Capacity Building & Education

On Mandela Day, Activists Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

mandela-day18 July 2014: On the occasion of Mandela Day, Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, Muhammad Yunus, Mo Ibrahim and Malala Yousafzai sent an open letter to world leaders urging them to agree on commitments to address poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Addresses Expectations for Lima [viewed]

german-ministry-logo17 July 2014: The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which met under the theme 'Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions,' aimed to introduce new ideas in the UN climate negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. In her statement to ministers at the event, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €750 million to climate change and the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), noting that this is in addition to the €3.2 billion Germany has already contributed to climate efforts in recent years.

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World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

World Bank - GEF17 July 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources.

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UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda [viewed]

UNEP15 July 2014: Studies by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyzing the relationship between ecosystem inputs, and agricultural yields and farm incomes in India and Uganda have found significant potential for improving food security through shifts in cropping patterns and use of water and energy saving technologies. The findings aim to strengthen the two countries' capacities to address their increasing food security deficits and decline in ecosystem services.

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GWP Releases Gender Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype10 July 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released its Gender Strategy, which aims to mainstream gender into GWP's work through an overarching framework on gender- and women- inclusive approaches. The Strategy includes three strategic goals: catalyze change in policies and practice; generate and communicate knowledge; and strengthen partnerships.

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Event: International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

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Event: GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium [viewed]

This GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium titled, 'Visioning our Ocean of Tomorrow,' will take place under the theme, ‘Sharing experience and transferring capacity along the Wadden Sea Flyway: Linking people in Norway, the Wadden Sea and West Africa to improve marine and coastal ecosystem management'.  

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Event: World Future Energy Summit 2015 [viewed]

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015 is dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. It will offer a number of renewable energy-related events, including a conference, exhibition, Project and Finance Village, and Young Future Energy Leaders program. Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, the event will be attended by international policy makers, industry experts, investors and media, who will discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.  

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Arab Forum Launches Renewable Energy Strategy [viewed]

Flag_of_the_Arab_League-irena-rcree23 June 2014: The League of Arab States, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) have launched a renewable energy implementation roadmap study for the Arab region. The study proposes both country-specific and regional actions to support the development of the region's vast renewable energy potential through 2030.

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WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events [viewed]

WMO11 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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