Capacity Building & Education

Youth from Kenyan Slums Convey Priorities to UNGA President [viewed]

Youth from Kenyan Slums Convey Priorities to UNGA President (photo courtesy of UNGA)2 November 2013: Youth leaders from slums in Kenya shared their perspectives on development and their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda with the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), John Ashe, in a discussion in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants highlighted the role of agriculture and food security, education, peace and women's empowerment in building an equitable, sustainable and safer world.

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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ICRAF Holds Training Workshop on 'Talking Toolkit' for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)30 October 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) held a training-of-trainers workshop on participatory tools to address climate change exposure and adaptation, with representatives from eight development NGOs. The training focused on ICRAF's 'Talking Toolkit: How smallholder farmers and local governments can together adapt to climate change.'

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ESMAP Assists Tanzania's Rural Energy Agency in Gender Strategy Development and Rollout [viewed]

ESMAP18 October 2013: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has helped Tanzania's Rural Energy Agency (REA) in developing its gender strategy and accompanying indicators, checklists and guidelines for integration of gender into its activities.

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OWG 6 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

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October 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued three briefs in preparation for the sixth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The documents address the three topics on the agenda for OWG 6: means of implementation, global partnership for achieving sustainable development; the needs of countries in special situations; and science, technology and innovation (STI), knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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Event: Sub-Regional Francophone Workshop on Enhancing Effective Participation in CRC, POPRC [viewed]

Hosted by the Basel and Stockholm Regional Centre in Dakar, Senegal, with support from the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, this workshop intends to enhance the understanding of members of the Stockholm Convention's Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) and the Rotterdam Convention's Chemicals Review Committee (CRC), as well as national officials from the West Africa and North Africa region, of the processes for reviewing and listing chemicals under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, while providing opportunities for information exchange and a forum for discussing and exploring a synergized approach for the implementation of the Conventions at the national and regional levels.  

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African Experts Review Upcoming UNESCO Guide on Climate Change Reporting [viewed]

UNESCO29 October 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an expert meeting for African academics and journalists to review a manuscript for a forthcoming UNESCO publication, titled 'Reporting on Climate Change in Africa: A Practical Guide for Journalists.'

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FAO and ITTO Support Congo Basin Countries in Wood Processing Development [viewed]

ITTO FAO28 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and partners, in collaboration with the governments of Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo, published a report on the wood processing industry in the Congo Basin.

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UNGA Debates Partnership for African Development [viewed]

UNGA25 October 2013: In a joint debate on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), UN Member States discussed the need for continued international support and cooperation with African countries, with UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe calling NEPAD the "essential blueprint" for promoting African stability.

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Event: Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days [viewed]

This meeting, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will focus on land and water management, particularly technologies, approaches and modalities to secure sustained improvements on the ground that improve resilience. The meeting will target policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers to share and learn together about effective ways to enhance land and water management practices in the region.  

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