Learning Events

Format: 2014-10-24
Format: 2014-10-24
  1. Green Economy Seminar: Greening Homes in the UNECE Region - Case Studies, Actions and Financing

    4 Apr 2012
    Geneva, Switzerland

    This seminar discusses cost-efficient and “green” solutions, which can make the housing sector more sustainable. These include improvements to energy efficiency, environmental performance, and resilience to climate change. It highlights that greening homes is a part of the green economy concept, which is in turn at the heart of renewed efforts to integrate environmental and social considerations within the mainstream of economic decision-making.

    UN Organization(s): 
    UNECE
    Language: 
    ENG
  2. Webinar on Communicating Climate Change and Health

    4 Apr 2012
    Online

    This webinar discusses how the public health community can best communicate the climate and health message, reflects on how those messages are being discussed in media and their use in the United Nations climate processes. The webinar lasts 90 minutes with opportunities to ask questions of the panel.

    Contact Email: 
    info@who.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    WHO
    Partner(s):
    International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, Health Canada
    Language: 
    ENG
  3. E-Learning Course on Tapping Carbon Market for Energy Efficiency Projects in Public Buildings

    2 Apr 2012 - 27 Apr 2012
    Online

    This e-course provides a brief overview of carbon finance concepts and methodologies for energy efficiency programs/projects in buildings and discusses the challenges of implementing the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the sector. It also addresses the role of Designated National Authorities (DNAs) in promoting carbon finance for public buildings. The course aims to equip different stakeholders with technical and program management skills, tools and knowledge on the how to simulate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission estimate in public building using the CDM methodology developed by the World Bank and submitted to UNFCCC for approval. This course is one component of the program “Climate Friendly Energy Efficiency Policies across South East Europe” which is a capacity building program focusing on Energy Efficiency in South East Europe (SEE).

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  4. Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Public Finance

    2 Apr 2012 - 3 Apr 2012
    Lima, Peru

    This workshop is a dialogue on the impact of climate change on public finance. It aims to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices about the design and implementation of different instruments and mechanisms to confront the fiscal impact of climate change. Participants in this workshop includes Ministries of Finance,  Directors of Public Credit and officials in charge of budget planning, public investment, and climate change topics. Renowned international experts on the subject are also invited to participate.

    UN Organization(s): 
    IDB
    Language: 
    ENG
  5. Workshop for Sharing Lessons in Africa on Climate Change Adaptation

    2 Apr 2012 - 5 Apr 2012
    Nairobi, Kenya

    This workshop on climate change adaptation in Africa is being held to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and exchange of ideas on common climate change risks, build on lessons learnt from project implementation to formulate common solutions in support of national policy processes and identify best practices for delivering adaptation solutions. The workshop also aims to engage key regional partners and policy makers across the continent on climate change adaptation.

    Contact Email: 
    Richard.Munang@unep.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNEP
    Language: 
    ENG
  6. E-Learning Course on Cities and Climate Change Leadership

    26 Mar 2012 - 13 Apr 2012
    Online

    This e-course discusses how cities and urban regions can lead climate actions and mainstream climate mitigation and adaptation into their development plans. Its overall objective is to encourage city leaders and decision makers to undertake climate actions suitable to local needs. The course covers all aspects of climate action by cities, including both adaptation and mitigation planning, at every stage - from surveying and visioning to strategic planning and implementation. Each lesson includes multimedia and interactive learning elements, links to some of the most helpful documents, web sites, city networks and international sources of expertise. Optional video clips are offered throughout, providing opportunities to learn directly from experienced city officials and world class experts.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  7. Workshop on Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects

    26 Mar 2012 - 28 Mar 2012
    Cairns, Australia

    This workshop helps participants identify, compile and analyze relevant issues related to climate change mitigation by local communities and indigenous peoples. In particular it aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses; support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples’, local communities’ and developing country scientists’ engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

    Contact Email: 
    ramos@ias.unu.edu
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNU
    Partner(s):
    CBD, IPCC, UNDP, UNPFII, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
    Language: 
    ENG
  8. Workshop on Operationalizing Targets of the Government of Vietnam's Policy Agenda for Agricultural Mitigation: Roadmap, Implementation, Institutions and Costs

    26 Mar 2012
    Hanoi, Vietnam

    This workshop aims at addressing challenges in agricultural mitigation, potential mitigation options, and government policies in Vietnam. It is informed by an International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) study that assessed emissions from the production of key food crops in Vietnam and the potential for alternative mitigation options in agriculture. It shows that paddy rice is the key to pro-poor agricultural mitigation, and that the largest mitigation and economic benefits emerge from alternative seeding approaches.

    UN Organization(s): 
    IFAD
    Partner(s):
    International Food Policy Research Institute
    Language: 
    ENG
  9. Workshop on Improving the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development - A Deep Dive into Governance Issues and the Rio+20 Zero Draft

    25 Mar 2012
    New York, USA

    This workshop seeks to define ambitious and visionary outcomes on the second theme of the Rio+20 Conference, strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development and improving good governance. The working groups and presentations are centered on five major topics: implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration (transparency public participation and access to justice); international environmental governance and the next generation of sustainable development governance; ombudspersons for future generations; sustainable development goals; and ompendium of commitments. The workshop targets representatives from Governments, civil society and international organizations and takes place in the margins of the 3rd Intersessional Meeting of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 26-27 March 2012.

