Capacity Building & Education

Asian Conference Calls for Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation into Development [viewed]

25 October 2012: The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was attended by 25 ministers and delegates from 72 countries, concluded with the adoption of the Yogyakarta Declaration on DRR in Asia and the Pacific 2012, which calls for integrating DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) into local level development planning.

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Report on Internally Displaced Persons Highlights Influence of Climate Change, Other Megatrends [viewed]

24 October 2012: Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, presented his report titled “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons” to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US. Beyani underscores that internal displacement remains a significant human rights challenge.

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Event: Negotiating Effectively under the UNFCCC [viewed]

This event is being organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in cooperation with UK sustainability consultancy AEA and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Advocacy Fund. It is targeted at representatives/delegates from UN Member States, particularly those from poor and climate vulnerable countries. It aims to provide them with the information, skills and techniques they need to participate effectively in the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18), which is taking place in November-December 2012, as well as in UNFCCC negotiation sessions thereafter.  

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UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Journalist Training on “New Approach” to Disaster Reporting [viewed]

25 October 2012: The UN International for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a training session for 20 journalists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 22 October 2012, on the topic “Towards a new approach to disasters from consequences to causes – Covering disasters from a disaster risk reduction (DRR) perspective,” on the sidelines of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR.

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IDB Provides Climate Change Grant to Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Communities [viewed]

IDB12 October 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$4.4 million grant to help Honduran communities of indigenous people and those of African descent respond to climate change and reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events.

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UNEP, China Launch Efficient Lighting Centre [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of the Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC) in Beijing, China. The GELC is designed to support the rapid deployment of energy-efficient technologies in developing and emerging countries, and is a joint initiative of UNEP and the Chinese National Lighting Test Centre.

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UNESCO-IHE, ADB Convene First Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week [viewed]

30 October 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Water Education (IHE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) convened water leaders from Asia to explore the issues of water security and green growth during the first Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week.

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GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Newsletter Reports on Fourth Donor Steering Group Meeting [viewed]

October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the October issue of its quarterly newsletter.  The newsletter includes sections describing global and regional programme activities.

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GEF SGP Projects Promote Energy Efficiency, Combat Climate Change in Ukraine [viewed]

31 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided financial support to implement three demonstration projects to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ukraine. The projects, implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), promote solar energy use for electricity production and hot water heating, and raise community awareness on energy efficiency and energy saving measures.

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