Capacity Building & Education

Event: Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) countries will celebrate the third annual Coral Triangle Day. The Day offers the CTI-CFF countries an opportunity to raise awareness on and express support for the region's marine resources through activities around the Coral Triangle Region. Events will take place in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.  

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CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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INTERPOL, Select Asian Countries, Russia Discuss Intelligence-led Enforcement on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

interpol28 May 2014: Law enforcement representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Russian Federation, Thailand and Viet Nam met at the INTERPOL General Secretariat for a five-day consultation on enhancing intelligence-led law enforcement. 

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Zero Draft with 17 SDGs [viewed]

owg2 June 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued the "zero draft" of goals and targets. Titled ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda,' the zero draft proposes 17 SDGs to be attained by 2030, as well as associated targets.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico to Manage Mesoamerican Reef with GEF Support [viewed]

GEF27 May 2014: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council Meeting approved a US$10 million grant for the ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project. The project aims to ensure the reef's ecological integrity by scaling up a ridge to reef management approach and enhancing regional collaboration for its management.

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CIFOR Prepares for UNFCCC REDD+ Negotiations [viewed]

CIFORMay 2014: In order to support REDD+ negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an assessment of REDD+ non-carbon benefits, and joint mitigation and adaption activities.

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Event: Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference [viewed]

The Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference will take place under the theme ‘Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability,' with an emphasis on science as a tool to address hazard risks and sustainable development. Plenaries and break-out sessions will discuss challenges in implementing integrated disaster risk research as well as inter-organisational collaboration and policy issues, using examples from global and local contexts. Plenary sessions will focus on: the role of science in the 2015 agenda; water; science and the media; and resiliency and reconstruction. More than ten breakout sessions will take place, including ones on: community disaster reduction; empowering local officials; and indigenous and vulnerable populations. A special session will address earth observations for disaster risk reduction in developing countries. The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are organizing the conference in collaboration with a number of partners, including the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).  

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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UN and Sesame Street Muppet Launch Campaign to End Open Defecation [viewed]

United Nations28 May 2014: The UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, officially launched a campaign to help end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines. Over one billion people worldwide practice open defecation and 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation, with consequences for their dignity, health and security, particularly for women and girls.

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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