Capacity Building & Education

UNEP Announces World Environment Day [viewed]

© UNEP13 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that North American celebrations for World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June, will be hosted in Omaha, Nebraska. Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, will serve as the international host city for this year's World Environment Day, whose theme is “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” and which seeks to encourage nations to reach agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UNITAR and UNEP Collaborate on Climate Change Capacity Building [viewed]

© UNITAR6 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have entered into a collaborative effort to help build capacity for climate change adaptation. Under the partnership, UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment will develop a joint module, based on the training resources developed under the UNITAR's Climate Change Capacity Development project. The new module will then be included in UNEP's Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) training manual.

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UNITAR Centre Holds Climate Change Training Workshop for Latin American Local Authorities [viewed]

2 April 2009: The International Training Centre for Local Authorities/Actors (CIFAL), a training center affiliated to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), held a training workshop on local governments and climate change in Curitiba, Brazil, from 24-27 March 2009.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Announces e-Learning Course on Climate Change Risks and Opportunities for the Financial Sector [viewed]

© UNEPApril 2009: The e-Learning course “Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector,” run by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative Climate Change Working Group, will take place from 8-26 June 2009.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Local Participation in REDD [viewed]

27 March 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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FAO and Finland Develop Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government of Finland have established a €14 million partnership titled “Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate.”

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UNESCAP's Committee on Disaster Reduction Convenes [viewed]

Photo credit: Bangkok UN/ESCAP Information Services

25 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) opened on 25 March 2009, and will conclude on 27 March. Noting that Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region, participants underscored the importance of cooperation among governments in the region for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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ASEM to Hold First Ministerial Conference on Energy Security [viewed]

March 2009: The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 27 EU member States and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat, is organizing the First ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security, to be held from 17-18 June 2009, in Brussels, Belgium.

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UNFCCC Posts Norwegian Document to REDD-Web Platform [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

24 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a new document to its information-sharing web platform related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which was created in response to UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.13 (Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action).

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Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change to Discuss Role of Education and Adaptation Strategies to Cope with Environmental Hazards [viewed]

5th Event Approaching on "Living with Risk"

March 2009: The Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change will be held as a special event of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and will take place on 1 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Panelists will discuss the role of education, training and adaptation and coping strategies used to deal with the world's growing environmental hazards.

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