Capacity Building & Education

Land Policy Initiative Approves First-Ever Joint Regional Work Plan [viewed]

LPI11 May 2015: For the first time since its inception in 2006, The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) has approved a consolidated annual work plan to be jointly implemented with the Secretariats of four regional economic communities and other partners in Africa.

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MRV Partnership Francophone Workshop Addresses GHG Inventory Challenges [viewed]

MRV2 April 2015: The International Partnership on Mitigation and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) has announced that as a result of its third regional workshop with the 'Cluster Francophone,' 24 participants from 19 French-speaking developing countries have developed ideas for improving their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and institutional arrangements based on the real-world examples presented.

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Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development [viewed]

escwa_bahrain7 May 2015: The second session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development concluded with adoption of the Bahrain Document, which highlights the importance of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the need to promote an enabling environment for achieving sustainable development in the post-2015 era.

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CCAFS Reports on Advances in Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS7 May 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published its 2014 annual report, titled ‘Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally,' on advancing the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers' fields and global initiatives, as well as through collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers.

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Wangari Maathai Award Call for Nominations Issued [viewed]

CPFMay 2015: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) announced the call for nominations for the 2015 Wangari Maathai Award, which recognizes exceptional achievements from an individual who has improved forests and the lives of the people that rely on them. Nominations are due by 29 May 2015.

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Mediterranean Countries Prepare for COP 21 [viewed]

ufm7 May 2015: In conjunction with the Mediterranean Climate Week, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organized an Informal High-Level Conference on Climate Change. The Conference focused on supporting national and regional efforts to prepare climate change goals, and thus advance progress toward a universal climate change agreement to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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GFDRR Calls for Strengthening Disaster Recovery Systems [viewed]

gfdrrMay 2015: The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has published a report that: documents the challenges and progress made globally in integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures into post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation; and recommends policies for strengthening disaster recovery systems to enable countries to protect their development gains.

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CITES and UNEP Support Strengthening of Wildlife Laws [viewed]

CITES UNEP5 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have announced a collaborative initiative to provide assistance to priority countries and territories, upon their request, to enhance their legislation on effective implementation of CITES, including to combat illegal trade in wildlife.

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ICAO Dialogues Focus on Market-Based Mechanism for Aviation Emissions [viewed]

Icao1 May 2015: Through a multi-regional outreach effort carried out in April 2015, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) connected with 35o stakeholders from 79 countries to discuss market-based mechanisms (MBMs) as a means of mitigating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international aviation. This first round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs) on MBMs, involved two-day sessions in five regions, where participants heard updates on ICAO's development of a global MBM scheme and offered feedback.

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Event: World Migratory Bird Day [viewed]

With the theme "Energy - make it bird-friendly!", World Migratory Bird Day 2015 aims to highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats. The Day also marks the 20th anniversary year of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), whose Secretariat, together with the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), are the organizational drivers for the campaign.  

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