Capacity Building & Education

World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum Pledges to Work Towards Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.

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UNEP Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

18th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment 17 July 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP),

with the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, launched its eighteenth International

Children's Painting Competition on 17 July 2008.

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Synergies between Climate Change and Humanitarian Communities [viewed]

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July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs

Segment opened on 15 July 2008, and organized its discussions around the theme

“Building capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian

assistance, including disaster risk reduction.” Council Vice-President and Segment President Park

In-Kook (Republic of Korea) opened discussions by noting that this year's

Segment provided the international humanitarian community with an opportunity

to reflect on how to respond to the food crisis and the humanitarian

implications of disasters.

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OCHA-UN/ISDR: Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response – Guidance and Indicator Package for Implementing Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework [viewed]

July 2008. The UN Office for the

Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched, in collaboration with

the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Secretariat, a

document for the implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Priority Five

(disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels).

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WIPO to Host IP and MEA Symposium [viewed]

11 July 2008: The World Intellectual Property Organization

(WIPO) will hold a symposium on Patent Landscaping and Transfer of Technology

under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on 26 August 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNFCCC Launches Fellowship Programme [viewed]

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July 2008: The UN Climate Change Secretariat has announced the launch of its

fellowship programme, which aims to contribute to building capacity for

addressing climate change in parties not included in Annex I to the Convention,

in particular parties that are small

island developing States or Least Developed Countries.

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Exhibit on Amazon Forest and Climate Change Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'

Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on

10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

Nairobi Work Programme Moves from First to Second Phase

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July 2008: The July 2008 issue of the

Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate features stories on: the Nairobi Work

Programme's entry into its second phase; action pledges to carry out adaptation

work; calls for action; the adaptation practices interface, which at present

focuses on capacity building and practice; engagement with the private sector

on adaptation; and upcoming 2008 work programme activities and meetings.

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