Capacity Building & Education

Youth Prepare at Regional Level for SIDS 2014 [viewed]

sids201413 August 2013: Three regional youth workshops took place in conjunction with the Regional Preparatory Meetings for the UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014 Global Conference. Held in Jamaica, Fiji and Seychelles, in July 2013, these meetings brought together over 70 young people representing 30 different small island countries to discuss SIDS' development issues.

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ICRAF Studies Local Knowledge in Ethiopian Farming Systems [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)5 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a brochure on the value of local knowledge in agroforestry systems. The publication examines farming systems in Ethiopia supported under the "sustainable tree - crop - livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy" initiative.

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Event: Gender, Water and Development Conference 2014 [viewed]

This conference will consider how to address gender, poverty and water challenges across Africa under the theme of 'Gender, Water and Development: The Untapped Connection'. The conference is hosted by the Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Women for Water Partnership. AMCOW developed the Policy and Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in the Water Sector in Africa, which identifies seven strategic objectives for member States and water authorities. These sub-themes are: formulating and implementing gender in water policy; mobilizing human and financial resources; implementing projects through economic empowerment and gendered approaches; conducting, sharing and implementing research and operational knowledge; mainstreaming gender in human and institutional capacity development; promoting cooperation and coordination to mainstream gender in the water sector; and supporting gender equality in the water sector through monitoring and evaluation (M&E).  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme31 July 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the June/July issue of its newsletter, which highlights the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, including the approval of US$4 million for Colombia's national REDD+ programme.

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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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