Capacity Building & Education

Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (Asian Workshop) [viewed]

Asian government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will participate in this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The regional workshop will convene in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop will offer a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. It is one in a series of training programs aimed at building REDD+ capacity for decision makers and other stakeholders in developing countries. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: Regional Designated National Authority (DNA) Training [viewed]

A training event will be held for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authorities (DNAs).  

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Event: Regional Designated National Authority (DNA) Forum for Africa [viewed]

A Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authority (DNA) Forum will be held for the African region. The DNA Forum is to provide opportunities for DNAs to exchange views, share their experiences relating to the CDM and bring forward common views and issues to the attention of the CDM Executive Board.  

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UNECA Executive Secretary Opens Information Science and Technology Meeting [viewed]

2 May 2011: The second session of UNECA's Committee on Development Information Science and Technology (CODIST-II) is convening from 2-5 May 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Innovation for Industrial Development in Africa.”

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UNIDO Geothermal Energy Seminar Examines Mexico's Experience, East Africa's Potential [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Seminar on Geothermal Energy for East African Region Representatives, which was held from 11-15 April 2011, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, was organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Mexican Energy (SENER) and Foreign Ministries, Mexico's Electricity Research Institute, and the Federal Electricity Commission.

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UNFCCC Publishes Nairobi Work Programme Progress Report [viewed]

29 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.2) on progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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UNECE Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 Discuss Capacity Building, Energy Policy Reforms [viewed]

29 April 2011: The second Session of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21), under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), met on 18 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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Event: Regional Conference on Renewable Energy Development in the Countries of Central Asia and CIS [viewed]

This Conference will review the results and lessons learned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) project on the development of a wind power market in Kazakhstan, including development of a legal framework and state regulation of renewable energy, development of local capacity while implementing wind parks projects, support in developing first projects, results achieved, experience and lessons learned during project implementation. Participants will have an opportunity to share views and experience in the development of renewable energy in Central Asia, and to develop recommendations on policies and cooperation in the field of renewables. The conference is organized by the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, the Ministry of Environment, the Kazakhstan Electricity Association (KEA) and UNDP Kazakhstan.  

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Event: Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting [viewed]

The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, to review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan issued at TICAD IV in 2008, and discuss the future of the TICAD process and progress towards achieveing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa. The conference is organized by the Government of Japan, the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), and is expected to gather Ministers and delegations of African countries along with representatives of other partner countries, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.  

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