Capacity Building & Education

African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility31 July 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) will support a project to provide sanitation services in Kenya while creating business opportunities through sales of sanitation by-products, such as biogas, energy and fertilizers.

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IUCN Reports Pangolins Are on the Brink of Extinction [viewed]

IUCN29 July 2014: According to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, all eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction. The Chinese and Sunda pangolins are now classified as Critically Endangered.

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UNAI, CFR Host Discussion on Hydraulic Fracturing [viewed]

cfr.academic.impact16 July 2014: A discussion on the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing was hosted by the UN Academic Impact (UNAI) and the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The event examined the potential extent and consequences of the US hydraulic fracturing boom for international security, economics and security, and discussed a potential role for the UN in supporting countries in making related decisions.

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July 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-EBRD-EIB-ADB-AfDB-IDB-CDB31 July 2014: During the month of July, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Government of Germany, and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in Armenia, Austria, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Poland, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Uruguay, among other countries.

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LDCs Conference Discusses Building Productive Capacity [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS31 July 2014: Delegates discussed ways to enhance the ability of least developed countries (LDCs) to overcome structural constraints, including in the post-2015 development agenda, at the Cotonou Conference.

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Event: 3rd Global Soil Week [viewed]

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

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Event: WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership24 July 2014: The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty.

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Event: Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme, 'Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' will explore prospects for investment in power generation, and the development of renewable energy and transmission networks. The conference will encourage the engagement of the Italian and African private sectors in the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, and the strengthening of African energy markets. The 'Africa Report,' part of the International Energy Agency's 'World Energy Outlook,' will also be presented. The conference is part of the Italy-Africa Initiative, a programme launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2013 to strengthen relations between Italy and Africa.  

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