Capacity Building & Education

UNFCCC Secretariat Produces CDM Radio Stories for Africa [viewed]

17 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has produced five ‘broadcast-ready' radio stories about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for dissemination to radio stations in Africa. The purpose of these stories is to make the CDM understandable and accessible to a broad audience, including community stakeholders, potential project participants and policy makers.

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UNESCO Convenes Caribbean Conference on Climate Change and Ethics [viewed]

10 March 2011: The Caribbean Conference on Climate Change and Ethical Principles, which was held from 8-9 March 2011, in Saint Kitts and Nevis, concluded with policy makers and other delegates vowing to intensify efforts to raise their populations' awareness of climate change and promote behavioral change on related issues.

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UNDP and UNITAR to Strengthen African Participation in Multilateral Negotiations [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have launched a joint initiative to train over 1,100 African negotiators and decision makers on four priority areas related to economic and social development of Africa: financing for development; regional investment and integration; climate change; and peace and security.

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Guest Article #57: Communicating Clearly: Writeshops for Developing Country Scientists [viewed]

Over the last decade there have been numerous calls of alarm at how few peer-reviewed journal articles on environment and development issues are actually authored by developing country scientists. Without doubt, writing an article for peer-reviewed journals is a challenge for everyone. The process is competitive and at times very critical, and many academics decry it as the one of the tortures that comes with the profession. Most of us need years of practice before we can pull off the perfect paper – if we ever reach that stage. But developing country scientists are faced with additional challenges.

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SPREP Announces Pacific Desk for Meteorological Services [viewed]

14 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced that the Pacific Meteorological Services will create a "Pacific Desk" at SPREP to help implement the 10-year strategy for enhanced meteorological services in the region.

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ACP MEAs Project Launches New Website [viewed]

13 March 2011: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) Project has launched a dedicated project website that features links to regional hubs, updates on project activities, information on upcoming events and related publications.

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UNITAR Organizes South African Workshop in Preparation for COP 17 [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation, held a training workshop on climate change diplomacy for officials from various government ministries.

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Event: Climate 2011 / KLIMA 2011 [viewed]

The focus of this online conference is "Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management." Topics will include: climate-smart disaster risk management; climate-smart capacity-building; costs and benefits of climate-smart adaptation; and climate-smart method, tools and technological solutions.  

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UNESCO Launches Portal on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which demonstrates how education helps societies and individuals to achieve sustainability.

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African Climate Policy Centre Calls for Regional Strategy on Climate Change [viewed]

9 March 2011: Youba Sokona, Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), underlined that the impacts of climate change on the African continent are "too severe and multi-faceted to be tackled by national institutions alone," and called for a regional strategy that brings together the common efforts and aspirations of the countries in the region.

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