Capacity Building & Education

Event: IEA Fuel Poverty Workshop: Evaluating the Co-Benefits of Low-Income Weatherisation Programmes [viewed]

This workshop, hosted by Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), will be the first of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Unit's (EEU) new programmes of work on innovative energy efficiency policies for mitigating fuel poverty, aiming to overcome the problem of return on investments in weatherization by the poor. The workshop will address three categories of non-energy co-benefits (NEBs) for low-income energy efficiency programmes: utility/rate-payer benefits; societal economic benefits; and participant household benefits. In addition, discussions on methodologies for collecting, quantifying and evaluating NEBs are planned.  

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Event: E-Courses in International Environmental Law [viewed]

The International Law Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has opened a new series of its e-Courses on International Environmental Law, scheduled from 7 February-3 April 2011. The aim of the e-courses is to provide a broad introduction to the main topics under international environmental law, including its fundamental principles, law-making processes, main actors, implementation and compliance procedures, and negotiations of Multilateral Environmental Agreements based on the current legal challenges in international environmental law. The series comprises four e-courses as follows: International Environmental Law (7-20 February); International Environmental Governance (21 February-6 March); Techniques and Procedures in International Environmental Law (7-20 March); and International Environmental Negotiations (21 March-3 April).  

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CIAT, CCAFS and ICRAF Release Film on Climate Change Adaptation Experiences in Kenya [viewed]

17 January 2011: The third film in the "Two Degrees Up" series, which identifies climate change challenges facing agricultural producers, focuses on challenges in Kenya.

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UN-HABITAT and UNEP Launch Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative in East Africa [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a regional model initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions in East African cities.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Young Future Energy Leaders [viewed]

17 January 2011: Addressing the Young Future Energy Leaders in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), during a side event for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the role of Young Energy Leaders in ensuring a sustainable future.

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SPREP Reports on Training Workshops on Adaptation Socioeconomic Assessment [viewed]

12 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on completing a series of sub-regional training sessions on the Socioeconomic Assessment Guides, in the context of the GEF-funded Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project.

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ECOWAS' ECREEE Releases Second Newsletter [viewed]

1 January 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has published its second quarterly newsletter, providing updates on projects and describing the outcomes of workshops, business forums and conferences.

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Event: UNESCO Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Pakistan [viewed]

This workshop will discuss: training policy makers and managers in flood and drought management; assessing the capacity of existing water education institutes and training of flood forecasting specialists; training water department technicians and managers and updating curricula; and providing education in schools and communities in managing geo-hazards. The workshop is part of a the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) partnership with Pakistan to help the country develop and manage its responses to flood and drought, and to measure potential impacts of land-use, population, climate change and other factors on water resources.  

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Photography Exhibition on Polar Regions Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

12 January 2011: A joint photography exhibition by two Swedish photographers opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 12 January 2011. “Once Upon a Time … in Antarctica,” by Stig Gustafsson, presents Antarctica's animal life and landscapes, dry valleys, glaciers and ice floes, and “Gateway to the Arctic,” by Jens Thuresson, presents images from the northern polar region.

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Event: Climate Change Diplomacy Training Course [viewed]

This online course is being organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). It will seek to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work and diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change, through an enhanced understanding of the climate change science and international policy framework and the key negotiation issues pertinent to a post-2012 climate change agreement. The course will run for 8 weeks, from 21 February-15 April 2011.  

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