Capacity Building & Education

20th AU Summit Discusses MDGs, Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

African Union (AU)28 January 2013: The 20th session of the African Union (AU) Summit met from 21-28 January 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.” Heads of State from 37 countries discussed a range of issues, including peace and security, maternal health, poverty, malaria, climate change, and the post-2015 development agenda.

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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IFAD Announces e-Learning Course on Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

30 January 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a series of training modules focused on smallholders, the environment and climate change developed for actors involved in project design, supervision and implementation.

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Event: WACDEP 4th Technical Coordination Workshop [viewed]

The Global Water Partnership – Southern Africa (GWP-SA) will be hosting this 4th Water, Climate and Development Programme for Africa (WACDEP) Technical Coordination Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop aims at strengthening the exchange of lessons, knowledge sharing and technical coordination of WACDEP implementation among the GWP regions. Expected participants include GWP partners from all participating regions and key stakeholders from the water and climate change sector, namely the African Minsters' Council on Water (AMCOW), ministries, development banks and NGOs. The WACDEP programme is an initiative of AMCOW and involves the major African organizations with competencies in water.  

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FCPF Launches Draft Grievance Toolkit [viewed]

January 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has launched a draft toolbox to assist countries in addressing grievances and disputes arising from REDD+ activities.

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SLoCaT Reviews Megatrends in Transport and Future Directions [viewed]

31 January 2013: A review document by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) considers megatrends in transport, the Partnership's effectiveness towards realizing its objectives, and future directions. The review document was prompted by the 2009 Partnership mandate to review progress within three years of its establishment.

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Event: IEA-RETD Workshop on Communication Strategies for Renewable Energy [viewed]

This meeting will present the results of a scoping study commissioned by the International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement that explored experiences with developing effective communication strategies for renewable energy, and identifying and addressing barriers to increasing effectiveness in the future. The objective of the meeting will be to address the following questions: How can communication campaigns be better prepared and evaluated?; How can audience identification and segmentation be improved?; What goals are most feasible for government communications campaigns? and; What are the most significant barriers to effective communications in the renewable energy sector? The meeting will include a summary of results from the project team and highlight good practice case studies from government, the corporate sector and civil society. These experiences and findings will be discussed in interactive discussion sessions. Finally, the meeting will set out to identify knowledge gaps in renewable energy communications, barriers to improved communications and address ways in which IEA-RETD can tackle these problems. The Communication of Best Practices for Renewable Energies (RE‐COMMUNICATE) project is being carried out for IEA-RETD by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Green Budget Germany / Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS), and the renewable energy communications agency Collings & Monney. Participation in the meeting is open to all, pending space at the event location.  

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Event: Seminar on Climate Change and Forests: Conservation of Tropical Forests towards the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Forestry Products Research Institute (FFPRI) is organizing a two-day seminar on REDD+. Topics will include partnerships with the private sector, robust MRV systems, safeguards, and scaling up of REDD+ activities from the project level to the national level. The first day will host a participatory discussion of private sector investors, the general public and students. The second day will center on technical issues for the benefit of experts, government officials, researchers and students. Waseda University Environmental Research Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are co-organizing the event.  

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LEDS GP Launches No-Cost Finance Advisory Service [viewed]

31 January 2013: The Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) has launched the LEDS Expert Assistance on Finance, a no-cost finance advisory service for developing country government agencies and supporting technical institutes involved in LEDS preparation and implementation.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Two-Year Business Plan [viewed]

UNFCCC1 February 2013: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a two-year business plan, comprising projects aimed at building the Mechanism's success and promoting its use as a tool for low-carbon development.

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