Capacity Building & Education

World Bank Institute Calls on Young African Activists to Participate in Youth Parliament [viewed]

World Bank1 August 2011: The World Bank Institute has called for applications by youth leaders, between 18-30 years old, from Commonwealth countries in Africa and working on environment or climate change issues, to join a special session on climate change of the Youth Parliament.

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Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, held an Asia-Pacific regional workshop to advance work on integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Event: REDDy for Durban: Designing an Effective International Regime for Financing Forest-Based Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is hosting this online discussion with leading financial and government representatives to mark the launch of a landmark UNEP FI report titled "REDDy-Set-Grow: Part II - Recommendations for International Climate Change Negotiators." The webinar is intended to explore the key issues surrounding the financing of any future REDD+ agreement from the perspectives of the different stakeholders.  

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UNFF Updates Timeline for Nominations to Forest Heroes Programme [viewed]

International Year of Forests 20111 August 2011: In July, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values. The timeline for nominations to the programme has now been updated. 

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UN-CARICOM Meeting Identifies Regional Priorities [viewed]

29 July 2011: The sixth general meeting between the UN System and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions identified regional priorities across seven broad thematic areas for collaboration, including climate change, sustainable development and disaster management, and energy.

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UN/ISDR Reports on Parliamentarian DRR Initiatives [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released information indicating that Parliamentarians in Asia, Latin America and Africa are increasingly focused on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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FAO Develops Webportal on Horn of Africa Drought Emergency [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has opened a webportal on the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

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Event: CoastGIS 2011 [viewed]

CoastGIS 2011 will be hosted in Oostende, Belgium, by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchage (IODE) Project Office. This conference will cover the following thematic areas: impact of climate change on the coast, coastal communities and marine resources; environmental conservation in the coastal zone; pollution monitoring and control; sustainable use of coastal resources; integrating coastal and river basin catchment data; disaster monitoring and mitigation at the coast; informing and involving the public in coastal decision making; planning for sustainable coastal tourism; coastal planning and management for small islands; and protecting coastal heritage.  

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Event: ADB Urban Forum 2011: Financing Future Cities [viewed]

The objectives of this forum include to: familiarize participants with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Urban Operational Plan focusing on the urban environment, the urban economy and urban equity (the 3E agenda) and the products available to support its implementation; increase understanding of mechanisms available for financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; raise awareness of innovative practices in financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; and increase understanding between financiers and borrowers on opportunities and constraints to financing city/regional projects. Representatives from ministries of finance and urban development, mayors, financial and urban planners, financing agencies, contractors, infrastructure companies, and donors are expected to attend.  

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Event: Integrated Climate Impact Assessment Tool for Urban Policy Makers: Expert Consultations [viewed]

This invitation-only event will gather policy makers and experts from Asia and around the world to review the features of available tools for urban policy makers to assess the complex nature of impact and risk assessment for prioritizing projects based on costs and benefits. Specific focus will be given to the water, energy and transport sectors and the application of the Business Case Methodology. Speakers will include Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman, Leen Hordijk, EU Joint Research Centre, and Bindu Lohani, Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

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