Capacity Building & Education

Event: Connecting for Climate: Technology, Creativity and Action [viewed]

At this event the World Bank will celebrate the winning entries in the second annual "Apps for Climate" competition. The "Apps for Climate" is a creative way to encourage innovative, cutting-edge ways to use open climate data. The event will also see the launch of the joint project between Connect4Climate and MTV called "Voices4Climate," a new global competition in search of the world's most powerful climate stories told through photos, videos, and music videos. Winning entries will be featured at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC at the end of 2012. Connect4Climate (C4C) is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, and the Italian Ministry for the Environment. The goal of C4C is to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world, with an initial focus on Africa.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for City Day [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for City Day, on 22 June 2012. The event included three panel events on: local leadership driving global change; cities spurring change - tools and techniques for integrated urban planning; and a sustainable future for our children - the FRUSATO movement. A closing session addressed lessons learned and next steps following Rio+20.

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ESMAP Reviews its 2009-11 Work on Clean Energy, Access and Efficiency [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank released the report, “ESMAP 2012 Portfolio Review Fiscal Years 2009-2011,” which highlights results and outcomes of ESMAP projects and activities implemented since July 2008.

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Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia Kicks Off [viewed]

21 June 2012: The First Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) Ministerial Conference met to mobilize financial support for implementation of the targeted activities of the RIMES Master Plan, which aims to increase capacity for dealing with natural hazards and extreme weather events.

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SPREP, IOC, CCCCC to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Commonwealth Secretariat has announced that three regional organizations, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), have agreed to cooperate on steps to deal with the effects of climate change. 

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San Francisco Joins UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

20 June 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the US city of San Francisco has joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. San Francisco is the first major US city to join the Campaign.

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UNITAR Holds “Training of Trainers” on Climate Change Workshop [viewed]

8 June 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has concluded a three-day “training of trainers” workshop, which was organized to provide climate change professionals with the skills and confidence they need to train others on climate change issues.

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Pacific Islands Forum Launches e-Newsletter on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

PIFS19 June 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has launched a new e-Newsletter on Climate Change Financing. The first issue of the e-Newsletter provides a description of the PIFS' mandate on climate change financing, and highlights several activities undertaken in this area. 

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Rio Pavilion Hosts Financing Sustainable Development Day [viewed]

19 June 2012: On its seventh day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Financing Sustainable Development Day. The event consisted of two sessions on natural capital solutions, namely: protected areas meeting global environmental challenges; and natural capital in Africa, Asia and Latin America - partnerships, policies and investments.

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UNEP Executive Director Outlines Work Toward Sustainability at the UN [viewed]

18 June 2012: In an article in the Rio+20 edition of the UN Chronicle, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner outlines work underway to make the UN more sustainable.

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