners on Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development Planning [viewed]

August 2011: The Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) – a joint collaboration between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – has launched a guide titled “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners.”

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