Capacity Building & Education

LDCs Conference Discusses Building Productive Capacity [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS31 July 2014: Delegates discussed ways to enhance the ability of least developed countries (LDCs) to overcome structural constraints, including in the post-2015 development agenda, at the Cotonou Conference.

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Event: 3rd Global Soil Week [viewed]

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

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Event: WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership24 July 2014: The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty.

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Event: Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme, 'Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' will explore prospects for investment in power generation, and the development of renewable energy and transmission networks. The conference will encourage the engagement of the Italian and African private sectors in the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, and the strengthening of African energy markets. The 'Africa Report,' part of the International Energy Agency's 'World Energy Outlook,' will also be presented. The conference is part of the Italy-Africa Initiative, a programme launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2013 to strengthen relations between Italy and Africa.  

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UNESCO-IHE Consortium Supports 'Water Wise' Development in Kenya [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE17 July 2014: A public-private-partnership of Dutch, Kenyan and German partners to develop and conserve the Mara River Basin, the Mau Mara Serengeti (MaMaSe) Sustainable Water Initiative, was launched to support “water-wise” sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation in the Mara-Serengeti in Kenya.

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ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund.

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Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) [viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands" [viewed]

IRENAJuly 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report that demonstrates how deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce fossil-fuel import dependence and create business and employment opportunities. The report, titled ‘Renewable Islands: Settings for Success,' looks at how islands around the world have attracted investments in cost-effective renewable energy resources.

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