Capacity Building & Education

Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Initial Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts is expected to develop its initial two-year workplan for implementing the mechanism, including the scheduling of meetings. The meeting will be open to observers. The Warsaw international mechanism aims to: enhance knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage, including slow onset impacts; strengthen dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders; and enhance action and support, including finance, technology and capacity building. It is further expected to: support actions to address loss and damage; improve work coordination under the UNFCCC's existing bodies; convene meetings; develop, compile, analyze and review information; provide technical guidance and support; and make suggestions on enhancing engagement, actions and coherence under and outside the Convention. The Executive Committee will include balanced representation between developed and developing countries, including two representatives from each of the following Convention bodies: the Adaptation Committee, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group, the Standing Committee on Finance, the Technology Executive Committee and the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.  

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ITTO Approves $2.4 Million for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, Trade and Transparency [viewed]

ITTO logo6 March 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has announced its project portfolio under its Thematic Programmes on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (TFLET) and Trade and Market Transparency (TMT).

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Event: Towards the Implementation of the ECOWAS RE and EE Policies and the SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and its partners, will see the launch of National Action Plans for implementing ECOWAS renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, as well as the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The event will bring together stakeholders from ECOWAS member States to discuss national action plan processes. The event will also bring in experiences from the EU and other key partners in implementing renewables, energy efficiency, and SE4ALL policies.  

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Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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FAO Coordinates Webinar on Gender Dimensions of Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO4 March 2014: With the goal of better understanding the gender dimensions of climate-smart agriculture, a month-long online webinar was held in February 2014 coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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Africa Environment Day Focuses on Combating Desertification [viewed]

africanunionlogo3 March 2014: Organized under the theme of 'Combating Desertification in Africa: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Food Security,' the 12th Annual Africa Environment Day brought into focus the negative effects of land degradation on Africa's food security.

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February 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance27 February 2014: During the month of February, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the GEF and the Adaptation Fund announced funding for climate-related projects or published reports on climate finance.

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Adaptation Fund Finances Projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan [viewed]

Adaptation Fund26 February 2014: Following contributions from Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the Brussels Region, the Adaptation Fund has approved financing for US$17 million worth of projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan, all of which will be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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