Capacity Building & Education

Event: NENA Soil Partnership Conference [viewed]

The Near East-North Africa (NENA) Soil Partnership will bring together representatives from NENA national soil institutions to help advance the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in the region. The conference aims to: take stock of the status, needs and priorities for promoting sustainable soil management in the NENA region; institutionalize the NENA Soil Partnership by establishing its secretariat and a steering committee; present the results and gaps of Phase I of the NENA Soil Information System; and define a roadmap for implementing the Partnership.  

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FAO Booklet Features 10 CSA Best Practices from Around the World [viewed]

FAO6 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet showcasing ten best practices from its climate smart agriculture (CSA) approach to the crop, fishery, forestry and livestock sectors. The report, titled ‘FAO success stories on CSA,' stresses the urgency of tackling climate change and safeguarding food security to boost farmers' resilience and adaptation to climate change and illustrates how rural communities are already transitioning to farming practices that are better suited to a warming world.

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IOM Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change and Migration, SIDS [viewed]

iomlogo5 June 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights adaptation, abilities, alliances and action in its environmental migration newsletter, titled 'Migration the Big Issue: Migration, Environment, Climate Change.' The issue considers these themes in relation to small island developing States (SIDS), presenting articles on disaster risk management (DRM), human mobility and climate change, partnerships and recent efforts toward solutions.

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AUC Chair Launches Common African Position on the Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNECA AU4 June 2014: The African Union Commission (AUC) Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma officially launched the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The launch took place on 3 June, at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and sought to engage African stakeholders, enhance ownership of the CAP and strengthen partnerships with non-African stakeholders.

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Event: CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa [viewed]

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Zero Draft with 17 SDGs [viewed]

owg2 June 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued the "zero draft" of goals and targets. Titled ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda,' the zero draft proposes 17 SDGs to be attained by 2030, as well as associated targets.

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UNECA Workshop Discusses Statistics for Development [viewed]

UNECA29 May 2014: Participants in a UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) workshop highlighted the role of development statistics in providing evidence to structure Africa's transformation. Participants stressed that statistics for development must be communicated in simple formats that can be understood and used by policy makers. The workshop on disseminating and communicating statistics took place in Niamey, Niger.

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Outlines Fiduciary Standards for Accessing Climate Finance [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a report aimed at assisting developing country climate finance institutions in accessing funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Adaptation Fund (AF). The report, titled 'Direct Access to International Climate Finance and Associated Fiduciary Standards,' compiles the minimum fiduciary standards required by these Funds and uses case studies to illustrate necessary supporting documentation.

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Describes Transformation of Existing Fund into NCFI in Benin [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a ‘Case study of the National Environment Fund Benin (FNE).' The report describes the transformation of an existing entity, FNE, an institution originally designed to mobilize international and national funding sources for national environmental projects, into a national climate finance institution (NCFI), the National Fund for the Environment and Climate (FNEC), which addresses climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as environment and development efforts.

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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