Capacity Building & Education

IFAD Loan Contributes to Resilient Rural Development in China [viewed]

24 September 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing a loan of $46 million and grant of $1 million to the Chinese Government to support the Hunan Agricultural Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project.

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ACPC Holds Workshop on Meteorological Data in Ethiopia [viewed]

21 September 2012: The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) held the first of a planned series of workshops on meteorological data in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-21 September 2012, with future workshops planned for four other African countries.

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Event: IEA Sustainable Energy Training Seminar [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA), Mexican Department of Energy (SENER), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are holding this event to encourage policymakers to exchange best practices in sustainable energy, and will also see the launch of several new publications. The training event is particularly focused on low-carbon energy policies and technologies, including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Two parallel courses on "Energy Efficiency Policy and Measures" and "Energy Technology Planning and Analysis" are offered. During the event, several new publications will also be released, including: the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012"; the Latin American version of the "Energy Efficiency Governance Handbook"; and the IDB's new monthly series of energy efficiency booklets.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on the Implementation of Article 6 [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the workshop report on the implementation of the Convention's Article 6 (on education, training and public awareness) in the least developed countries (LDCs), which provides an overview of discussions and recommendations.

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UN-HABITAT Launches “Urban Planning for City Leaders” Guide [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a guide titled “Urban Planning for City Leaders” at an inaugural conference with the same name, held in London, UK. The guide aims to support urban planning good practice among local decision makers and leaders in developing and emerging economies.

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UNCCD and Xinhua News Agency to Spread Land Restoration News [viewed]

18 September 2012: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Li Congjun, President Xinhua News Agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to spread news regarding land restoration globally.

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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology [viewed]

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional COP/MOP 8 Agenda [viewed]

14 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda for the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 8), which will take place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November - 7 December 2012. Annotations to the provisional agenda are also included.

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International Ozone Day Marks Montreal Protocol's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP16 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September 2012. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day with the release of a newsletter titled “Protecting Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol.”

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Technology Needs Assessment Workshop Participants Share Regional Experiences [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Experience Sharing Workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs); enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators in project proposal development; and facilitate interaction between country representatives and the funding community.

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