Capacity Building & Education

Event: World Environment Day 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media.

Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity.

The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network.

WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.  

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CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

cgrfa1526 January 2015: The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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World Economic Forum Addresses Climate Change, Gender, Inequality, Development Goals [viewed]

World Economic Forum24 January 2015: The 45th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting discussed the global economic outlook for 2015 and considered climate change, inequality, gender parity and the development goals, and sustainable development investments, among other issues. The Forum launched several publications and initiatives, including a Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture.

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US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy [viewed]

india.us25 January 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have announced joint measures to boost clean energy in India and international climate action. The two sides announced their plan to cooperate together and with other countries over the next year to conclude an “ambitious” climate agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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AfDB Climate Change Committee Shares Knowledge on COP 20 Outcomes [viewed]

AfDB22 January 2015: The Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a knowledge-sharing seminar at the AfDB's headquarters in Abidjan, Nigeria, to discuss the outcomes of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. The CCCC also addressed expectations for COP 21 to be held in Paris, France, from 30 November - 11 December 2015.

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UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR [viewed]

Unitar13 January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks.

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UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM [viewed]

UnffJanuary 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide.

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Event: C40 Latin American Mayors Forum [viewed]

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, are hosting Latin American mayors for a one-day forum on climate change leadership at the local government level. The Forum will provide an opportunity for cities in the region to announce commitments on climate change in line with the Compact of Mayors. Participants will also share best practices, seek collective strategies, and learn of the technical assistance available to cities complying with the Compact. Mayors from both C40 cities and non-C40 cities in Latin America will be in attendance.  

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Event: Ninth World Urban Forum [viewed]

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

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Event: 7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition [viewed]

The 7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition, focusing on the theme of 'Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts,' will take place from 6-8 July at University College London (UCL), UK. The conference will seek to enhance understanding of how urban contexts shape disaster recovery, and how reconstruction and recovery activities can enhance the functioning of cities. Comprised of keynote presentations, individual paper presentations and thematic round table sessions, the event is designed to bring together researchers and practitioners with the aim of moving forward, and bringing to the attention of decision makers, issues relevant for post-disaster organization and action.  

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