Capacity Building & Education

Event: Second Preparatory Committee meeting for Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

A second session of the Preparatory Committee for the Third International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is expected to develop the draft post-2015 DRR framework. In addition to negotiations on this document, technical workshops will convene to address: indicators, monitoring and review process for the post-2015 framework; and integration of disaster risks in financial regulation. The Chair is also expected to hold two dialogue sessions with major groups. The Third International Conference on DRR will be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.  

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Event: 12th Development and Climate Days [viewed]

The 12th Development and Climate Days will be held on the sidelines of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The slogan of the event, 'Zero poverty. Zero emissions. Within a generation' draws attention to the need for climate change mitigation, adaptation and increased resilience in order to eradicate poverty. The programme for the conference includes a series of sessions directed toward integrating climate and poverty reduction targets. Representatives from the intergovernmental, public, private, non-profit and media sectors will elaborate on the 'zero-zero' vision, pitch ideas for achieving these goals, discuss potential financing pathways, consider radical adaptation measures, and lead games on trade-offs and spurring political change. This annual event is jointly organized by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).  

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Event: 5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2014) will meet under the theme ‘Building Disaster Resilient Communities'. The conference aims to bridge gaps and promote science-based solutions to empower local communities to advance disaster reduction, adapt to climate change and promote sustainable development. It also intends to: address opportunities for action through contributions from the areas of disaster science, technology, policy and practice; and stimulate a “next generation of ideas and actions” for disaster reduction. Conference themes will address cross-cutting issues, such as: disaster risk management, sustainable development, resilience building, vulnerability reduction, risk assessment and governance, risk financing, living with uncertainty, transformative processes, cultural recognition and change, poverty reduction, wellbeing, climate change adaptation, crisis communication and communities of practice. Conference participants will reflect on how theory, method and implementation presented by these processes can help to build disaster resilient communities. More specifically, the conference will address: building disaster resilient societies; integrating climate change and development goals; resilient cities, including case studies and best practices; creating an enabling environment to achieve resilience; emerging tools for integrated disaster management; risks and critical infrastructure protection; risk governance frameworks for resilient communities; and strategies for long-term, post-disaster mitigation measures.  

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Report on SE4ALL Decade Presented to UNGA Second Committee [viewed]

SE4ALL17 October 2014: The UN Secretary-General's report on the 'UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All' (SE4ALL) has been presented to the Second (Economic and Financial) Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report (A/69/395), presented on 15 October in New York, US, lays out a global plan of action for the Decade and suggests ways to realize SE4ALL in support of the post-2015 development agenda.

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SOFA 2014 Focuses on Family Farming and Innovation [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: Family farmers are crucial to eradicating hunger and achieving sustainable food security and rural development, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2014, ‘Innovation in Family Farming.' The report highlights innovation as key for family farmers to achieve these goals.

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CTCN Advisory Board Discusses LDC Request Incubator, Budget and CTN Expansion [viewed]

ctcn10 October 2014: At its fourth meeting, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board expressed its full support for a Least-Developed Country (LDC) request incubator programme to recognize the specific needs of LDCs and to assist them in taking full advantage of the CTCN's resources. Board members also discussed increasing collaboration between CTCN and financial institutions, determined that the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and CTCN will finalize the bodies' joint 2014 report, and heard a statement from the presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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UNDP, Partners Announce Climate Change Finance Innovation Award [viewed]

UNDPOctober 2014: The UN Development Programme's Millennium Development Goal Carbon (UNDP MDG Carbon) and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. have announced the 'Climate Change Finance Innovation Award Contest,' which addresses the need for innovative financing concepts for scaled-up mitigation actions.

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CGE Conducts Workshops on UNFCCC Reporting for Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC10 September 2014: As part of its work to build developing country reporting capacity under the UNFCCC, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications for Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) organized two more regional workshops: one for the Eastern European and Asia-Pacific regions and one for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The trainings focused on using the biennial update report (BUR) guidelines available on the UNFCCC website.

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Malawi Develops Primary School Climate Change Curriculum [viewed]

UN CC:LearnSeptember 2014: The Government of Malawi has published a 'Climate Change Sourcebook for Primary School Teachers' in support of its National Climate Change Learning Strategy, developed under the One UN Climate Change Learning (UN CC:Learn) Partnership. The Sourcebook, 22,300 of which have been distributed thus far, promotes integrating climate change education into schools with the goal of shifting an entire young generation of Malawians toward climate-friendly practices, attitudes and behavior.

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