Capacity Building & Education

UNDP to Promote National Action for International Year of Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

6 January 2011: The UN has announced that, as part of 2012 being designated International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will form national bodies to promote action in countries where it is active.

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Event: World Environment Day 2012 [viewed]

World Environment Day 2012 will be celebrated under the theme "Green Economy: Does it include you?" and will be hosted by Brazil. World Environment Day 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Day.  

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Event: Sustainable Biomass for Electricity Conference (SB4E) [viewed]

The Conference on Sustainable Biomass for Electricity (SB4E), organized by UN-Energy in cooperation with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and other partners, will consider the role of biomass technologies in decarbonizing the global energy system. Acknowledging the readily available and cost effective potential for emission reductions that could be achieved through the large-scale deployment of sustainable biomass for electricity production, the SB4E Conference will provide an opportunity for governments, international organizations and the private sector to share knowledge, lessons, best practices and experiences and to join efforts towards decarbonizing electricity generation. The GBEP grew out of the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Plan of Action and was launched during the Ministerial Segment of the 14th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 14) in New York, on 11 May 2006. As of January 2012, GBEP Partners include the following 23 countries and 12 international organizations and institutions: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, UK, US, European Commission, FAO, IDB, IEA, UNCTAD, UN/DESA, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UN Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA).  

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UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava Becomes Carbon Neutral [viewed]

9 January 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Bratislava has announced that it has achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral, based on its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes the Czech Republic's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

6 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/CZE) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Czech Republic submitted in 2011, according to which, in 2009, carbon dioxide accounted for 84.9% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Czech Republic.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Annual Report for 2011 [viewed]

5 January 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has published its 2011 annual report, which presents a summary of the CDM's challenges and successes in 2011.

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Event: Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities and Training of Trainers Course [viewed]

This is the second of two climate change adaptation training courses developed based on a similar course that 14 Coral Triangle representatives attended in 2011 at the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island (CRC). The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, the hub of Climate Change Adaptation Learning Network will be the lead trainer. The training, which will consist of the Climate Change Adaptation Course for Coastal Communities (8 days) and the Training of Trainers course (2 days), aims to: strengthen the ability of national and local governments, as well as organization teams, to identify climate change risks and assess adaptation options for critical coastal infrastructure, habitats and vulnerable segments of society; lead an integrated local early action planning process for climate change adaptation; plan a local vulnerability assessment and identify early actions for climate change adaptation in one or two priority/demo sites; strengthen a national resource team to support the national and local actions as the country teams move toward implementation and replication of the curriculum, adaption planning and implementation actions; promote the contribution of core team of national managers and resource persons from Malaysia and the Philippines to regional Coral Triangle Initiative capacity and future replication and sharing.  

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Conference Highlights Contribution of Overseas Entities to Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2011: A conference on “Islands and Overseas Entities' contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was held at the European Parliament, and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of overseas entities and islands' assets to take up these challenges.

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World Bank Supports Central America in Disaster Risk Prevention and Management [viewed]

World Bank15 December 2011: The World Bank and the Center for Coordination and Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) have signed two cooperation agreements for more than US$1 million to support the implementation of the Central American Policy for Integral Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR). 

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Philippines Disaster Reduction Champion Announces Awareness Raising Workshops [viewed]

29 December 2011: The UN International Strategy or Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation in the Asia Pacific, Loren Legarda, has urged governments to be proactive in this “era of climate change,” and to not rely on post-disaster relief and rehabilitation alone.

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