Capacity Building & Education

European and US Local Authorities Agree on Climate Action [viewed]

5 October 2010: Mercedes Bresso, President of the EU Committee of the Regions, and Elisabeth B. Kautz, President of the US Conference of Mayors, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation on climate action on 5 October 2010.

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UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign Launches in Kuwait [viewed]

4 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign, in the Arab region, at the General Assembly meeting of the Arab Towns Organization.

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Event: World Habitat Day 2010: Better City, Better Life [viewed]

The Global Observance of the 2010 World Habitat Day will be held at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. As part of the celebration, a special meeting on the ‘Livable City in a Harmonious Society' will be held. The meeting is one of the six major discussions happening during this week on key urban topics including sustainability, urban development, the environment, economy, cultural heritage, science and innovation. As part of the celebrations worldwide, UN-HABITAT, in partnership with the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), is holding a special event in the areas where floods were caused by heavy rains in recent years in Mutarara village, located in the central province of Tete, Mozambique. The event will screen two films: one titled ‘The Change,' on the causes, effects and adaptation measures to cope with climate change; and a second titled ‘The River,' which features how people living near the Limpopo river in the southern part of the country have adapted to live with floods.  

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UNITAR and UNDP Hold Climate Change Training Workshop for Arab Countries [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a three-day training workshop on climate change for Arab countries, from 27-29 September 2010, in Jordan.

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Yale-UNITAR Conference on Environmental Governance Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University held their second Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy around the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

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Greening the Blue Website Wins Award [viewed]

27 September 2010: Greening the Blue, the website covering all issues relating to the UN's sustainability performance, has won an international award for "best website."

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WWAP and Partners Organize Film Contest [viewed]

22 September 2010: The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the Mexican Consejo Consultivo del Agua, A.C., are organizing the "Water, Climate and… Action!" short film contest.

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Event: Energy Efficiency and Access Forum [viewed]

The Energy Efficiency and Access Forum is organized by the Mexican Secretary of Energy, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The event is being organized in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún to take place in December of this year. The debate will center around three main topics: norms and standardization; capacity building and dissemination of information to the public; and successful programs from Mexico and other countries.  

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UN DESA Releases Report on Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

24 September 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a report titled “Trends in Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, 2010.”

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UNFCCC Publishes Results of Second Phase of NWP Implementation [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary of the results (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/10) of the second phase of the implementation of the Nairobi work programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change for the period up to the 32nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 32).

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