Capacity Building & Education

Event: UNITAR/WTI Course on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

This course is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and World Trade Institute (WTI) as part of their suite of joint e-Learning courses on international trade policy and regulation. The aim of the course is to explore key legal and economic issues arising from the climate change debate, including the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that address climate change. It will also examine the legality under international trade rules, of domestic and international trade measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and measures designed to influence the behavior of trading partners. The course will begin on 20 June, and continue until 15 July.  

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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C3D+ Partners Discuss Capacity Building for Research and Training Institutions in Developing Countries [viewed]

20 May 2011: Partners of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-coordinated project “Capacity Development for Adaptation to Climate Change and GHG Mitigation in Non-Annex I Countries” (C3D+) met from 18-20 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider how the capacities of research and training institutions in developing countries can be strengthened to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Systems in Lebanon [viewed]

UNDP24 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Spain, is supporting the project "Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO)," which aims to increase use of renewable energy sources, provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and reduce the consumption of national electricity supplies.

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/6) on the second part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will take place from 7-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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Sandwatcher Newsletter Reports on Indian Ocean Workshop [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the April 2011 issue of "The Sandwatcher." The newsletter describes activities undertaken by Sandwatch network groups worldwide, including the Sandwatch Regional Indian Ocean Workshop held on Mahe, Seychelles, in October 2010.

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Small Islands Exchange Lessons on Climate Change, DRR [viewed]

24 May 2011: Opening the conference titled “Lessons for Future Action: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island States,” Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, urged participants to share lessons learnt on climate change and disaster risk management, so small island developing States (SIDS) can strategize for a better future in the face of climate change.

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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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