Capacity Building & Education

Event: Sixth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 6) [viewed]

The sixth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 9-13 December 2013, in New York, US. OWG 6 is expected to discuss: Means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building), Global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries (2 days); and Human rights, the right to development, global governance (1 day).  

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Highlights Geospatial Technology for DRR [viewed]

ICPAC23 August 2013: The 35th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 35), ‘Building Resilience to Climate-Related Risks' highlighted the role of climate outlook forums in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness, and underscored the importance of early warning systems in promoting regional development and security. The Forum also illustrated the increasing use of geospatial technology in DRR.

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Event: Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Co-organized by Bioversity International, Ghana's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other organizations, the 'Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa' will promote knowledge sharing and debate under three themes: improving the resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems; upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species; and creating an enabling environment.  

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G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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DRC REDD+ Knowledge Sharing Benefits COMIFAC Countries [viewed]

COMIFACSeptember 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) released a report on progress in the implementation of the project ‘Sharing of experience among COMIFAC Countries on REDD+: Pilot Projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'.

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World Bank Highlights Market Opportunities in Water and Sanitation for the Poor [viewed]

wsp-ifc29 August 2013: The World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have released a study showing "enormous market potential" in the sanitation business. Through the cases of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Peru, and Tanzania, it argues that these countries together represent a market for improved on-site sanitation services of around US$2.6 billion.

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CIFOR Study Warns Mitigation Without Adaptation Can Heighten Climate Vulnerability [viewed]

afdb-cifor27 August 2013: Researchers from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Wageningen University, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) conducted a study that finds that efforts to mitigate carbon emissions through forest conservation can increase the vulnerability of forest-dependent communities to climate and non-climate stresses.

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West African Students Complete UNU-EHS Training in DRR [viewed]

UNU26 August 2013: Ten students from the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) project participated in a training on emergency preparedness and humanitarian coordination procedures, organized by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The training focused on the role of geo-information in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management.

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Japan Launches Joint Crediting Mechanism [viewed]

Japan Flag22 August 2013: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that the Government of Japan has developed the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), an initiative aimed at facilitating the diffusion of advanced low carbon technologies, products, systems, services and infrastructures.

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UNITAR Assists Swaziland in Sound Chemicals Management [viewed]

Unitar8 August 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) assisted Swaziland's Ministry of Environment in convening the final workshop under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) project on 'Developing an Integrated National Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals and SAICM Implementation in Swaziland.' 

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