Capacity Building & Education

World Meteorological Conference Opens with Support for Global Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

17 May 2011: The 16th World Meteorological Conference, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16 May-3 June 2011, will set the priorities and budget for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and consider the proposed Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS).

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UN Programmes and Partners Launch Online Platform for Adaptation and Mitigation Innovation and Technology [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme Risoe Centre (UNEP Risoe), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Joint Implementation Network (JIN, the Netherlands), have created ClimateTechWiki, an online platform to support adaptation and mitigation innovation and technology.

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Proposed Agenda and Draft Work Programme for CDM EB 61 Released [viewed]

16 May 2011: The proposed agenda, annotated agenda and draft work programme for the 61st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB 61), to be held from 30 May-3 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website.

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Documentary Series to Showcase Pacific Renewable Energy Experiences [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has commissioned a documentary series to showcase the experiences of 11 Pacific island countries in their efforts to achieve their renewable energy targets or goals.

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UNIDO Study Outlines Opportunities and Challenges for African Agribusiness and Agro-industries [viewed]

13 May 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published a study, titled “Agribusiness for Africa's Prosperity,” which focuses on the opportunities and challenges for African agribusiness and agro-industries.

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Cooperative Activities [viewed]

11 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.3) summarizing cooperative activities with UN entities and intergovernmental organizations, to contribute to the work under the Convention.

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UNESCO Director-General Outlines Preparations for Rio+20 [viewed]

9 May 2011: In her opening statement to the 186th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, outlined UNESCO's preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), its efforts to raise the profile of biodiversity conservation, and its support to efforts to address climate change.

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Global Platform Calls for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and DRR into Development Planning [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) took place from 9-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action.” The meeting built on the findings and recommendations of the 2009 Global Platform's second session, as well as the results of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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