Capacity Building & Education

FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Outlines Fiduciary Standards for Accessing Climate Finance [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a report aimed at assisting developing country climate finance institutions in accessing funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Adaptation Fund (AF). The report, titled 'Direct Access to International Climate Finance and Associated Fiduciary Standards,' compiles the minimum fiduciary standards required by these Funds and uses case studies to illustrate necessary supporting documentation.

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Describes Transformation of Existing Fund into NCFI in Benin [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a ‘Case study of the National Environment Fund Benin (FNE).' The report describes the transformation of an existing entity, FNE, an institution originally designed to mobilize international and national funding sources for national environmental projects, into a national climate finance institution (NCFI), the National Fund for the Environment and Climate (FNEC), which addresses climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as environment and development efforts.

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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UN and Sesame Street Muppet Launch Campaign to End Open Defecation [viewed]

United Nations28 May 2014: The UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, officially launched a campaign to help end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines. Over one billion people worldwide practice open defecation and 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation, with consequences for their dignity, health and security, particularly for women and girls.

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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FAO Supports Identification of Deep-Sea Species [viewed]

FAO28 May 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the first in a series of guides meant to assist with the identification and reporting of deep-sea by-catch, especially in regard to sharks, rays, skates, chimaeras and cold water corals. The first manual in the series focuses on cartilaginous species in the Indian Ocean. 

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African Group of Negotiators Discuss Approach for Climate Negotiations at ACPC Workshop [viewed]

UNECA20 May 2014: African negotiators discussed approaches for closing the emissions gap and achieving binding commitments on climate change at a workshop hosted by the Africa Climate Policy Center (ACPC) for the African Group of Negotiators (AGN). Participants agreed that a lack of capacity continues to hinder Africa's ability to respond to climate change, including to implement projects, develop policies and access climate funds, and requested the ACPC to compile a narrative of UNFCCC decisions relevant to Africa from 1997 to the present to support them in their negotiation process.

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WFP Dakar Office Reduces Emissions, Lowers Costs [viewed]

World Food Programme27 May 2014: As part of the UN campaign 'Greening the Blue,' the World Food Programme's (WFP) regional bureau in Dakar, Senegal, undertook a campaign to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The WFP office saved US$18,000 and reduced emissions by 24% over the period 2010-2012.

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UNDG Launches Post-2015 Dialogue on Culture and Development [viewed]

Culture and Development Dialogue27 May 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has launched global, national and online consultations on culture and development in the post-2015 development agenda. The consultation is one of six dialogues on implementing the agenda, following thematic and national consultations in 2012-2013. The consultation aims to enable stakeholders to articulate their vision of culture, and make recommendations for integrating it into the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNCCD Convenes Eight Capacity Building Workshops for National Reporting [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Mechanism offered a series of eight workshops between April and May 2014, to build parties' capacity to undertake the 2014 national reporting exercise.

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