Capacity Building & Education

UN/ISDR Convenes African Ministers' Conference on DRR [viewed]

23 April 2010: African Ministers attended the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), from 14-16 April 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. Key outcomes of the meeting included the adoption of the Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006–2015) and a Ministerial Declaration.

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Climate Neutral Network Member to Offset Emissions during World Cup [viewed]

23 April 2010: The sportswear company PUMA, a member of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network, has announced plans to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of PUMA-sponsored national football teams taking part in the Football World Cup this summer in South Africa. This includes teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Italy, Switzerland and Uruguay, and represents emissions from a total of 336 players and officials.

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

22 April 2010: Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes leadership in environmental conservation.

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Event: MSI+5 High-Level Review [viewed]

The five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place in September 2010, during the High-Level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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UNCCD and UNDP Discuss Support for Aligning National Action Plans with UNCCD Strategy [viewed]

16 April 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and representatives of the Drylands Development Center of the UN Development Programme (UNDP-DDC) have agreed on a two-year collaborative approach to support the Convention's stakeholders to align their national action plans with the UNCCD 10-year strategy adopted in 2008.

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JISC 21 Report Published [viewed]

16 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 21st meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 21), which was held from 13-14 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

At the meeting, the JISC considered issues relating to the operation of JI, including: collaboration of JISC with others; consideration of the means to enhance outreach activities to improve the overall understanding of JI; consideration of experiences with the JI verification procedure under the JISC, with a view to making improvements for the future operation of JI; and matters relating determination and verification reports.

With regard to the accreditation of independent entities, the JISC considered the second draft JI accreditation standard recommended by the JI Accreditation Panel (JI-AP), which took into account the inputs received from the call for public inputs on the first draft. The JISC adopted the draft as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010, and a grace period of three months for compliance. In this context, it also adopted the JI-AP's recommendation regarding the verification of compliance by independent entities with the JI accreditation standard after the grace period. In addition, the JISC considered the draft JI accreditation procedure, and adopted it as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010. The JISC also considered an information note recommended by the JI-AP and presented by the Secretariat, containing an analysis of the current situation and options for changes of the procedures on witnessing activities in the JI accreditation process. It agreed with the JI-AP's recommendation to maintain one successful witnessing activity before granting accreditation and replace ex-post witnessing activities with performance assessments after accreditation.

On areas for further guidance to be considered by the JISC regarding materiality and revisions of JI documents during project implementation, the JISC took note of the results of, and summary of findings from, the public call for inputs on these two areas conducted by the Secretariat at the JISC's request. It agreed that five JISC members would prepare a first draft text regarding materiality, and that six members would prepare a first draft text regarding changes during project implementation from a determined project design and/or monitoring plan, both drafts to be considered at its next meeting. [JISC 21 Report]

http://ji.unfccc.int/Sup_Committee/Meetings/021/Reports/Report.pdf

UNEP and Indian Premier League Organize Green Cricket Match [viewed]

9 April 2010: The Punjab Cricket Association hosted the first-ever carbon neutral cricket match on 9 April 2010, in Punjab, India. The green match, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Indian Premier League, was part of the “Batting for the Environment” initiative, launched in March 2010.

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Event: Seminar on Climate Change and the Carbon Market for Angolan Officers [viewed]

This UNCTAD TrainForTrade workshop for officers in the Angolan Government will provide an overview on climate change issues. The objective is to transmit relevant knowledge for the implementation of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, thereby strengthening capacity to capture and develop Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects at national and international levels. Contact: mark.assaf@unctad.org  

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Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Event: MAB-Pro-Natura Congo Basin Biosphere Bio-Carbon Forum and Training Seminar [viewed]

This UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seminar will train biosphere reserve managers and MAB partners in bio-carbon project design and management. It will bring together regional stakeholders to discuss concrete steps toward strengthening the biosphere reserve network in Central Africa and using Congo Basin biosphere reserves as pilot sites to combat deforestation, protect biodiversity, and promote sustainable development through bio-carbon modalities.  

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