Capacity Building & Education

CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Report on SE4ALL Decade Presented to UNGA Second Committee [viewed]

SE4ALL17 October 2014: The UN Secretary-General's report on the 'UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All' (SE4ALL) has been presented to the Second (Economic and Financial) Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report (A/69/395), presented on 15 October in New York, US, lays out a global plan of action for the Decade and suggests ways to realize SE4ALL in support of the post-2015 development agenda.

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SOFA 2014 Focuses on Family Farming and Innovation [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: Family farmers are crucial to eradicating hunger and achieving sustainable food security and rural development, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2014, ‘Innovation in Family Farming.' The report highlights innovation as key for family farmers to achieve these goals.

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CTCN Advisory Board Discusses LDC Request Incubator, Budget and CTN Expansion [viewed]

ctcn10 October 2014: At its fourth meeting, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board expressed its full support for a Least-Developed Country (LDC) request incubator programme to recognize the specific needs of LDCs and to assist them in taking full advantage of the CTCN's resources. Board members also discussed increasing collaboration between CTCN and financial institutions, determined that the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and CTCN will finalize the bodies' joint 2014 report, and heard a statement from the presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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UNDP, Partners Announce Climate Change Finance Innovation Award [viewed]

UNDPOctober 2014: The UN Development Programme's Millennium Development Goal Carbon (UNDP MDG Carbon) and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. have announced the 'Climate Change Finance Innovation Award Contest,' which addresses the need for innovative financing concepts for scaled-up mitigation actions.

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CGE Conducts Workshops on UNFCCC Reporting for Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC10 September 2014: As part of its work to build developing country reporting capacity under the UNFCCC, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications for Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) organized two more regional workshops: one for the Eastern European and Asia-Pacific regions and one for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The trainings focused on using the biennial update report (BUR) guidelines available on the UNFCCC website.

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Malawi Develops Primary School Climate Change Curriculum [viewed]

UN CC:LearnSeptember 2014: The Government of Malawi has published a 'Climate Change Sourcebook for Primary School Teachers' in support of its National Climate Change Learning Strategy, developed under the One UN Climate Change Learning (UN CC:Learn) Partnership. The Sourcebook, 22,300 of which have been distributed thus far, promotes integrating climate change education into schools with the goal of shifting an entire young generation of Malawians toward climate-friendly practices, attitudes and behavior.

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Event: Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) [viewed]

The 5th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) is being organized to promote the development, exploration, use and financing of geothermal energy projects. ARGeo - C5, themed 'Geothermal: Solution to Africa Energy Needs,' will serve as an information-sharing platform and will facilitate regional cooperation. The main conference, which will take place 29-31 October, will feature a range of sessions geared toward exploring: risk mitigation; how to attract private developers; fast-tracking projects; stimulating the growth of the industry through investment; and the development, construction and operation of geothermal plants. Participants also have the option of participating in short courses, such as 'Improving Success in Drilling' and 'Financing Geothermal Projects' on 27-28 October. After the conference, an optional field trip on 1-2 November is offered. The African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Project is organizing the conference in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Tanzania. The UNEP-ARGeo Programme is a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that encourages the development of geothermal energy sources in East Africa to realize their untapped potential and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was officially launched in 2010 at ARGeo - C3.  

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ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE Launch 'Gender and Inclusion Toolbox' [viewed]

ccgiar-ccafs-wag15 October 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and CARE International have developed the 'Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research on Climate Change and Agriculture,' an online resource for incorporating gender perspectives into research and climate change projects. The Toolbox includes tested and refined learning activities, exercises, calendars and questionnaires intended to explore such topics as gender roles and women's empowerment.

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ECLAC Evaluates Central America's Progress in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ECLAC8 September 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters in Mexico has launched a study on energy efficiency (EE) in Central America. The publication analyzes the advances made by the region since the approval of the ‘Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy 2020,' in 2007.

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