Capacity Building & Education

Africa Environment Day Focuses on Combating Desertification [viewed]

africanunionlogo3 March 2014: Organized under the theme of 'Combating Desertification in Africa: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Food Security,' the 12th Annual Africa Environment Day brought into focus the negative effects of land degradation on Africa's food security.

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February 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance27 February 2014: During the month of February, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the GEF and the Adaptation Fund announced funding for climate-related projects or published reports on climate finance.

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Adaptation Fund Finances Projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan [viewed]

Adaptation Fund26 February 2014: Following contributions from Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the Brussels Region, the Adaptation Fund has approved financing for US$17 million worth of projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan, all of which will be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNITAR, SAICM Train DRC Stakeholders on the GHS [viewed]

SAICM UNITAR23 January 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with financial support from the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Quick Start Programme (QSP) Trust Fund, has trained 30 participants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). 

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Ramsar Update January-February 2014 [viewed]

Ramsar24 February 2014: Over the January-February 2014 period, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has celebrated World Wetlands Day and reported on the designation of new sites in Belarus, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France.

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Event: World Wildlife Day [viewed]

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day. The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the UN system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day. The first celebration of this annual event will be celebrated on 3 March 2014. Twitter: #WorldWildlifeDay  

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CIAT Strategy Responds to Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

CIAT18 February 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released its 2014-2020 Strategy, which indicates its work will feed into the work of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) while embarking on a set of strategic initiatives to boost development impact.

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UNIDO, TERI Build Capacity on Solutions to Energy, Climate Challenges [viewed]

unido-terri14 February 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University (TERI U) held a two-week course that brought together 40 policy makers, government officials, and experts from Asia, Africa and Europe to build awareness and knowledge on global trends, innovative technologies and policies in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development.

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Event: Youth and Innovation in Africa E-Discussion [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is hosting a moderated online discussion on the theme ‘Youth and Innovation in Africa: Harnessing the possibilities of Africa's youth for the transformation of the continent'. The e-discussion aims to consider how innovation and technology can stem youth unemployment rates and advance Africa's development agenda. Questions will focus on how science and technology innovations can foster economic growth, including through removing barriers, increasing skill acquisition and increasing youth employability. The e-discussion is expected to result in a synthesis paper that will feed into UNECA and the Government of Nigeria's High Level Policy Dialogue on ‘Science, Technologies and Innovation and the African Transformation Agenda,' which will take place from 24-25 March 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria. Interested participants can email the organizers to join the conversation.  

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FAO Reduces Farmers' Use of Toxic Pesticides in Africa [viewed]

fao-gef17 February 2014: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the results of three studies undertaken as part of the ‘Reducing Dependence on Persistent Organic Pollutants and other Agro-Chemicals in the Senegal and Niger River Basins through Integrated Production, Pest and Pollution Management' project.

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