Capacity Building & Education

Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Event: MAB-Pro-Natura Congo Basin Biosphere Bio-Carbon Forum and Training Seminar [viewed]

This UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seminar will train biosphere reserve managers and MAB partners in bio-carbon project design and management. It will bring together regional stakeholders to discuss concrete steps toward strengthening the biosphere reserve network in Central Africa and using Congo Basin biosphere reserves as pilot sites to combat deforestation, protect biodiversity, and promote sustainable development through bio-carbon modalities.  

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WFP Launches Tree-Planting Initiative in Tajikistan [viewed]

7 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a tree-planting initiative in Tajikistan, which aims to secure a future source of food for the hungry poor, as well as offset some of WFP's carbon footprint. In two food-insecure areas of Tajikistan, the west and in the eastern Rasht Valley, WFP has given 800 families 40 trees each of the following varieties: apricot, pomegranate, cherry, mulberry, almond, pistachio and pine.

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UNDP Global Event Focuses on Capacity Development [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Morocco hosted a global event on "Capacity is Development" from17-19 March 2010, in Marrakesh. The event brought together world and community leaders, including development practitioners, from the North and South to discuss policies, institutional reforms and investment decisions that have enabled capable States and societies to sustain human development.

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Event: Seminar on environmental migration and climate change [viewed]

This seminar is part of the UNITAR Migration and Development Series. Over 20 million people were displaced by sudden-onset climate-related disasters in 2008 alone. Estimates have suggested that between 25 million to one billion people could move as a result of climate change over the next 40 years, with 200 million being the most widely cited figure. This one-day seminar aims to present a nuanced picture of the interrelation between migratory decisions and environmental degradation, exacerbated through climate change; and bring together the migration, development, climate change and environment perspective. This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. UN staff and interested representatives of civil society and the private sector.  

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UN to Launch UN Development Assistance Framework in China [viewed]

29 March 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has announced that the UN, in cooperation with the Government of China, will launch the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for China 2011-2015, on 1 April 2010, in Beijing, China. A key overall focus area is that the Chinese Government and other stakeholders ensure environmental sustainability, address climate change, and promote a green, low carbon economy.

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UNITAR and Yale University Call for Papers [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University have announced a call for papers for the second Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, which will take place at Yale University, New Haven, US, from 17-19 September 2010. The Conference will focus on the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

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GBEP's Technical Working Group on Bioenergy Technologies Meets [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convened the sixth Technical Working Group meeting of the Task Force on Financing, Capacity Building and Technology Cooperation for Sustainable Bioenergy in The Hague, the Netherlands. The working group is tasked with aiding in the deployment of technologies for sustainable bioenergy development.

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Event: UNITAR-Yale Conference on Climate Change Governance [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University, US, on the theme of "Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy." The Conference aims to examine the role of institutional structures and decision-making procedures in fostering or impeding low carbon and climate resilient development.  

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Event: Land Day 3 [viewed]

The UNCCD Secretariat is organizing Land Day 3 to meet in parallel with the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10).  

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