Capacity Building & Education

Bonn Talks Focus on Implementing the Durban Outcome [viewed]

25 May 2012: The first official UNFCCC negotiating session of 2012, after the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) held in Durban, South Africa, took place in Bonn, Germany, from 14 to 25 May 2012. It comprised the 36th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the 15th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the 17th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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UNDP, ILO Hold Consultation on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNDP16 May 2012: The first thematic global consultation on the post-2015 development agenda aimed at fostering dialogue among experts on issues related to growth, structural change, productive capacities, and employment, in light of their impact on the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) [viewed]

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss the advancement of renewable energy. The fifth such conference will be jointly organized with the sixth edition of the United Arab Emirates' World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit 2013, and will follow the IRENA General Assembly meeting. Objectives of the conference are to analyze and highlight the achievements of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which was launched at the WFES 2012, and discuss the contribution of renewable energy to economic development, energy security and mitigation of climate change. The conference is expected to offer a strategic platform to discuss the impact of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC to be held in Qatar at the end of 2012, and the role of renewable energy on economic development, energy security and climate change mitigation. IREC is organized every two years and convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The event will see thousands of participants engaging in dialogues on the policy, finance, business and technology of renewable energy in a series of panel discussions, presentations, speeches and exhibitions. The events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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CCAFS Launches Learning Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

24 May 2012: The Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) South Asia of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Durban Forum on Capacity-building Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

23 May 2012: The Durban Forum on Capacity-building, which was agreed upon at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa, held its inaugural meeting. The Forum aims to facilitate the enhancement of monitoring and review of the effectiveness of capacity building, and to enable Parties and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and share experiences, lessons learned and good practices on the implementation of capacity building activities in developing countries.

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Climate Knowledge Brokers Workshop Focuses on Streamlining Online Information Portals [viewed]

20 May 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has reported on the activities of the second annual Climate Knowledge Brokers workshop, which focused on streamlining the activities of the community of climate and development information websites.

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TERI and Indus Towers Partner on Clean Energy in Rural India [viewed]

12 May 2012: Through its Lighting a Billion Lives Programme (LaBL), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has entered into a five year partnership with Indus Towers, a company that provides passive infrastructure services to telecom operators, have entered into a five year partnership to sponsor clean energy and rural entrepreneurship in 660 villages in India.

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ICLEI, MIT Release Urban Climate Adaptation Survey Results [viewed]

16 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have released the results of the global survey titled “Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning,” in which 468 cities participated.

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UNISDR Extends Making Cities Resilient Campaign, Releases Handbook for Local Leaders [viewed]

14 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced it is extending its "Making Cities Resilient" campaign to 2015. The announcement was made by Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during the 2012 Resilient Cities Congress.

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