Capacity Building & Education

Event: Launch of UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

To promote actions that will protect the world's drylands from further deterioration and degradation into deserts, the United Nations will launch the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification on 16 August 2010. The Decade will be launched during the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions. The Decade of events are spearheaded by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN Secretariat in New York, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other relevant UN bodies.  

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Greening the Blue Poll Shows Support for Purchase of Carbon Offsets [viewed]

4 August 2010: An informal poll carried out on the UN Greening the Blue website shows support for the UN purchasing of carbon offsets.

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Event: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment [viewed]

This Conference is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), together with the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the GIS Society of Ethiopia (GSSE). It aims to bring together scholars and professionals from the African and international geo-spatial information science community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experience. The Conference is organized around four themes: food and water security; energy resources; disaster risk reduction; and marine and coastal management.  

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Event: Fourth UN International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology [viewed]

The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER Programme (UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response), together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are organizing this workshop to promote the access and use of space-based technologies and solutions for disaster management and emergency response within relevant communities. The theme of the workshop is: The 4C - Challenge: Communication - Coordination - Cooperation - Capacity Development.  

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Event: Climate Change Awareness Policy for Public Broadcasting [viewed]

This training meeting is organized by the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and it encompasses climate change journalism, broadcaster responsibility, programme evaluation and agreement on a universal template for internal broadcasting policy for 10 broadcasters. This training workshop is sponsored by the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), a multilateral forum in the UN system that seeks to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries.  

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Event: UNITAR Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

This Workshop is being organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Olof Palme Memorial Fund as part of UNITAR's 2010 Negotiation Series “Towards levelling the playing field.” It aims at equipping delegates, particularly from developing countries, least developed countries and small island States, with the skills and knowledge needed to perform efficiently in multilateral negotiations related to environmental sustainability and climate change.  

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US Mission to the UN in Geneva Goes Green [viewed]

21 July 2010: The US Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced it will be greening their grounds in August 2010, with the help from nine landscape architecture students.

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UNDP Finalizes Project to Protect Mountain Forests in Tanzania [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tanzania have successfully concluded a seven-year project, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aimed to protect the biodiversity of forestland of the Eastern Arc reserve in Tanzania, 70% of which had been destroyed due to crop shifting and timber harvesting.

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IRRI Releases July-September Edition of Rice Today [viewed]

July 2010: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of Rice Today, which includes an article on the impacts of variable climate on rice crops in California.

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UNDP Nigeria Calculates its Carbon Footprint [viewed]

UNDP18 July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Nigeria has started a series of programmes to raise awareness about the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to explore reduction options.

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