Capacity Building & Education

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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CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs [viewed]

wwf.delegation11 July 2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation.

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IMF Calls for Further Energy Subsidy Reform in MENA Region [viewed]

IMF10 July 2014: A report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on subsidy reform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region explores recent progress, challenges ahead, and outlines the characteristics of successful subsidy reform. The report recommends that countries in the region focus on enhanced social safety nets, automatic price-setting mechanisms, energy sector restructuring and awareness raising on the cost of subsidies.

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21st Session of UNESCO-IHP Provides Post-2015 Input [viewed]

UNESCO8 July 2014: The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 18-20 June 2014, adopting decisions, including on the post-2015 development agenda and the establishment of water-related centres, and reviewing past activities.

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UN-REDD Reflects on Zambia's REDD+ Strategy [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeJuly 2014: Reflecting on key experiences and lessons learned in Zambia, the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has published a report titled 'Strategy in the Making – How Zambia approached REDD+ development.'

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Event: Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014 – 2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. In addition, the third session of the IPBES plenary will select the members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) based on the nominations received from governments. The event will be preceded by consultations and a stakeholder day on 10-11 January.  

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Event: African Regional Workshop on NAMAs [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing an African Regional Wokshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to: facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt in preparation and implementation of NAMAs by providing a platform to showcase NAMAs and innovative financing options; collaborate with international partners to conduct the workshops and ensure synergy, coherence, cost effectiveness and avoid duplication; provide a platform for networking by bringing experts of developing countries and international organizations/donors together; provide partners from international organizations with an opportunity to better understand capacity building needs of countries in the region so that they can target their technical support to meet specific needs of developing countries; and explore how and by what means the experiences gained in implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) standards could be linked with NAMAs.  

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ICCWC Strategic Mission, MIKES Launched as CITES SC65 Opens [viewed]

cites-iccwc7 July 2014: At a side event organized during the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched its Strategic Mission 2014-2016. The Mission sets forth the agenda to fight wildlife and forest crime, providing the first strategic framework for the consortium's activities and future directions since its establishment in late 2010.

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UNESCO Releases SUMAMAD Project Results [viewed]

UNESCO19 June 2014: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a policy brief outlining the results of the second phase of its Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project.

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