Capacity Building & Education

UNEP Risoe Centre Assesses Emission Reduction Opportunities in 15 ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP RISO Centre11 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released a compilation report assessing the status of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) development, capacity building and opportunities in 15 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The report aims to inform decisions on policy making and project development to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the assessed countries and beyond.

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Event: Training Workshop of the National Coordinators of COMIFAC [viewed]

The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) is convening a workshop to share experiences and identify best practices with regard to the functions, forms and roles of the national coordinators. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for COMIFAC to report on its activities to the national coordinators while developing further mechanisms for information exchange with and among them.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Zambia [viewed]

This meeting aims to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF agencies.  

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for African Anglophone LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop aims to provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 28 July, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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UN-HABITAT Supports Learning on Land Dispute Resolutions in Post-Conflict Africa [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 June 2013: In an effort to share the lessons countries have learned from using tools to deal with land disputes in post-conflict settings, UN-HABITAT organized the 'Workshop on land disputes resolution: learning from country experiences', in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-13 June 2013.

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AfDB's High Level Panel on Fragile States Discusses Improved Engagement [viewed]

AfDB14 June 2013: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) High Level Panel on Fragile States met to discuss improving AfDB engagement with fragile states, commissioning analytical papers and country missions to inform on key priority areas.

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Education for All Policy Paper Calls for Post-2015 Goal with Specific Financing Target [viewed]

unesco-policy-paper-09June 2013: The Education for All Global Monitoring Report and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics have jointly produced a policy paper that shows that "progress in reducing the number of children out of school has come to a virtual standstill just as international aid to basic education falls for the first time since 2002."

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2013 African MDG Report Highlights African Efforts to Achieve MDGs [viewed]

AfDBMay 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) released the 2013 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Report, titled 'Assessing Progress in Africa toward the MDGs.' The report confirms the positive impact of poverty reduction and steady economic growth on MDG progress, recognizes progress towards goals and targets and highlights remaining challenges. The report includes a themed focus on food security.

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Bioversity International Calls for Fellows on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity International17 June 2013: Bioversity International has issued a call for the 2013 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship, which supports research on understanding the status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species, and methods for conservation and sustainable management of genetic resources of important tree species.

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UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa [viewed]

unhabitat-unisdr15 June 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

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