Capacity Building & Education

International Polar Day 2008 [viewed]

International Polar Day - People September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,

which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change

and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including

by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and

the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.

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Nineteenth SPREP Meeting to Address the Implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 [viewed]

Taking action on climate change in the Pacific - regional Action Plan to implement the Pacific Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 August 2008: The nineteenth South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Meeting of Officials, which will be held from 4-12 September 2008, in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, will consider

a number of climate related matters, including the Action Plan for the

implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change

2006-2015. Participants are also scheduled to examine a Plan for Action on the

Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009.

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International Symposium on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia Opens [viewed]

Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization 25 August 2008: A UN-sponsored International Symposium on

Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia, taking place from 25-30 August

in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to develop an agriculture mitigation and adaptation

framework for climate change implementation in South Asia. Participants are

also expected to recommend policy and financial innovations to enable the

implementation of the framework and its integration into the sustainable

development planning of South Asia countries.

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World Bank Launches Film Contest on the Social Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide

documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate

change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).

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ITTO Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop to Focus on Afforestation and Reforestation Projects Development under the CDM [viewed]

August 2008: The International Tropical Timber Organization

(ITTO) is organizing, with the support of the Government of Korea through the

Seoul National University, an Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Afforestation

and Reforestation Projects Development under the Clean Development Mechanism

(AR-CDM), which will be held from 8-12 September 2008, in Seoul, Korea.

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EMG Organizing Workshop on Climate Neutral UN [viewed]

August 2008: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) is

organizing a workshop on Climate Neutral UN, to be held from 1-3 September

2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CBD Caribbean Workshop on Capacity-Building for the Integration of Climate Change Announced [viewed]

Regional and Sub-Regional Capacity-Building Workshops on Implementing NBSAPs and Mainstreaming Biodiversity 20 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that a regional workshop for countries

of the Caribbean region on capacity-building for national biodiversity

strategies and action plans, mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration

of climate change will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, from 3-7 November 2008.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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“New-look” UNFCCC Newsletter Published [viewed]

New-look UNFCCC newsletter

August 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new-look

newsletter, which, in addition to sections on mitigation, adaptation, finance

and technology, includes a special focus on reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and a summary of

key UNFCCC statements.

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Young Somalis Should Engage in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia

12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy

Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in

helping to tackle climate change.

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