Capacity Building & Education

UNFF Launches Forests Heroes Programme and Awards [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201118 July 2011: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values.

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AfDB, Denmark Establish Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa [viewed]

15 July 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Denmark have entered into a technical cooperation agreement to establish a sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA). With a budget of US$57 million, the SEFA's objective is to provide technical capacity building and capital for investment to support sustainable energy provision for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa over a five-year period.

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PIFS, SPREP Coordinate "Writeshop" for Renewables and Desalination Projects [viewed]

14 July 2011:  The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated a "writeshop" that aimed to help over 40 participants prepare proposals for the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund and the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP).

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Rock Festival Cooperates with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Finland [viewed]

13 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland, is cooperating on sustainable development with the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve by compensating for its carbon footprint and protecting a rare, endangered lizard.

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Event: Climate Change Diplomacy e-Learning Course [viewed]

This e-learning course on Climate Change Diplomacy has been developed by the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The course aims to provide the necessary training to facilitate participation in climate change-related international negotiations, public sector work and diplomatic engagement through the provision of enhanced understanding of the science of climate change, its international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to reaching a post-2012 agreement. The course will last for 8 weeks, from 12 September-15 November 2011.  

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CDM Executive Board Adopts Guidelines on Standardized Baselines [viewed]

UNFCCC15 July 2011: During its 62nd meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted guidelines for the establishment of sector-specific standardized baselines and guidelines on suppressed demand, both of which are expected to enable low-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting countries and countries currently under-represented in the CDM to benefit more from the mechanism.

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Four East African Local Governments Commit to UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

14 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that four East African cities, Arusha and Moshi (Tanzania), Kisumu (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi), have joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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UNESCO, Japan Launch Project on Flood Forecasting in Pakistan [viewed]

11 July 2011: In cooperation with the Government of Japan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a project aimed at upgrading the flood forecasting and early warning systems of Pakistan, and to conduct risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River.

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UNCCD Presents Maps with Latest Statistics on DLDD [viewed]

July 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has released a publication titled "Desertification: A Visual Synthesis."

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