Capacity Building & Education

Central African States Consult Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

eccas27 August 2015: The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) held an extraordinary meeting on climate change that concluded with the adoption of a ministerial declaration outlining a common position for Central Africa ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which is scheduled to take place from 30 November - 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.

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FAO Publication Offers Analysis of Forest-Related Challenges in Southern Africa [viewed]

Southern Africa's Forests and PeopleSeptember 2015: Produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) for the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), to be held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the report titled 'Southern Africa's Forests and People' provides a country-by-country analysis of the challenges facing the forestry sector and best practices that have been developed in Southern Africa.

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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Leadership Development Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming DRR and Adaptation in Southern Africa [viewed]

undp_unisdr28 August 2015: The 5th Leadership Development Forum (LDF) on Mainstreaming Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MADRiD), which focused on sub-regional leadership development in southern Africa, aimed to improve understanding of the nature, scope and importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation into national development planning and budgetary processes; and increase social demand and political commitment for integrating DRR and adaptation into economic and social planning processes.

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Researchers Developing Mutant Plant Varieties to Address Climate Change-Related Problems [viewed]

iaea_fao28 August 2015: Researchers from Afghanistan, Mauritius and Pakistan are developing new plant breeds that can withstand harsh climatic conditions such as erratic rains, droughts, disease and relentless heat, and help keep their countries' crops growing strong in the face of climate change.

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August 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Climate1 September 2015: During August 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund reported on climate finance developments, including new funding, project lessons and institutional developments. The World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) and the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) released publications and event news.

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August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Sustainable Energy1 September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events.

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Forum Addresses South-South, Triangular Cooperation in Post-2015 Implementation [viewed]

unossc226 August 2015: Governments and stakeholders discussed South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the context of the post-2015 development agenda during a High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum. The Forum was organized under the auspices of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and its Global South-South Development Expo Secretariat (GSSD Expo), in collaboration with the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), UN system institutions and other partners.

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management [viewed]

The workshop will introduce the main technical concepts and approaches underpinning the project, which is coordinated by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat. The three interrelated dimensions are: national and local decision-support on combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) and promoting mainstreaming and upscaling best practices in sustainable land management (SLM); a global DLDD and SLM knowledge management and decision-support platform; and monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and dissemination of project results. Representatives of 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe that are participating in the project will provide an overview of their SLM status, as well as proposed strategies, actions and co-financing arrangements for the project. Participants will also review required support through mobilizing additional resources at the regional level. On the final day of the workshop, the project steering committee will convene its first meeting on operational and coordination issues.  

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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