Capacity Building & Education

Bonn Climate Change Conference Paves the Way to Lima [viewed]

bonn-climate-change-conference15 June 2014: The Bonn Climate Change Conference took place in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014, and included the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The fifth meeting of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-5) also took place.

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AMCOMET to Link WMO, African Space Programmes [viewed]

amcomet30 May 2014: At its Second Bureau Meeting, the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) decided to link the African Space Programme with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme. AMCOMET also agreed on an updated Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan and initiated the establishment of a Regional Climate Center in Central Africa.

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BRS Secretariat Releases June 2014 Technical Assistance Newsletter [viewed]

Basel-Rotterdam-StockholmJune 2014: The Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam (BRS) Conventions Secretariat has released its second Technical Assistance Newsletter. The newsletter includes brief updates on recent technical assistance activities, news and upcoming technical assistance events.

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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CITES Report Shows Increasing Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES13 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has released a report showing an increase in the number of large ivory seizures in 2013. The report, titled 'Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade,' contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and will be discussed at the forthcoming 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

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ILC Reviews Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure, Framework on Land Policy in Africa [viewed]

FAO12 June 2014: In an effort to help practitioners understand and apply two internationally endorsed frameworks, the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), the International Land Coalition (ILC) has created a guide that explores the complementarities and differences among the frameworks.

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G7 to Support Developing Countries in Negotiating Extractives Contracts [viewed]

G7brussels.20149 June 2014: The Brussels Summit of the Group of Seven (G7) countries announced the launch of the Strengthening Assistance for Complex Contract Negotiations (CONNEX) initiative, which aims to provide developing countries with "extended and concrete expertise for negotiating complex commercial contracts." The initial focus of the initiative will be on the extractives sector, and will include the development of a central resource hub.

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UNFCCC Events Focus on Actions by Cities and Subnational Authorities [viewed]

UNFCCC10 June 2014: A Forum on Experiences and Best Practices of Cities and Subnational Authorities, as well as a Thematic Expert Meeting (TEM) on Urban Environment, convened under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The events discussed the implementation of sub-national and city-level action on mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Sub-regional Workshop on Reporting Obligations under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions [viewed]

This training is being organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar, Senegal, with funding provided by the Government of Norway and the European Union. The training aims to enhance understanding of the reporting obligations of the parties to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions, inform participants about the use of the electronic reporting systems for both Conventions and facilitate exchange of experiences among participants.  

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Event: Africa: Advancing Partnerships and Responsible Business Leadership [viewed]

UN Global Compact Local Networks, UN organizations, private sector representatives, policymakers and other stakeholders will gather at this UN Global Compact in Africa Conference to explore partnership models, build capacity, facilitate private sector participation in the post-2015 process, and promote governance and integrity issues. A week of sessions will begin with the XII Annual Local Network Forum (ALNF) and Annual Meeting of the Human Rights and Labour Working Group (HRLWG). Plenaries will cover: The Role of Business in Africa's Economic Transformation: Innovative Approaches to Job Creation and Inclusive Growth; and Partnerships to Implement the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Working Group Sessions are planned on: Partnerships for Education, Job Creation and Skills Training; South-South Collaboration for Sustainable Growth; Philanthropy, Impact Investing and Partnerships in Support of Effective Social Investment; Localizing Innovative Partnership Platforms; Disaster Preparedness and Resilience; Collaboration with the Private Sector to Address Inequality; Cultivating Stronger Relationships with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Local-level Subsidiaries; Addressing the Operational Challenges of UN-Business Partnerships; Social Sustainability: The Business Case for Inclusive Growth and People-Centered Development; Environmental Sustainability: Addressing the Resource Triad Challenge; Ethical Dimension of Sustainability: Collective Action to Advance Organizational Change and Tackle Systematic Barriers; and Advancing Supply Chain Sustainability and Responsible Business in Support of Peace. The event will also feature an Ethiopian CEO Roundtable, an Africa Private Sector Dinner on 'Youth Employment and Private Sustainability Finance,' a Great Lakes Private Sector Responsible Investment Roundtable; and a visit to the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. The UN Global Compact, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are organizing the event.  

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