Capacity Building & Education

Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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UNIDO and Republic of Korea Cooperate on Technology Transfer Project [viewed]

28 December 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have entered into an agreement to cooperate to facilitate the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies to Cambodia.

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Informal Geneva Green Group Formed [viewed]

20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”

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Event: CBD Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, this regional consultation and capacity-building workshop will focus on biodiversity and indigenous and local community aspects of REDD+, including relevant safeguards.  

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Event: International Day for Biodiversity 2011: Biodiversity and Forests [viewed]

On the occasion of the 2011 International Year of Forests, the theme for International Day for Biodiversity in 2011 has been selected to be "Biodiversity and Forests." The global launch of the UN Decade on Biodiversity is also scheduled to take place on this date, in Tokyo, Japan.  

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Event: 63rd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting of the Executive Committee is expected to, among other things, consider funding requests to the Multilateral Fund for activities to implement the requirements of the Montreal Protocol.  

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Event: International Year of Forests [viewed]

Based on Resolution 61/193, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, 2011 has been declared International Year of Forests (IYF). The UN Forum on Forests will serve as the focal point for the implementation of the International Year of Forests, in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and international, regional and subregional organizations and processes as well as relevant major groups.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Funding for Two Projects [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board concluded its 12th session in Cancun, Mexico, back-to-back with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. Board members approved funding for projects in Nicaragua and Pakistan, and for five concepts, from the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia and the Maldives, for financing at its next session.

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ASEAN and US Cooperate on Energy Efficiency Regulation [viewed]

15 December 2010: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Energy are supporting energy regulators in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to establish energy efficiency standards and labeling programmes.

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EU and Pacific Islands Forum Launch Joint Climate Initiative [viewed]

15 December 2010: Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, and Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, launched a "Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change" to mobilize EU member States and international partners to jointly support the reinforcement of Pacific countries' capacity to address the impacts of climate change more efficiently.

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