Capacity Building & Education

IPCC Session Informed of Chair's Resignation, Agenda Focuses on Panel's Future [viewed]

IPCC24 February 2015: At the opening of the 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41), delegates were informed that, effective immediately, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri had stepped down from his position. Pachauri sent a letter, dated 24 February 2015, to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informing him of his decision to resign. Pachauri noted that the IPCC needs the time and full attention of the Chair in the immediate future, and that he is unable to provide this leadership at the current time. In response and prior to the opening of IPCC 41, the IPCC Bureau agreed to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair.

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Event: Closing Ceremony for the International Year of Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The closing ceremony for the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place on 24 February 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The ceremony will feature a video of highlights of the year, remarks by champions of the International Year of SIDS, and a panel discussion on "SIDS as global issues: Positioning SIDS in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".  

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Drylands Monitoring Week Establishes Network for Sustainable Management of Drylands [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2015: Participants at the Drylands Monitoring Week, which was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), saw the launch of a global assessment of land management in grassland and pastoral systems to enhance the sustainable management and restoration of drylands and developed the 'Rome Promise on Monitoring and Assessment of Drylands for Sustainable Management and Restoration.'

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High-Level Panel to Prepare Study on Technology Bank for LDCs [viewed]

United Nations18 February 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel agreed to prepare a study on the creation of a technology bank that would aim to address science, technology and innovation (STI) gaps in least developed countries (LDCs).

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IRENA Explores Infrastructure for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor [viewed]

IRENAFebruary 2015: A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) assesses the infrastructure of Eastern and Southern Africa for the generation and transmission of renewable electricity from the perspective of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC) initiative, which promotes the development of clean, indigenous and cost-effective renewable power options across Africa.

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Member States Discuss Role of Trade in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Unctad10 February 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) hosted a discussion of the role of trade in the global partnership and the means of implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The event took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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EU and GBIF Launch Project to Mobilize Biodiversity Data Collection [viewed]

ec_gbif10 February 2015: The European Union (EU) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) announced a four-year €3.9 million project to increase biodiversity information available for developing countries.

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Mountain Partnership Highlights Mountains, Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Nexus [viewed]

Mountain PartnershipFebruary 2015: The February 2015 issue of the Mountain Partnership newsletter, titled ‘Peak to Peak,' focuses on diverse events held on 11 December 2014 in over 30 countries around the world to celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD). The IMD theme was ‘Mountain Family Farming.'

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Event: International Day of Forests [viewed]

The 2015 International Day of Forests will be celebrated under the theme 'Forests / Climate / Change' in order to build greater awareness of the important role of forests and trees in sequestering and storing carbon. The theme aims to highlight how forests and climate change are linked and to rally global support for greater action and change. A video for the day is available along with key messages, posters and banners.  

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High-Level Event Explores Means of Implementation Priorities for FfD3, Post-2015 Processes [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA10 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate to discuss key elements of a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, as well as infrastructure development, and the role of parliaments, cities and local authorities in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. A President's Summary of the meeting, to be released by 18 February 2015, will serve as input for both the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

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