Capacity Building & Education

CSD 18 Reviews Policies Related to Transport, Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

14 May 2010: Delegates at the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) focused on the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and sustainable consumption and production patterns, and conducted a one-day preparatory committee meeting for the five-year high-level review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UNDP Launches Photo Contest "Picture This: We Can End Poverty" [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched a photo contest titled "Picture This: We Can End Poverty." The competition will feature work carried out in various countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 to demonstrate how ordinary people around the world are addressing their most pressing development challenges.

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UNDP Supports Recording of Climate Change Impacts in Samoa [viewed]

13 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme Initiative to indigenous communities to record the impacts of climate change on their habitat. The videos produced will aim to support climate resilience and grassroots actions for policy change. 

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UN Secretary-General Addresses UN Association of Canada [viewed]

12 May 2010: UN Secretary-General addressed the UN Association of Canada in Ottawa on 12 May 2010, focusing on peacekeeping and climate change. On the latter, while underlining that "we are running out of time," Secretary-General Ban underlined that there is hope because climate change has become a top priority for world leaders.

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CDM Audio Files Available in French [viewed]

11 May 2010: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Audio File Service is now available in the French language.

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UNDP Promotes Energy Access for the Poor through Multifunctional Platforms [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Burkina Faso to promote access to energy as a key component of poverty reduction. The initiative includes the installation of multifunctional platforms, powered by a diesel engine.

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Mediterranean Dialogue Addresses Environment and Renewable Energy [viewed]

26 April 2010: The First Ministerial Conference on the Environment and Renewable Energy within the framework of the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue convened on 26 April 2010, in Oran, Algeria, with representatives from Northern Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Portugal) and five Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia).

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Third Meeting of BASIC Group Issues Joint Statement [viewed]

25 April 2010: The third meeting on climate change of Ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, from 25-26 April 2010. The Group issued a Joint Statement on 25 April 2010.

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UN/ISDR Convenes African Ministers' Conference on DRR [viewed]

23 April 2010: African Ministers attended the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), from 14-16 April 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. Key outcomes of the meeting included the adoption of the Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006–2015) and a Ministerial Declaration.

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Climate Neutral Network Member to Offset Emissions during World Cup [viewed]

23 April 2010: The sportswear company PUMA, a member of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network, has announced plans to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of PUMA-sponsored national football teams taking part in the Football World Cup this summer in South Africa. This includes teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Italy, Switzerland and Uruguay, and represents emissions from a total of 336 players and officials.

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