Capacity Building & Education

UNIDO and FAO to Develop Regional Forestry Education Program in Southern Africa [viewed]

fao-unido30 November 2013: Officials from the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have gathered with representatives from forestry education and training institutions from Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe for a three-day project development meeting to discuss challenges facing the forestry and wood industries. Discussions at the meeting, held in Georgia, South Africa, from 27-29 November 2013, covered forest depletion, climate change, wasteful logging and wood-processing practices and other issues, with a focus on the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Event: Forging Innovative Partnerships for the Implementation of the GGWSSI Initiative [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC), are organizing this international forum to promote a common vision and participation of partners in the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GWSSI). Invited participants include representatives of the Great Green Wall Initiative and partner countries involved in Africa, global and regional development banks, as well as other financial institutions active in Africa, United Nations organizations, civil society organizations, and the private sector.  

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FAO Holds African Workshop on GHG Monitoring [viewed]

FAO13 December 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held a workshop that brought together high-level staff of 21 African Ministries of Agriculture or Agricultural National Statistical Agencies and Bureaus responsible for national greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting under international climate policy processes, to build their capacity in GHG monitoring.

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GEF, Montreal Protocol Support ODS Reduction Efforts in the Gambia [viewed]

mp-gef-unido9 December 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project aimed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in the Gambia's industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

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Stakeholders' Forum Recommends Gender Equality Goal [viewed]

UN Women Logo9 December 2013: Participants at the Stakeholders' Forum on ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls,' organized by UN Women, called for a stand-alone gender equality goal and for integrating gender equality issues across all future goals in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNODC Develops Guidelines for Ivory Sampling to Combat Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC6 December 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), recently hosted a meeting to develop guidelines for ivory sampling and analysis to be employed at wildlife crime scenes and by forensic laboratories.

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VANTAGE Conference Recommends Increased Natural Capital Valuation in Africa [viewed]

82-vantage-conference6 December 2013: Participants at the International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) in Africa agreed on a draft outcome document that takes stock of progress on natural wealth valuation and accounting, and formulates recommendations on increasing implementation of VANTAGE in Africa.

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Plan of Action Calls for Sustainable and Legal Use of Migratory Birds in Egypt and Libya [viewed]

AEWA5 December 2013: Egypt, with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has agreed to a Plan of Action to ensure that the practice of bird trapping in Egypt and Libya is both sustainable and legal, and to implement efforts to better understand current trends in hunting and trapping. 

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IWMI Analyzes the Uptake of Research for Development [viewed]

IWMI logo25 November 2013: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a study, titled 'The Story Behind the Success: Ten Case Studies Identifying What Led to Uptake of Research for Development,' as part of its efforts to identify characteristics of successful adoption of scientific research on water for agricultural development.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Also known as 'Resilient Cities 2014,' this Forum is organized by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and co-sponsored by UN-HABITAT, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The event will focus on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.  

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