Capacity Building & Education

Vienna Energy Forum Sees Launch of SE4ALL Tracking Framework, Post-2015 Goal Recommendations, MoU for Renewables Center [viewed]

vienna-energy-forum30 May 2013: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2013 brought together over 1,200 participants from 100 countries, including ministers, policymakers, experts and representatives from the private sector and civil society under the theme 'One year after Rio+20: the energy future we want.'

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SREP Pilot Countries Exchange Lessons on Renewable Energy Investments [viewed]

srep-meeting30 May 2013: The fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) brought together over 50 participants from pilot countries, countries on the SREP pilot reserve list, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit.

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FAO Approach Leads to Sustainable Increases in Cassava Farming [viewed]

FAO28 May 2013: In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) promotes the application of the FAO's 'Save and Grow' approach to cassava, documenting significant potential to scale up production with limited chemical inputs.

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Nile Perspectives Conference Adopts Khartoum Declaration [viewed]

iwmi-unescoihe7 May 2013: The New Nile Perspectives Conference, which brought together over 120 water experts from Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan, concluded with the adoption by researchers and policy makers of the Khartoum Declaration, expressing their commitment to “continue on-going and develop new activities that would bring a New Nile Future closer,” bringing peace, prosperity and sustainable development to all the residents of the Eastern Nile basin.

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AU Establishes Committee on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

African Union Comission27 May 2013: The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) met to discuss the African Common Position on the post-2015 development agenda, and to decide on the modalities for establishing a Committee of the Heads of State and Government on the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Development Agenda. The Council's discussions took place during the 21st AU Summit, held from 19-27 May 2013.

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UNU, UNIDO Implementing Ethiopian E-Waste Management Project [viewed]

unido-unu24 May 2013: The UN University (UNU) has announced that, along with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is partnering with the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to implement an Ethiopian “E-waste Management Project.”

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Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network Sets Priorities [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: During the Eleventh International Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS), the biosphere reserves of the REDBIOS Network agreed to reinforce their commitment to the development of the Man and Biosphere (MAB)Programme and established different priority work areas.

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World Bank Scales Up Investments in Water Management, Climate Resilience in Southern Africa [viewed]

World Bank20 May 2013: The World Bank is scaling up investments in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zambia, as well as to transboundary organizations in basins such as the Zambezi River basin, to cope with climate change, water scarcity and regional difficulties related to the management of transboundary waters.

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Event: African Regional Online Real-time Conferences on Socio-economic Considerations Arising from Impacts of LMOs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online conference aims to continue the exchange of views and synthesis of information and experiences regarding socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, especially with regard to the value of biological diversity to indigenous and local communities. Building on a series of previous online discussions, the conference is open to representatives from Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and indigenous and local communities from the African Region.  

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Event: African Regional Online Real-time Conferences on Socio-economic Considerations Arising from Impacts of LMOs (French) [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online conference aims to continue the exchange of views and synthesis of information and experiences regarding socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, especially with regard to the value of biological diversity to indigenous and local communities. Building on a series of previous online discussions, the conference is open to representatives from Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and indigenous and local communities from the African Region.  

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