Capacity Building & Education

CBD Secretariat Calls for Participation in GBIF Programme on Biodiversity Information for Development [viewed]

GBIF22 May 2015: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a partner institution to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has issued two surveys to seek input from stakeholders in Africa on African biodiversity.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO Names Two Special Ambassadors for IYS 2015 [viewed]

international year of soils13 May 2015: FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has appointed Claire Chenu, a French biodiversity and soil sciences expert, and Tekalign Mamo, an Ethiopian soil management expert, as Special Ambassadors for the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015.

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UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UNDP UNEPMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report, titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes,' which supports the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy.

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Event: Clean Cooking Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum is a major event that convenes the global clean cooking sector to share knowledge, best practices and scalable solutions. The four-day conference presents practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to come together to exchange lessons and experiences, and to work towards gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions. Topics will include: building consumer confidence; applications for mobile technology; consumer finance; cross-sector integration; refugee and other humanitarian needs; and performance evaluation.  

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SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries [viewed]

iisdrs_se4all-201521 May 2015: Opening the final day of the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, a part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, SE4ALL CEO Kandeh Yumkella urged participants to make commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy. The day was largely dedicated to announcements of leadership commitments and actions towards the SE4ALL objectives, with over 80 representatives from governments, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organizations outlining their efforts.

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Workshops Address Migratory Birds in the Atlantic and Seabird Bycatch Mitigation [viewed]

cms_fao_birdlife20 May 2015: The conservation of migratory birds along the East Atlantic Flyway was the topic of discussion during two meetings hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: Africa Rising: Mobilizing Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is organized by The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and USAID Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Programme (RESILIM). Its aim is to increase regional understanding of the biodiversity data-science-policy value chain and identify the opportunities and solutions that it presents for sustainable development in Africa as well as draw attention to relevant tools, resources and learning networks for building effective biodiversity information systems in Africa.  

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Practical Action, EUEI PDF Launch Market Analysis Framework for Energy Access at SE4ALL Forum [viewed]

practical_action_eueipdf19 May 2015: Practical Action and the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) launched a new framework for analyzing energy market systems during a side event at the Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum in New York, US. The methodology is aimed at supporting development professionals in designing effective interventions for energy market development and increased energy access, and focuses initially on decentralized markets.

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UNEP en.lighten Outlines Steps to Universal Lighting Access in Africa [viewed]

UNEP18 May 2015: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, titled 'Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy: Guidance Note for Governments in Africa,' outlines effective policies for bringing non-fuel-based lighting, such as modern solar lighting, to off-grid areas of the continent, where currently 600 million people lack access to grid electricity. The report highlights the economic and health benefits of bringing lighting access to off-grid communities using energy sources other than fossil fuels.

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