Capacity Building & Education

ECOSOC Discusses Climate Change During Annual Substantive Segment [viewed]

© ECOSOC16 July 2009: On 14 July 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) conducted a round table discussion on the theme “Towards a UN comprehensive response to the challenges of climate change” as part of its Coordination Segment, and on 15 July 2009, the Operational Activities Segment opened with a thematic panel discussion on “The current economic, food and climate change crises and their effects on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals: the role of the UN System's support to national efforts.”

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World Bank Carbon Finance Unit Responds to Civil Society [viewed]

© World Bank14 July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, Manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, engaged in an online chat with people from all over the world, responding to queries related to the Bank's work on carbon finance on issues ranging from deforestation to financing clean energy for the poor.

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Ozone Secretariat's Bi-annual Newsletter Addresses Climate Change Issues [viewed]

© Ozone SecretariatJuly 2009: The Ozone Secretariat has released the July 2009 edition of its bi-annual newsletter titled “Centrum.” The issue features climate change related articles on: hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); synergies among the ozone layer, climate change and biodiversity; a workshop on capacity building for African negotiators on climate change; potential synergies for ozone and climate protection at the national level; and the Chicago Climate Exchange and credit for ozone depleting substances (ODS) destruction.

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UNDP Invites Comments on Methodology on Assessment of Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UNDPJuly 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through its Global Project on capacity development for policy makers to address climate change under the Bureau for Development Policy, is developing a Methodology Guidebook and Reporting Guidelines for the assessment of investment and financial flows to address climate change. UNDP is inviting interested experts to provide comments on the methodology. The guidebook is expected to become a living document and will be revised as per countries' experiences in developing analysis of investment and financial flows for greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation.

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The UK Develops a Climate and Development Knowledge Network [viewed]

© DFID3 July 2009: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is developing a multi-million pound “Climate and Development Knowledge Network,” which will deliver an integrated set of knowledge management, research and advisory services on all aspects of climate change and development.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Launches CDM Audio File Service [viewed]

© UNFCCC9 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UNFCCC has launched a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) audio file service, aimed at raising CDM awareness and providing information about the CDM in plain language.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Projects in India and Tunisia [viewed]

© World Bank 30 June 2009: The World Bank has approved two energy efficiency projects: one in India to replace centrifugal chillers; and one in Tunisia to develop a market for energy efficiency products.

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UNESCAP Convenes Green Growth Seminar for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAP28 June 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) convened the first “training of trainers” seminar on low carbon and green-growth development for policy makers, from 22-27 June 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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ITTO Awards Fellowships for Climate-Related Activities [viewed]

© ITTO June 2009: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) awarded 23 fellowships in June 2009, four of which were awarded to recipients for climate change-related activities, namely: undertaking laboratory training in methods to quantify carbon sequestration in afforestation plantation; and attending courses in forest ecosystem and climate change management, climate change and desertification, and climate change and development.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Week NYC [viewed]

© ENB23 June 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a joint press conference in New York, US, on 23 June 2009, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project, to highlight major events in the last quarter of 2009 to promote action on climate change.

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