Capacity Building & Education

UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings [viewed]

UNFCCC9 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties.

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Event: AfricaSolar 2014 [viewed]

Organized by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Burkina Faso, in partnership with the Universities of Ougadougou and Perpignan, the second International Conference on Solar Energy in Africa will convene in Ouagadougou under the theme 'Solar Market in Africa, Strengths and Weaknesses'. The event is expected to bring together around 300 scientists, experts and investors to: assess different solar technologies and related opportunities; and examine the strengths and weaknesses of the solar market in Africa. Topics addressed at the conference are: solar technologies; access to energy in rural areas; energy storage; energy efficiency; and the role of politics, investors and private companies. The conference will seek to bring out concrete recommendations for decision makers and stakeholders on promoting the development of the region's solar market.  

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Mountain Partnership Publication Showcases Costs and Benefits of Mountain Tourism [viewed]

Mountain Partnership8 September 2014: Mountain communities have developed innovative strategies to cope with cultural, economic, environmental and political challenges and develop their tourism industry according to a publication, titled ‘Tourism in Mountain Regions: Hopes, Fears and Realities.' The Mountain Partnership publication features 28 case studies from mountain regions showcasing examples of mountain tourism and offering lessons learned and recommendations on ways to promote sustainable mountain tourism.

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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Learning Event Highlights Adaptation and Resilience Links in African Drylands [viewed]

CGIAR4 September 2014: An event organized by the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security programme (CCAFS) of CGIAR and partners, brought together stakeholders from a diverse range of disciplines working with dryland communities across East and South Africa. Event participants shared experiences on climate change adaptation, particularly related to community-based adaptation (CBA).

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FAO, Equatorial Guinea Cooperate on Fisheries, Food Security [viewed]

fao-guinea-ecuat1 September 2014: Equatorial Guinea's Ministry of Fisheries and Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a US$4 million project that aims to contribute to local food security, ensure quality fish products for domestic and international markets, generate jobs and reduce dependence on fish imports.

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UNEP DTU Spotlights Sustainable Energy Investments in Africa [viewed]

unep-dtu1 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership hosted a seminar, titled ‘Opportunity Africa: Sustainable Energy Investments in Africa - Engaging the Private Sector,' which brought together a range of actors with an interest in sustainable energy activities in Africa. The seminar specifically targeted private and corporate investors, such as pension funds, with an interest in learning more about the investment opportunities, potential risks and barriers, how to overcome them, and potential project partners in the field of sustainable energy in Africa.

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August Water Finance Update [viewed]

erdb-wb-gef-adb-afdb31 August 2014: During the month of August, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans or grants for projects in Laos PDR, Cameroon, South Africa, Armenia and Romania. The World Bank also reported on the implementation of projects in Viet Nam, Zimbabwe and India.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Processes for Participation [viewed]

unredd1 September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, which highlights stakeholder engagement and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cote d'Ivoire.

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