Capacity Building & Education

CITES AC28 Makes Key Recommendations with Regard to Trade in Listed Species [viewed]

ac284 September 2015: The twenty-eighth meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) addressed a lengthy agenda, agreeing on guidance with regard to the sustainable trade of snakes, tortoises and freshwater turtles, sharks and rays, and the queen conch. The Committee's Review of Significant Trade concluded that current trade in polar bears is not harming the species, while Kenya and Namibia agreed to provide the Committee a detailed analysis of trade in African lions to inform the species' listing.

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G20 Energy Sustainability Group Discusses Energy Access Action Plan [viewed]

g20-turkey3 September 2015: In its third meeting in 2015, the Group of 20 (G20) Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) received the draft of an Energy Access Action Plan, prepared by the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. G20 energy ministers are expected to endorse the final version of the plan as a voluntary collaboration mechanism in October 2015.

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Post-2015 Summit Delegations Encouraged to Include Young People [viewed]

post2015_summit2 September 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has encouraged all Member States to include young people in their official delegations to the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 agenda. Recalling the encouragement and request also from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kutesa asked delegations to provide details of their youth representatives by 11 September.

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Central African States Consult Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

eccas27 August 2015: The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) held an extraordinary meeting on climate change that concluded with the adoption of a ministerial declaration outlining a common position for Central Africa ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which is scheduled to take place from 30 November - 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.

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FAO Publication Offers Analysis of Forest-Related Challenges in Southern Africa [viewed]

Southern Africa's Forests and PeopleSeptember 2015: Produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) for the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), to be held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the report titled 'Southern Africa's Forests and People' provides a country-by-country analysis of the challenges facing the forestry sector and best practices that have been developed in Southern Africa.

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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Leadership Development Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming DRR and Adaptation in Southern Africa [viewed]

undp_unisdr28 August 2015: The 5th Leadership Development Forum (LDF) on Mainstreaming Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MADRiD), which focused on sub-regional leadership development in southern Africa, aimed to improve understanding of the nature, scope and importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation into national development planning and budgetary processes; and increase social demand and political commitment for integrating DRR and adaptation into economic and social planning processes.

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Researchers Developing Mutant Plant Varieties to Address Climate Change-Related Problems [viewed]

iaea_fao28 August 2015: Researchers from Afghanistan, Mauritius and Pakistan are developing new plant breeds that can withstand harsh climatic conditions such as erratic rains, droughts, disease and relentless heat, and help keep their countries' crops growing strong in the face of climate change.

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August 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Climate1 September 2015: During August 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund reported on climate finance developments, including new funding, project lessons and institutional developments. The World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) and the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) released publications and event news.

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August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Sustainable Energy1 September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events.

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