Capacity Building & Education

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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UNEP Launches Law and Environmental Ontology Portal [viewed]

unep_informea17 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Law and Environmental Ontology Portal (LEO) at the 6th Multilateral Environment Agreement Information and Knowledge Management (MEA IKM) Initiative Steering Committee Meeting, held from 15-17 September 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. Funded by the European Union, LEO provides an overview of relationships between multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), as well as concepts, definitions and synonyms found in these conventions.

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Tunisia Submits INDC [viewed]

Tunisia Flag16 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Tunisia is the 62nd Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which contains the Party's mitigation objective of reducing its carbon intensity 41% by 2030 compared to its 2010 carbon intensity level. The Party specifies that a 13% reduction is an unconditional goal, but that an additional 28% can be achieved, conditional on support from international financing, capacity building and technology transfer.

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UNFCCC Reports on Gender-Responsive Climate Policy Workshop [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2015/12) for the workshop on gender-responsive climate policy, which was held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2015. The workshop examined how gender considerations are integrated into UNFCCC processes, especially with regard to mitigation action, and technology development and transfer.

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Guest Article #6: Technical Assistance for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in West Africa [viewed]

Seven countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Togo) recently voiced their needs for assistance to meet their national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reporting requirements under the Convention, in accordance with the Cancun and Durban agreements.

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DESA Energy Grant "Shines Light" on Energy Solutions for Childbirth [viewed]

powering_the_future_we_want14 September 2015: The first-ever US$1 million UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Energy Grant has been awarded to We Care Solar, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost, renewable energy for medical services to prevent maternal and child complications during labor in areas without electricity. The ‘Powering the Future We Want' grant aims to expand the use of the organization's ‘Solar Suitcase,' which, by making solar power simple, accessible and affordable, allows for the provision of electricity for medical procedures during childbirth in developing countries.

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Event: ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy and Investment High-Level Forum [viewed]

This Forum will focus on, inter alia: investment opportunities arising from Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans of members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ways to mobilize funds for the implementation of Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans; and public and private sector financing instruments for project implementation. The Forum is also expected to launch the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy 4 All (SE4All) Network, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Project and Financial Navigator in West Africa.

The Forum will: bring together high-level policy and decision makers, project promoters, investors and international partners to discuss relevant interlinkages between an enabling environment and project development and to identify concrete investment opportunities; facilitate matchmaking for investment ready projects; and provide a platform for discussions on next steps to overcome existing barriers to sustainable energy investments in the ECOWAS region.

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the CTI Private Financing Advisory Network, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) are jointly organizing the event. The event is being supported by the Spanish Agency for international Development Cooperation, the Austrian Development Cooperation, the European Union, the UN Agency for International Development, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and IRENA.  

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Event: Regional Workshop on Enhancing Capacities for the Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste Through Regional Delivery in Africa [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region in Nigeria (BCCC-Africa), with funding by the European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE). It seeks to train national officials from 30 African countries who are responsible and/or involved in the e-waste management process at the national level, specifically in the issued related to the Basel Convention.  

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