Capacity Building & Education

UNISDR Invites Business' Ideas on DRR and Avoiding New Risks [viewed]

UNISDR2 April 2014: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a month-long online consultation with the international business community, inviting businesses to contribute their expertise and ideas on the role of financial reform, regulation, building codes and incentives to allow business to make safer investments and avoid creating new risk in the process of driving economic growth and development.

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IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area [viewed]

iisd_logo1 April 2014: The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed agreements to ensure the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility. The ELA is a unique, whole-lake laboratory, with 58 lakes used for scientific study of stressors and pollutants on freshwater lakes and watersheds.

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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

IGAD31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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UNESCO Launches Ocean Acidification Website [viewed]

Unesco1 April 2014: Ocean acidification impacts are occurring across the globe, from small islands to large continents and from the tropics to the poles, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO and its partners have launched a website that brings together information on ocean acidification, which is also described as the "other carbon dioxide problem."

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Bioversity Presents Action Plan for Mesoamerican Biodiversity and Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International31 March 2014: Bioversity International has released the 'Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources (PRG) in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change' (SAPM). SAPM provides a ten-year road map for PGR conservation and use as means to improve food security and realize agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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Arctic Council Releases 2013 Overview of Arctic Ocean Acidification [viewed]

Arctic Council28 March 2014: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), an Arctic Council Working Group, has released the 'Arctic Ocean Acidifcation 2013: An Overview,' which is written for the general public and educational purposes in high schools.

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Mitigation Partnership Considers Information Accompanying NDCs [viewed]

MRV11 March 2014: At its 13th meeting, the International Partnership on Mitigation and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) discussed which types of information should accompany UNFCCC Parties' nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in the context of a 2015 agreement.

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UN Participates in Earth Hour, Cape Town Wins City Challenge Award [viewed]

UN goes dark for the Earth Hour 201129 March 2014: The UN switched off all non-essential lighting at its Headquarters in New York, US, from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time in observance of this year's Earth Hour. Other UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and around the world also participated, turning off lights to reduce carbon emissions and call the world to action on climate change.  

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Event: 2014 CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are jointly convening the 2014 CIF Partnership Forum, hosting more than 400 participants from civil society, the private sector, governments, indigenous peoples and academia. A special pre-conference event on 22 June, 'Stakeholder Day,' will be dedicated to discussing progress and challenges in engaging key stakeholders in the CIF's activities. During the conference, panels will address a variety of topics including managing climate change programs and unlocking private finance from mini-grids to REDD+. The CIF is the world's largest group of funds for climate action, channeling $8 billion to low carbon and climate resilient development.  

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Regional Climate Centre for Caribbean Launched [viewed]

WMOusaid27 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean aimed at helping the Eastern Caribbean improve its ability to understand and predict current and future climate-related issues and build capacity for adaptation.

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