Capacity Building & Education

UNCCD Announces Members of Science-Policy Interface, South Sudan Becomes 195th Party [viewed]

UNCCD logo22 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the selection of the members of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI). The SPI was called for at the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), to facilitate a science-policy dialogue and to ensure that the COP receives policy-relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) issues.

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FLEUVE Pursues SLM Finance in Five African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)21 May 2014: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE) has held its First Consultative Stakeholder meeting, where project partners assessed the initiative's progress and discussed opportunities for planning and financing sustainable land development (SLM) in five African countries.

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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GWP Annual Report Highlights Water Security and Post-2015 Work [viewed]

GWP Global logotype20 May 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released its 2013 Annual Report, titled ‘GWP In Action.' The report emphasizes the partnership's contributions to the UN consultations on water security, in particular assessment of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and participation in the process to define the post-2015 development agenda.

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African Summit Calls for Water Integrity to Ensure Water Security [viewed]

africa-water-integrity-summitMay 2014: Participants from Eastern, Southern and Western Africa called for increased attention to integrity issues in the water sector at the First African Water Integrity Summit. The Summit agreed on a Lusaka Statement that was submitted to the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) for its consideration.

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UN-REDD Announces Partnership for Community-based REDD+ [viewed]

Smallgrants15 May 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) launched a partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants programme (SGP) in support of community based REDD+. The objective of the partnership is to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to effectively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of REDD+ projects and programmes.

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Event: Nansen Initiative Consultation: Regional Dynamics of Human Mobility in West Africa [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Consultation on Disasters, Climate Change and Displacement, titled 'Regional Dynamics of Human Mobility in West Africa,' will discuss the regional dynamics of human mobility related to those disasters linked to natural hazards and climate change impacts in West Africa, particularly key challenges faced regarding migration, displacement and planned relocation. The event will also address the potential for cooperative measures to help protect displaced populations and migrants, and inform regional policymakers in West Africa and other interested stakeholders about the Nansen Initiative, which is led by the Governments of Switzerland and Norway. Participants will discuss topics related to: protection needs and challenges for displaced persons and migrants in the context of disasters and climate change in West Africa; specific challenges for those displaced across international borders; challenges linked to those migrants who need to adapt to urban environments; the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a platform for regional cooperation; and the position of West African countries in the UNFCCC negotiations. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing an agenda that addresses the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change.  

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Event: Online Discussion Forum on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this forum offers Protocol Parties, other governments and relevant organizations the opportunity to share views, experiences, and relevant information on implementing the Protocol. The forum will focus on the integration of Protocol implementation into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes as well as resource mobilization for advancing implementation in line with the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020.  

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African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

afrp1416 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' The meeting was one in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which is scheduled to take place in Japan in March 2015. 

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ECREEE Outlines Regional SE4ALL Priorities [viewed]

ECREEE9 May 2014: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has released the eighth edition of its newsletter, highlighting ECOWAS' adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, a campaign for gender awareness, and regional priorities for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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