Capacity Building & Education

Event: 2012 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

The 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification, an annual event on 17 June, will focus on the theme "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL". In 2012, World Day to Combat Desertification falls three days before the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the global observance is planned to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

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UNEP Facilitates African Workshop on Technology Action Plans [viewed]

UNEP17 February 2012: In support of the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risoe Centre facilitated a capacity building workshop for the African region to assist in developing Technology Action Plans (TAPs). At the workshop, the report titled "Overcoming Barriers to the Transfer and Diffusion of Climate Technologies" was introduced.

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UNFCCC Launches Momentum for Change Initiative Webpage [viewed]

UNFCCC20 February 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a new Momentum for Change Initiative webpage, with links to the outstanding climate change projects showcased at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17) and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 7) to the Kyoto Protocol.

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CEC Grants Aim to Address North American Environmental Challenges [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has awarded over US$1.3 million in grants to 18 projects that will support communities in Canada, Mexico and the US in their efforts to address environmental problems at the local level.

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AMCEN Publication Provides Guide to Addressing Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)16 February 2012: The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has published a report titled "Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development," which provides policy makers working in or with Africa with a practical guide and advice on addressing climate change within sustainable development policies and programmes.

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ADB Supports Uzbekistan's Solar Energy Research Facility [viewed]

ADB16 February 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ABD) has announced that it is working with Uzbekistan to establish a new solar energy research institute.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Initiative Launched [viewed]

16 February 2012: The US, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico and Sweden, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Adaptation Workshops [viewed]

15 February 2012: The February 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on a climate change adaptation workshop in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and an upcoming pig derby in Guam.  

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CC:Learn Workshop Focuses on Dominican Republic's Climate Change Education Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn7 February 2012: The National Workshop for the UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in the Dominican Republic concluded with a recognition of the need for climate change education and training to be mainstreamed into various sectors, and linked to sustainable development strategies and objectives.

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ICIMOD Report on Himalayan Climate Variability Examines Farmers' Responses to Change [viewed]

16 February 2012: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a study that investigates the impacts of climate change on mountain peoples' livelihoods, and aims to improve understanding of their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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