Capacity Building & Education

UNDP Launches Guidebook on Catalyzing Climate Finance [viewed]

19 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication titled "Catalyzing Climate Finance: A Guidebook on Policy and Financing Options to Support Green, Low-emission, Climate-resilient Development," which aims to enable countries to better assess the level and nature of assistance they will require to catalyze climate capital based on their national, regional and local circumstances.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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Event: AfDB 2011 Annual Meetings [viewed]

These meetings, organized around the theme “Towards an Agenda for Inclusive Growth in Africa,” will review the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2010 operations and its 2012 development funding portfolio, as well as challenges facing the African region in key areas such as climate change, infrastructure, private sector and governance. The meetings will also include: a high-level seminar on "Financing Energy and Green Growth;" a meeting on capacity building in science, technology and innovation; a meeting on the Inga power project (two hydroelectric dams); and the launch of African Economic Outlook 2011, which focuses on Africa's growing integration in the world economy and its diversifying partnerships revealing unprecedented economic opportunities.  

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GEF Approves UN-HABITAT/UNEP East Africa Energy Efficient Project [viewed]

18 May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a joint UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project that aims to promote energy efficiency measures in the building sector in East Africa in order to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Refrigerants, Naturally! Receives Harvard University Award [viewed]

18 May 2011: Refrigerants, Naturally!, a public-private partnership conceived and supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s OzonAction team, has received the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Roy Family Award.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant to 'Green' Morocco [viewed]

17 May 2011: The World Bank approved a US$4.35 million grant from the Special Climate Change Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support farmers and institutions in mainstreaming climate change adaptation measures within projects implemented by the Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert).

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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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GEF Publishes Roadmap for Accessing LDC Climate Fund [viewed]

May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a roadmap to clarify the steps necessary for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation through the LDC Fund (LDCF).

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OECD Paper Investigates Indian Urban Mobility Challenges [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a discussion paper titled “Key Mobility Challenges in Indian Cities,” which identifies challenges in urban mobility in India under three sections: urbanization and transport; urban mobility challenges; and current policies and interventions.

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