Capacity Building & Education

ITU Launches Initiatives on Sustainable Development and Disaster Preparedness [viewed]

16 October 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched two initiatives that aim to achieve sustainable development and improve disaster preparedness and response through smart information and communication technologies (ICT) at the ITU Telecom World 2012 held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Indonesia Holds National Planning Workshop on Climate Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn9 October 2012: Indonesia held a national planning workshop on “Developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development,” organized by the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) and the global UN CC:Learn initiative. The workshop included presentations and discussions on the development of Indonesia's national strategy, which will be launched in March 2012.

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World Bank, Germany Sign MOU in Support of Climate Investment Readiness [viewed]

World Bank12 October 2012: The German Government has partnered with the World Bank to provide €9.4 million to developing countries in support for climate investment readiness and for the design of low-carbon development plans.

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First South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum Warns of Low Precipitation Forecasts [viewed]

11 October 2012: The first South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF) was co-organized by Météo France, the Indian Ocean Commission (projet Acclimate) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This first Forum built the capacity of meteorologists on the methods and tools used to develop seasonal climate outlooks, and tailoring them to the challenges faced by islands. 

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Caribbean Ministers Sign Regional Water Security Declaration [viewed]

10 October 2012: Ministers responsible for water resources management in nine Caribbean countries have signed a declaration on water security at the 8th Annual High-Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum, a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).

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UNFCCC Releases Annual Report of GHG Inventory Review Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC12 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released its annual report on activities relating to greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reviews for Annex I Parties covering the period from November 2011 to October 2012 (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.10), as requested by the Conference of Parties (COP) in decision 12.CP.9.

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UNEP/GEF Project to Build Climate Change Resilience in Afghanistan [viewed]

12 October 2012: A project with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will provide assistance to communities that are vulnerable to climate change in Afghanistan, and will build the capacity of Afghan institutions to address climate change risk.

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EC Launches 'A World you Like. With a Climate you Like' Campaign [viewed]

EC8 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has launched a communications campaign to identify and share best practices in climate change action across Europe. The campaign is based on the slogan ‘A world you like. With a climate you like' and is supported by over 70 partner business associations, universities, NGOs and government agencies.

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Event: World Climate Summit 2012 [viewed]

The third annual World Climate Summit, which is organized alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will bring together government leaders and representatives from the business and finance community to discuss issues related to a low-carbon economy and industrial, financial, political and innovation drivers to accelerate progress in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The meeting will focus specifically on Qatar and the Middle East. Topics of discussion include: public-private partnerships; renewable energy; agriculture and water; emission reductions; transportation; carbon pricing; and energy efficiency.  

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EcoMicro to Support Four Latin American Microfinance Institutions [viewed]

EcoMicro4 October 2012: EcoMicro, a technical assistance programme co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, announced it will help four microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru to develop "green" financial products that promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and reduce the vulnerability of their portfolios to climate change impacts.

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