Capacity Building & Education

UNITAR, SAICM Train DRC Stakeholders on the GHS [viewed]

SAICM UNITAR23 January 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with financial support from the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Quick Start Programme (QSP) Trust Fund, has trained 30 participants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). 

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Ramsar Update January-February 2014 [viewed]

Ramsar24 February 2014: Over the January-February 2014 period, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has celebrated World Wetlands Day and reported on the designation of new sites in Belarus, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France.

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Event: World Wildlife Day [viewed]

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day. The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the UN system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day. The first celebration of this annual event will be celebrated on 3 March 2014. Twitter: #WorldWildlifeDay  

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CIAT Strategy Responds to Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

CIAT18 February 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released its 2014-2020 Strategy, which indicates its work will feed into the work of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) while embarking on a set of strategic initiatives to boost development impact.

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UNIDO, TERI Build Capacity on Solutions to Energy, Climate Challenges [viewed]

unido-terri14 February 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University (TERI U) held a two-week course that brought together 40 policy makers, government officials, and experts from Asia, Africa and Europe to build awareness and knowledge on global trends, innovative technologies and policies in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development.

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Event: Youth and Innovation in Africa E-Discussion [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is hosting a moderated online discussion on the theme ‘Youth and Innovation in Africa: Harnessing the possibilities of Africa's youth for the transformation of the continent'. The e-discussion aims to consider how innovation and technology can stem youth unemployment rates and advance Africa's development agenda. Questions will focus on how science and technology innovations can foster economic growth, including through removing barriers, increasing skill acquisition and increasing youth employability. The e-discussion is expected to result in a synthesis paper that will feed into UNECA and the Government of Nigeria's High Level Policy Dialogue on ‘Science, Technologies and Innovation and the African Transformation Agenda,' which will take place from 24-25 March 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria. Interested participants can email the organizers to join the conversation.  

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FAO Reduces Farmers' Use of Toxic Pesticides in Africa [viewed]

fao-gef17 February 2014: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the results of three studies undertaken as part of the ‘Reducing Dependence on Persistent Organic Pollutants and other Agro-Chemicals in the Senegal and Niger River Basins through Integrated Production, Pest and Pollution Management' project.

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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CIF Reports US$8 Billion in Pledges [viewed]

CIF18 February 2014: The 2013 Annual Report of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), titled 'Rooted in Learning, Growing with Results,' discusses CIF projects and programmes, private sector engagement and measuring results. It also includes an in-depth analysis of, and lessons learned from, the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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CCAFS-Led CLIFF Workshop Builds Capacity of Climate Scientists [viewed]

CCAFS14 February 2014: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has reported on a workshop for the Climate Food and Farming Network (CLIFF), which brought together eight graduate students from Argentina, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Kenya and Uganda.

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