Capacity Building & Education

World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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UN-HABITAT Supports Flood Risk Management in Uganda [viewed]

UN-HABITAT23 August 2012: As part of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Kampala Integrated Flood Management project, Ugandan students are participating in a pilot meteorological data collection project. Their data collection activities are part of a larger effort to gauge Kampala's flood risk, and implement an integrated flood management (IFM) strategy and action plan.

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REEEP Calls for Clean Energy Projects with Growth Potential [viewed]

23 August 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has released a Call for Proposals for its ninth programme cycle, focusing specifically on projects with large potential for clean energy growth. As the maximum amount of funding per project is limited to €150,000, REEEP will give preference to projects that can provide proof of co-funding from other sources.

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Fifth CDM Roundtable Discusses CDM Improvement [viewed]

10 August 2012: The fifth Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Roundtable, which was organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, was attended by relevant stakeholders. Participants heard presentations and had the opportunity to discuss key elements for CDM enhancement.

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Dominican Republic Launches National Climate Change Capacity Building Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn7 August 2012: The Dominican Republic has formally launched its National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development, which was developed with assistance from the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change (UN CC:Learn). 

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UN-REDD Highlights National Progress on REDD+ in Ecuador and Indonesia [viewed]

23 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) has released the August edition of its newsletter, which reports on the launch by Ecuador of its national UN-REDD programme and a workshop held in Indonesia to solicit the views of stakeholders on the potential co-benefits of REDD+.

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GEF Supports Renewable Energy Power Project in India [viewed]

GEF8 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support a new solar technology project in India to tap its extensive solar energy potential using concentrating solar heat (CSH) technology systems. 

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Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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UNDP Administrator Stresses the Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

15 August 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark delivered the University of Canterbury's Hopkins Lecture in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which she addressed the theme “Building Resilience: The Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Workshop to Further the Understanding of NAMAs by Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC13 August 2012: The UNFCCC has released the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.2) of a workshop to further the understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, underlying assumptions, and support needed for implementation of these actions. The report contains a summary of the workshop presentations and the exchanges of views.

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