Capacity Building & Education

UN-HABITAT Report on the State of Arab Cities Focuses on Urban Transition [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released the 2012 edition of its regional report the State of Arab Cities on the theme “Challenges of Urban Transition.” The report notes that, although urban slums are decreasing and urban innovations are being introduced, the region still faces major challenges, including high youth unemployment rates and climate change.

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UNFCCC Newsletter Focuses on Bonn Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the May issue of its Newsletter, which focuses on the Bonn Climate Change Conference that will take place from 14-25 May 2012, in Germany. It provides an overview of the key issues to be addressed by negotiators at the meeting relating to adaptation, mitigation, finance, capacity building and technology.

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UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report Focuses on Progress in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012:  The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for Asia Pacific, titled "One Planet to Share – Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate." The report emphasizes that, to achieve a shift to a greener economy, countries in the region will need to change their production patterns, including in the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors. 

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Event: First Meeting of the Joint Implementation Designated Focal Points Forum (DFP Forum) [viewed]

The purpose of this first meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Designated Focal Points (DFP) Forum is to provide a platform for representatives of DFPs and national focal points (NFPs), as well as other stakeholders, to: discuss, enhance and harmonize the implementation of JI; coordinate their liaison with the JI Supervisory Committee (JISC); and to provide capacity building and experience sharing exercises. During this first meeting, the DFP Forum will hold open sessions to interact with project developers, accredited independent entities and NGOs. The deadline for stakeholder registration is 11 May 2012.  

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FAO Note Provides Overview of Agriculture in UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

FAO9 May 2012: Ahead of the first UNFCCC climate change negotiations since the Durban Climate Change Conference concluded in South Africa at the end of 2011, the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a note that aims to help participants follow the UNFCCC agenda items relevant to agriculture.

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UN CC:Learn Workshop Focuses on Strengthening Climate Change Learning in the Dominican Republic [viewed]

UN CC:Learn25 April 2012: The Dominican Republic held a workshop on “Developing Results-based Action to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development,” which was organized within the framework of the UN CC:Learn Project on “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change.”

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UNDP Hosts Regional Dialogue on Climate Change Finance in Africa [viewed]

UNDPApril 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) recently hosted a regional dialogue on climate change finance in Africa that aimed to build the capacities of countries to better plan, access, deliver, monitor, and report on climate finance. The meeting brought together government representatives from Ministries of Finance and Environment from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

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PROVIA Invites Comments on Global Research Priorities [viewed]

PROVIA30 April 2012: The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), a joint UN initiative, has announced it has released a draft headline listing of global research priorities in vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA).

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EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy Sees Declarations on Urbanization, Energy Security, and Electricity Markets [viewed]

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang3 May 2012: European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met in Brussels, Belgium, in the First EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy, which saw the signing of a number of agreements and declarations.

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Informal Ministerial Meeting on the Durban Platform Calls for Building on Durban's Momentum [viewed]

Durban Climate Change Conference - November 20115 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Meeting on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, held at the invitation of Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and President of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, expressed determination to build on the momentum of the Durban Conference and achieve a strong outcome in Doha, Qatar, at COP 18.

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