Capacity Building & Education

UNGA Debates Partnership for African Development [viewed]

UNGA25 October 2013: In a joint debate on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), UN Member States discussed the need for continued international support and cooperation with African countries, with UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe calling NEPAD the "essential blueprint" for promoting African stability.

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Event: Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days [viewed]

This meeting, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will focus on land and water management, particularly technologies, approaches and modalities to secure sustained improvements on the ground that improve resilience. The meeting will target policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers to share and learn together about effective ways to enhance land and water management practices in the region.  

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Event: 13th Meeting of Partners (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) [viewed]

This meeting, which will be convened with support from the Governments of the Netherlands and the US as well as the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), will focus on the theme ‘Forest Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities for Conservation in Central Africa'. The meeting will consider alternative livelihood opportunities in forests, ways and means to combat wildlife trafficking, and new partnership opportunities to balance forest conservation with economic opportunities. The meeting will also facilitate a marketplace for the exchange of innovative ideas and lessons learned on forest management.  

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Event: World Soil Day 2013 [viewed]

Recognizing the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, agreed on a resolution proposing that the 5th of December be celebrated as World Soil Day. This day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing. Under the leadership of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has supported the formal establishment of a global awareness raising platform such as the World Soil Day. The FAO Conference in June 2013 unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested the 68th UN General Assembly to have it officially adopted. The 38th meeting of the FAO Conference, following consideration of proposals endorsed by the FAO Council at its 145th and 146th sessions to observe 5 December as World Soil Day and to declare 2015 as International Year of Soils with the objective of raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security, essential eco-system functions and sustainable development, adopted resolutions 4/2013 and 5/2013 endorsing the events.  

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Africa Climate Conference 2013 Identifies Priority Areas for Research [viewed]

africa-climate-conference-201323 October 2013: The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013) brought together over 300 delegates who adopted a statement identifying four priority areas for research in order to address critical gaps in understanding the African climate system and to bridge the climate science-policy divide.

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Bioversity International Organizes Training Workshops [viewed]

Bioversity International22 October 2013: In an effort to build research capacity on the conservation of neglected and underutilized species (NUS) of domestic and wild food species, Bioversity International has organized a series of training workshops in Africa.

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GEF Commits $4.6 Million to Regional Component of Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

GEF15 October 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has committed US$4.6 million to the project on 'Building Resilience through Innovation and Knowledge Services' (BRICKS), an initiative to promote sustainable land and water management in key landscapes and climate-vulnerable areas of West Africa and the Sahel. The project will advance monitoring and knowledge services, as well as spread lessons and good practices in twelve countries across the region.

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre Newsletter Highlights New Renewable- and Poverty-Reducing Energy Projects [viewed]

fs-unep-centre10 October 2013: The fourth newsletter of the Frankfurt School-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance highlights activities related to a new E-Learning Programme in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, a microfinance institution project in Nepal and Ethiopia, and the UN CC:Learn pilot project in the Dominican Republic, among other items.

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UN CC:Learn Steering Group Recommends Next Implementation Phase [viewed]

UN CC:Learn3 October 2013: The Fourth Steering Group Meeting of the UN CC:Learn reviewed progress made during the 2011-2013 pilot phase of the partnership, which brings together 33 organizations in support of the design and implementation of climate change learning.

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