Capacity Building & Education

UNITAR Adopts Climate Neutral Policy [viewed]

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8 December 2008: On 2 December 2008, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) promulgated its first 2008-2009 Climate Neutral Policy and Strategy, which was formulated in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call and the 2008 decision of the UN Chief Executives Board to move the UN System towards climate neutral operations over the coming years.

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UN-REDD and NORAD Call for Proposals on REDD [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has opened a funding window for civil-society and non-governmental organizations involved in projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The call is issued under UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme. Support will be granted for two categories of projects: analysis, strategy and policy development for REDD; and demonstration projects on the ground that contribute to REDD in developing countries.

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UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Gains Participants [viewed]

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7 December 2008: On the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a coalition of public, private and governmental entities, has gained new participants. 

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UNEP Risø Centre Launches “A Reformed CDM – Including New Mechanisms for Sustainable Development” [viewed]

8dec08risoe_logo_ 4 December 2008: At a side event to the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) held a side event on “Perspectives on Future Directions and Capacity Development Needs.” The event was the occasion for the launch of a URC publication, “A Reformed CDM –including new Mechanisms for Sustainable Development,” which explores how to reform the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in a post-2012 climate regime.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Asia to Foster Economic Growth While Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

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2 December 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that convened in Hong Kong, China, from 2-3 December 2008, in a video message. He underlined the interrelations between the financial turmoil, accelerating climate change, persistent poverty and hunger, and called on the Asia-Pacific region to play a “leading role” in averting a “human catastrophe.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Winners of CDM Photo Contest [viewed]

 UNFCCC/CDM International Photo Contest 2008 1 December 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the “changing lives” photo contest, which was launched on 17 October to raise awareness of the clean development mechanism (CDM).

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UNDP Releases Bali Action Plan Briefing Documents [viewed]

28 November 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the UN Foundation and the Governments of Norway, Finland and Switzerland, is providing assistance to 20 developing countries to strengthen national capacity to address climate change policy options under the UNFCCC, including investment assessment and financial flows for key sectors. As a major output of this initiative, UNDP has released Bali Action Plan Briefing documents, which are designed to provide policy makers with background information on the four Bali Action Plan building blocks – mitigation, adaptation, technology, and finance – and land use, land-use change and forestry.

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UNEP Releases Climate Change Survey Results [viewed]

HSBC Climate Partnership 27 November 2008: A new survey, in line with an earlier poll of youth carried out by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as a part of UNite to Combat Climate Change campaign, suggests that the environment remains a concern despite the financial downturn.

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WMO to Organize South American Workshop on Implementation of Climate Watch Systems [viewed]

December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing the First Workshop for South American Region on the Implementation of Climate Watch Systems, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 8-11 December 2008.

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UNFCCC Newsletter Released [viewed]

UNFCCC newsletter 26 November 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the final issue of the UNFCCC newsletter for 2008.

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