Capacity Building & Education

UNITAR Assists Burkina Faso in Launching SAICM Project [viewed]

SAICM UNITAR18 July 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), along with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Burkina Faso Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, with financial support from the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Quick Start Programme (QSP), has launched a project on strengthening Burkina Faso's capacities for implementing SAICM and promoting synergies among the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions.

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CDM Executive Board Adopts Revised Standards for CDM Programme of Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2013: At its 74th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted amendments to various standards for the CDM Programme of Activities (PoAs), relating, among other things, to the demonstration of additionality and the use of sampling and surveys in PoAs and stand-alone project activities.

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UN-Water Launches Country Briefs [viewed]

un-waterJuly 2013: UN-Water has launched a series of Water Country Briefs designed to demonstrate the value of investment in water resources to policy makers in the fields of: peace and security; infrastructure investment; agriculture; health; education; environment; and macro- and micro-economy.

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ICARDA Policy Meeting Addresses Water and Food Security Linkages [viewed]

ICARDA-LogoJuly 2013: The July 2013 newsletter from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) documents recent workshops, meetings and collaborations undertaken by ICARDA over recent months. It features an article on the International Conference on Policies for Water and Food Security in Dry Areas, which brought together experts from 28 countries to share experience on putting research into action.

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HLP Members Emphasize Youth Participation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

HLP On18 July 2013: Members of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) discussed the importance of youth perspectives in shaping and realizing the new agenda during an online gathering organized by the Center for American Progress. 

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UNICEF Backs Stakeholder Workshop on Drinking Water Access in Malawi [viewed]

Unicef Logo8 July 2013: The Ministry of Health of Malawi hosted the first stakeholders' consultation on household water treatment and safe storage, in order to seek feedback on national policy issues and increase access to safe drinking water.

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Research Highlights Views of People Living in Extreme Poverty [viewed]

ATD Fourth-World27 June 2013: A recent event highlighted the views of people living in extreme poverty on the impact of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The findings from ATD Fourth World's participatory research in eight countries - Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritius, and the Philippines - call for addressing extreme poverty through social protection, decent work, investment in education and respect for human rights.

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Event: 24th Meeting of the LEG [viewed]

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) will meet in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 26-29 August 2013. The LEG aims to support the preparation and implementation strategy of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).  

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UN CC:Learn Announces Launch of Ugandan Climate Change Learning Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn28 June 2013: Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment, Ephraim Kamuntu, launched a national climate change learning strategy in Kampala, Uganda, stressing human capacity as “the most important variable that determines whether Uganda is able to address the challenge of climate change and achieve sustainable development.”

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Roadmap for the Global Framework for Climate Services Adopted [viewed]

gfcs10 July 2013: The first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), agreed on an operational roadmap for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), a country-driven initiative to provide accurate and accessible climate services to users globally, with an initial focus on the agriculture, water, health and disaster management communities.

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