Capacity Building & Education

Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles, South Africa Submit INDCs [viewed]

Bangladesh, Seychelles, Georgia, Belarus, South Africa, Moldova Flags25 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles and South Africa have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 79. In addition, the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measurement, Reporting and Verification) completed a training workshop on INDCs for African anglophone and lusophone countries.

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China and US Agree to Ban Ivory Import and Export [viewed]

china_us_flag25 September 2015: The Governments of China and the United States said they would enact nearly complete bans on the import and export of ivory as part of efforts to end the global trade in ivory and combat wildlife trafficking, according to a White House press release.

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Roundtable Underscores Role of South-South Cooperation in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

south_south_cooperation26 September 2015: Participants highlighted the role of cooperation among developing countries in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a High-level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and China's President Xi Jinping.

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Montenegro, Mauritania, Ghana Submit INDCs [viewed]

ghana_mautitania23 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Montenegro, Mauritania and Ghana have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 68. In their submissions, Montenegro, Mauritania and Ghana commit, respectively, to reduce emissions by 30%, 22.3% conditionally, and 45% conditionally, all by 2030. Montenegro's target is in comparison to 1990 levels, and the latter two use a business as usual (BAU) reference level.

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High-Level Panel's Study: Technology Bank Will Be a “Game-Changer” for LDCs [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2015: A high-level panel commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded that a Technology Bank to support science, technology and innovation (STI) in the world's poorest and least developed countries (LDCs) is “feasible and desirable.” The Technology Bank is expected to contribute to accelerating poverty eradication, sustainable development and structural transformation in LDCs.

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Broadband Report Discusses ICTs in 2030 Agenda [viewed]

21 September 2015: The 2015 report of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development provides a snapshot of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Industry with regard to fixed and mobile broadband deployment, affordability and usage, and their utility in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ‘State of Broadband 2015: Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development' assesses both the progress made in broadband connectivity and remaining challenges and targets, including in the fields of education, content and multilingualism.

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea Submit INDCs [viewed]

comoros_grenada_equatorial21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 65. All three INDCs address both mitigation and adaptation.

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IMO Holds Workshop on Shoreline Clean-up and Waste Management for 10 African Countries [viewed]

imo_giwacaf_ipieca18 September 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a sub-regional workshop on shoreline clean-up and waste management operations for participants from 10 French-speaking African countries.

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FAO Invites Entries for International Year of Soils 2015 Video Contest [viewed]

fao_iys18 September 2015: As part of events marking the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a video contest on the theme ‘Farmers Sustainable Soil Management Practices for Boosting Healthy Soils.' The deadline for submissions is 12 October 2015.

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