Capacity Building & Education

UNDP Hosts Regional Dialogue on Climate Change Finance in Africa [viewed]

UNDPApril 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) recently hosted a regional dialogue on climate change finance in Africa that aimed to build the capacities of countries to better plan, access, deliver, monitor, and report on climate finance. The meeting brought together government representatives from Ministries of Finance and Environment from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

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PROVIA Invites Comments on Global Research Priorities [viewed]

PROVIA30 April 2012: The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), a joint UN initiative, has announced it has released a draft headline listing of global research priorities in vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA).

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EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy Sees Declarations on Urbanization, Energy Security, and Electricity Markets [viewed]

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang3 May 2012: European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met in Brussels, Belgium, in the First EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy, which saw the signing of a number of agreements and declarations.

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Informal Ministerial Meeting on the Durban Platform Calls for Building on Durban's Momentum [viewed]

Durban Climate Change Conference - November 20115 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Meeting on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, held at the invitation of Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and President of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, expressed determination to build on the momentum of the Durban Conference and achieve a strong outcome in Doha, Qatar, at COP 18.

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CIF Trust Fund Committees Approve Climate Resilience, Renewables and Forestry Projects [viewed]

4 May 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee, the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Sub-Committee, the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee, and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-Committee, and approved new projects on climate resilience, renewable energy and forests.

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IPCC Chair Highlights Role of Sustainable Energy in Improving Human Welfare [viewed]

23 April 2012: The Rio+Solutions website has published a guest article, titled “Sustainable energy for all: A worthy goal,” authored by Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in which he highlights the potential of “sustainable energy for all” to improve human welfare and create large-scale economic benefits.

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UNIDO Director-General to Receive Global Leadership Award [viewed]

3 May 2012: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will be presented with the Global Leadership Award for his work addressing various global issues, including sustainable energy, poverty reduction, climate change and the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Amended New Delhi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC2 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on progress made in, and the effectiveness of, the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2012/3). The report synthesizes information on the efforts of Parties to implement the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention.

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Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council to Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

27 April 2012: High-level political representatives from ten Caribbean islands have formed the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Council, which will focus on sustainable development, including work on climate change and renewable energy, in its cooperation with the EU.

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Event: Dakar: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters – Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

This event is part of a series of briefings that will seek to publicize the findings of the IPCC Special Report SREX to policy makers, practitioners and private sector audiences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a Special Report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX), and launched the report's Summary for Policy Makers on 18 November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012. To follow up on this report, the IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. This event in Dakar, Senegal, is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the West African region.  

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