Capacity Building & Education

First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

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Event: CBD Africa Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute and with financial support from Norway, the UK and the UN-REDD Programme. Its purpose is to consult effectively with parties on the development of advice on relevant safeguards for biodiversity, so that REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) actions are consistent with the CBD objectives, and avoid negative impacts on, and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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CCCCC's News Update Reports on Bonn Talks, Regional Developments [viewed]

CCCCCJune 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the eighth and ninth issues of its News Update, which feature international and regional news on climate change-related issues.

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UNHCR Celebrates World Refugee Day [viewed]

World Refugee Day 2011. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.20 June 2011: In a message to celebrate World Refugee Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that since the establishment of the UN refugee agency 60 years ago, the major cause of displacement has been war and prolonged conflicts. He further stressed that nowadays, reasons for displacement also include "extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between these factors and conflict."

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WHO and UNECE Hold Workshop on Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport [viewed]

Kiev City Hall17 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe have co-organized a workshop, titled "Working Together for Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport," which discussed strategies, policies and measures to promote innovative policies to support walking and cycling as increasingly viable and attractive modes of urban mobility.

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Adaptation Fund Board Launches Accreditation Toolkit [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 June 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) launched a toolkit that aims to provide a practical “how-to” guide to assist countries in the accreditation process for their national implementing entity (NIE) for the Adaptation Fund.

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Secretary-General Issues Report on Oceans and Law of the Sea [viewed]

UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the law of the SeaJune 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a report of the Secretary-General on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea,” ahead of the 12th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

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UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2011: The annual World Day to Combat Desertification was marked on 17 June 2011, with events and statements from leaders around the world. The specific focus of the Day was on forests in the drylands areas of the world, in keeping with the International Year on Forests (2011), and guided by the motto: “Forests keep drylands working.”

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State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report Launched [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Forest Europe have collaborated to produce "State of Europe's Forests 2011: Status and Trends in Sustainable Forest Management in Europe," launched during the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (or FOREST EUROPE) held in Oslo, Norway from 14-16 June 2011.

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