Capacity Building & Education

EU Set to Meet €7.2 Billion Pledge in Fast Start Funding [viewed]

28 November 2012: The EU has reported that it is on track to deliver €7.2 billion in fast start funding by 2013 to developing countries to strengthen their resilience to climate change. According to a new publication, the EU and its member states have already mobilized €7.14 billion, amounting to almost one-third of the US$30 billion pledged by developing countries over the three years 2010-2012.

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WHO Releases Guide on Mainstreaming Gender in Health Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

WHONovember 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a guideline for project managers in health-related adaptation to climate change, providing information, tools and recommendations for effective gender mainstreaming, including gender analysis of health vulnerability, adverse health impacts of climate change, and design of gender-responsive adaptation programmes and actions.

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WEF, UNFCCC Launch Initiative on Innovative Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) and UNFCCC Secretariat have announced an initiative to showcase successful public-private financing mechanisms and approaches to supporting climate change adaption and mitigation activities. The initiative, called “Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing for Climate-friendly Investment,” will inform governments, investors, business, public finance agencies and the media about opportunities to leverage innovative finance for sustainable growth.

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IDB Approves Last Loan for Peru's Sustainable Energy Matrix [viewed]

IDB26 November 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved the final segment of a four-part programmatic policy-based loan (PBL) to develop Peru's new sustainable energy matrix (NSEM).

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UNEP Riso Reports on Technology Needs Assessment Activities [viewed]

November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) has released the fifth volume of its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Newsletter, which features articles on: TNA activities; a global experience-sharing workshops; and country experiences from Mauritius, Viet Nam, Georgia and Ecuador.

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Guest Article #88: Momentum for Change: Recognizing Climate Action on the Ground [viewed]

As delegates from around the world gather in Doha for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18/CMP 8), they will have to tackle significant political issues that remain to be resolved in the UNFCCC negotiation process. However, I hope they also keep in mind that action on the ground to address climate change is already taking place and we need to do a better job at recognizing such activities.

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South-South Development Expo Showcases Initiatives on Sustainable Use and Renewable Energy [viewed]

UNIDO23 November 2012: The 2012 Global South-South Development Expo focused on providing an opportunity for stakeholders in the international development process to share experiences, exchange best practices, build new partnerships, and showcase solutions to energy insecurity and climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Country Progress [viewed]

21 November 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released its November newsletter. The newsletter highlights progress in Cambodia, Indonesia, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Viet Nam.

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Switzerland and Peru Collaborate on GFCS Climate Project [viewed]

WMO30 October 2012: Peru and Switzerland have formed a partnership under the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to conduct the "Climatic Services with Emphasis on the Andes in Support of Decision-making" (CLIMANDES) project. The project was announced during the World Meteorological Congress Extraordinary Session on the GFCS held from 29-31 October 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNFCCC Releases Synthesis Report on LDC Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2012: The UNFCCC has released a synthesis report on the progress made in the implementation of the least developed countries (LDC) work programme, including the updating and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.13).

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