Capacity Building & Education

Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Takes Stock of Paris Outcome [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University22 December 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services (IISD RS) has released the final French language bulletin in a series that focused on the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which convened in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The seventh bulletin takes stock of the Paris Agreement and accompanying COP decision.

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UNEP DTU Provides Guidance in NAMA Prioritization [viewed]

unep-dtu21 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has released a publication aimed at helping national stakeholders in the nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) prioritization process. Titled 'Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Developing a Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Process for Prioritization of NAMAs,' the publication presents MCDA as a tool to help policymakers rank or short-list NAMA options.

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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UNIDO, GEF Provide Mitigation Training to CIS Experts [viewed]

GEF UNIDO7 December 2015: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop to train experts from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to develop programmes for climate-change mitigation. Approximately 40 participants from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine received training in building programmes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to promote the uptake of clean technologies and other mitigation actions.

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Advisory Group Highlights Sustainable Transport for Addressing Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations7 December 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, including leaders from the public and private sectors and representing all modes of transport, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, government representatives and other stakeholders on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, aiming to advance implementation of climate-related solutions. The 16 members of the Group asserted that, through innovation in operations, policy and technology, the transport sector can lower emissions while ensuring access to markets, services and social interaction for people.

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UNFCCC COP 21 Adopts Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iisd12 December 2015: On 12 December 2015, in Paris, France, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1), a universal, legally-binding agreement to take effect from 2020. Commenting on the new Agreement, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, stated, "The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort."

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COP 21 Side Events Address African Youth, SDGs, International Mountain Day on Final Day [viewed]

afric_cop2112 December 2015: Following intensive consultations and bilaterals, UNFCCC COP 21 concluded on Saturday, 12 December 2015, with the adoption of the Paris Agreement and associated decision (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1). On 11 December, a number of side events took place on the final official day of COP 21.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Atlas Predicts Climate Impacts in Five Asian River Basins [viewed]

ICIMOD11 December 2015: Three international scientific research agencies have published an atlas describing the impacts of climate change in five Asian river basins. Commemorating International Mountains Day (IMD), the publication, titled ‘The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia's Major River Basins,' was launched at a side event to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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