Capacity Building & Education

Event: World Climate Summit 2012 [viewed]

The third annual World Climate Summit, which is organized alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will bring together government leaders and representatives from the business and finance community to discuss issues related to a low-carbon economy and industrial, financial, political and innovation drivers to accelerate progress in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The meeting will focus specifically on Qatar and the Middle East. Topics of discussion include: public-private partnerships; renewable energy; agriculture and water; emission reductions; transportation; carbon pricing; and energy efficiency.  

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EcoMicro to Support Four Latin American Microfinance Institutions [viewed]

EcoMicro4 October 2012: EcoMicro, a technical assistance programme co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, announced it will help four microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru to develop "green" financial products that promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and reduce the vulnerability of their portfolios to climate change impacts.

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Guest Article #85: How Climate Services Can Help Countries Adapt to Climate Variability and Change [viewed]

The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was launched in 2009 by the World Climate Conference – 3 as a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate services[1]. This initiative of the United Nations system seeks to facilitate global access to continuously improved climate services in the four priority sectors of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and water by the end of 2017. The objective for end-2021 is to facilitate access to improved climate services across all climate-sensitive sectors.

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European DRR Forum Sees Release of Climate Change Adaptation Survey Results [viewed]

4 October 2012: Participants at the third annual meeting of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) were presented with the results of a survey carried out by the European Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). The Forum was co-organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Europe, the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), and the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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First NAMA Submissions Received [viewed]

1 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that it has received the first submissions of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) for the future NAMA Registry. The submissions, from Mali and Ethiopia, have been compiled in a temporary website.

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Second Workshop on Long-term Finance Focuses on Creating Enabling Environments [viewed]

3 October 2012: The second UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop on long-term finance focused on approaches to scale-up climate finance and create enabling environments. Parties, private sector and civil society stakeholders held in-depth discussions on new and innovative sources of climate finance, various approaches and strategies to mobilize climate finance, and ways to strengthen developing countries' capacity for improved access to climate finance.

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DSD Report Examines Climate Change Adaptation in Grenada [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has released a report examining adaptation to climate change in sectors including water resources, coastal ecosystems and renewable energy. While this report focuses on Grenada, the broader project, “Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean,” addresses primary concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). 

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UNDP CAP-NET Launches Capacity Development Network for Water in Central Asia [viewed]

2 October 2012: A new capacity development network, named CAR@WAN, has been formed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Resources Management Network (CAP-NET).

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Leaders Stress Climate Action at UNGA High-level Debate [viewed]

28 September 2012: World leaders gathered for the fourth day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) highlighted connections between climate change and sustainable development, and called for urgent action to address climate change.

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