Capacity Building & Education

UNDP Announces African Hub on Extractive Industries [viewed]

UNDP19 December 2013: With the goal of ensuring that extractive industries boost social and economic development in Africa, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Mitigation and MRV Partnership Discusses MRV for NAMAs in Francophone Africa [viewed]

Partnership on Mitigation and MRV18 December 2013: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV, in cooperation with the Tunisian Energy Agency (ANME) and Tunisian Ministry for Environment, held a regional workshop on monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

United Nations23 December 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas  appointed two Special Envoys on Climate Change. John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, and Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway, will assist him in mobilizing political will and action, and raising ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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Global Mechanism Launches SLM Project for Ten African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)18 December 2013: During a partnership forum for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched the Front Local Environnemental pour une Union VertE (Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union) (FLEUVE) program.

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ICRAF Hosts Launch of African Plant Breeding Academy [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: At an event hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the African Plant Breeding Academy was launched by the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The Academy will aim to boost research on neglected crop species across the continent.

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Event: Training Workshop on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as part of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) project, funded under the SAICM Quick Start Programme (QSP).  

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UNCCD GM Launches Support for Local Sustainable Development in Africa [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)18 December 2013: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE), an initiative to enhance support for community-level sustainable development in ten African countries. The EU is funding the initiative.

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UNIDO, DNV GL to Develop Water Footprint Measurement, Promote Water Management [viewed]

UNIDO18 December 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and DNV GL - Business Assurance have entered into a partnership to develop and implement joint projects in the field of water footprint measurement, as well as to promote water management best practices, with a particular emphasis on Africa.

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New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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UN-HABITAT, UNDP, FAO Pilot Land Management for Conflict Resolution in the Congo [viewed]

fao-undp-unhabitat11 December 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) have jointly initiated a pilot program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to test integrated land tenure as a means to advance peace and social cohesion in the country.

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