Capacity Building & Education

Event: Integrated Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change in the UN Development Assistance Framework Process (LAC) [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in cooperation with the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the UN System Staff College (UNSSC). It will consider the linkages between climate change, environmental degradation and disasters, and explore opportunities for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction, environmental sustainability and climate change into country programming. It is one of three integrated regional workshops for UN country teams.  

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AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth [viewed]

27 June 2011: Speaking at the opening of the 19th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union Commission (AUC), leaders of the AU and other Africa regional organizations highlighted Africa's economic progress and called for a greater role and support for Africa's youth in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

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UNCCD Announces Policy Paper on Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought [viewed]

UNCCD27 June 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the release of a policy paper titled “The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought: Toward an Integrated Global Assessment.”

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Stakeholders Share Experiences on Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

25 June 2011: The 2011 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum took place from 24-25 June 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, and provided an opportunity for CIF stakeholders to: share their experiences of how the CIF are working in their countries; exchange lessons learned about what is most effective and discuss how the CIF can be expanded or improved; share on-the-ground achievements, challenges and knowledge; and help other CIF stakeholders apply lessons learned.

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Africa and Arab Regional Workshop Addresses Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Disasters [viewed]

24 June 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, has organized the first in a series of three regional workshops focusing on the linkages among climate change, environmental degradation and disasters, and how to mainstream them in country programming.

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Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Energy Poverty, Business Models [viewed]

Opening Plenary for the Sixth Asian Clean Energy Forum24 June 2011: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011, themed “New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future,” took place from 22-24 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines, preceded by preparatory meetings from 20-21 June. The Forum was framed around four overarching thematic areas: policy and regulation; financing and investment; innovative business models; and energy for all.

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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UNESCO, Global Risk Forum to Cooperate on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

L-R: Walter Ammann, President, GRF Davos, and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General23 June 2011: Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General, and Walter Ammann, President of the Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos, have signed a Letter of Intent to formalize and extend their cooperation in the field of risk management and reduction.

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World Bank Finances Education for Low Carbon Development in Guyana [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank approved a US$10 million loan to strengthen Guyana's science and technology tertiary education and advance its Low Carbon Development Strategy, through funding provided by the International Development Association (IDA).

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UNDP Highlights Role of Energy Access to Achieve the MDGs [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2011: Speaking at the Board for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Rebeca Grynspan, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, stressed the role of energy access for achieving sustainable human development and accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting it can help keep children in school, deliver health services, and free women from the burden of time-consuming domestic activities. 

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