    Contact Email: 
    envgov@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNDESA
    Partner(s):
    UNEP, UNITAR, World Future Council
    Language: 
    ENG
  10. First Sustainable Development Mechanisms Joint Coordination Workshop

    24 Mar 2012 - 25 Mar 2012
    Bonn, Germany

    The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing the first Sustainable Development Mechanisms Joint Coordination Workshop. The sustainable development mechanisms are Joint Implementation (JI) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

    Contact Email: 
    secretariat@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Language: 
    ENG
  11. Rio Preparation Forum: Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economy

    23 Mar 2012
    New York, USA

    This workshop addresses the issue of a Green Economy for a sustainable future by providing delegates with a background of what “Green Economy” means. Presentations are given by experts from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Nature’s Conservancy, World Resources Institute and the United Nations as well as national experts. The workshop focuses on inter alia the transition to a Green Economy by putting a particular emphasis on possibilities for cooperation between the public and the private sector. Furthermore, the workshop includes a panel discussion on “green energy solutions”, including the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for a green economy and a sustainable future.

    Contact Email: 
    felix.haass@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UNEP, Novozymes
    Language: 
    ENG
  12. Training Course on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)

    21 Mar 2012 - 23 Mar 2012
    Manila, the Philippines

    This workshop aims to educate mayors, city officials and local government leaders on urban resilience and climate change adaptation in Asia. Participants are introduced to the "Handbook for Local Government Leaders on How to Make Cities More Resilient" prepared as part of the UNRISD "Making Cities Resilient Campaign". This document provides a framework for reducing risk and points out a number of good practices and tools that are already being applied in many cities.

    Contact Email: 
    isdr@un.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNISDR
    Partner(s):
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction
    Language: 
    ENG
  13. 13th DNA Forum and Training

    20 Mar 2012 - 23 Mar 2012
    Bonn, Germany

    The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authorities (DNA) Forum provides an opportunity for DNA representatives to exchange views, share their CDM experiences, and bring forward common views and issues to the attention of the CDM Executive Board. This session includes a training component.

    Contact Email: 
    secretariat@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Language: 
    ENG
  14. CDM Designated National Authorities Training

    20 Mar 2012 - 21 Mar 2012
    Bonn, Germany

    This event provides training to Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authorities.

    Contact Email: 
    secretariat@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Language: 
    ENG
  15. Seminar on Emerging Sustainable Cities: From Diagnostics to Action: From Diagnostics to Action

    20 Mar 2012
    Montevideo, Uruguay

    This seminar provides a forum to exchange experiences and lessons learned on an integrated approach to the problem of sustainability for cities of the Latin America and the Caribbean. It consists of four parts: 1) review of the status of the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative, and lessons learned from its implementation in Montevideo, Trujillo, Santa Ana, Goiania and Port of Spain; 2) a session on climate change and cities; 3) a session on governance and climate change, with presentations by the mayors of Bilbao (Spain), Malmo (Sweden) and Rosario (Argentina); and a closing panel for discussion among panelists and participants. 

    UN Organization(s): 
    IDB
    Language: 
    ENG, SPN
  16. Workshop on the Process and Requirements of the Accreditation of National Implementing Entities for Direct Access under the Adaptation Fund for the Asian and Eastern European Regions

    19 Mar 2012 - 21 Mar 2012
    Manila, Philippines

    This workshop aims to familiarize Parties with the process and the requirements of the accreditation of National Implementing Entity (NIEs) for the direct access of the Adaptation Fund (AF). The AF, established by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC, is mandated to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The possibility of accessing and managing multilateral funds independently of multilateral agencies is one of the innovative features of the AF. For an NIE to be accredited, it has to provide evidence of being able to meet the fiduciary standards set up by the AF Board. An entity that meets these standards and in turn becomes an accredited NIE has “direct access" to the resources of the AF.

    Contact Email: 
    secretariat@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Partner(s):
    UNDP, UNEP, Adaptation Fund Board
    Language: 
    ENG
  17. Global Transition Dialogue #2 on the New Economy

    17 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
    New York, United States

    In light of the “priority areas” of the green economy that have been identified in the zero draft process so far, as well as the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, this workshops focuses on practical and implementable approaches to these key areas and provides a forum for a range of actors to “cluster” around some of the goals/priority areas and develop thinking on how the transition can be achieved for each. The event is divided in two sessions: The Status: Where are we in the debate, what is the consensus, is it enough? (Day 1) and The New Economy in Practice: Practical development of the Rio +20 green economy initiatives (Day 2).

    UN Organization(s): 
    UNDESA, UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, UN-NGLS
    Partner(s):
    Global Transition 2012, CIVICUS, Centre for Environment and Development (Sri Lanka), Danish 92 Group, Green Economy Coalition, Instituto Vitae Civilis, International Trade Union Confederation, new economics foundation, New Economics Institute, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development , Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
    Language: 
    ENG
  18. Workshop on Climate Change Reporting

    16 Mar 2012
    Geneva, Switzerland

    This interactive workshop allows participants to weigh in on the evolution of climate change reporting policies. It focuses on: providing information, evidence and resources to support greater understanding of the policies, initiatives and practices that currently lead to the demand for and supply of climate change related information; identifying the main problems linked to the current lack of consistency of climate change disclosure systems; assessing the benefits of greater consistency; and paving the way for further discussions on consistency in the demand for and supply of climate change related information. Inputs gathered at this meeting will inform a new joint UNCTAD, OECD, CDSB, GRI report to be launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012.

    Contact Email: 
    vanessa.mccarthy@unctad.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNCTAD
    Partner(s):
    Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation, Climate Disclosure Standards Board, Global Reporting Initiative
    Language: 
    ENG
  19. Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum - Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development: Adaptation in Action

    12 Mar 2012 - 13 Mar 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand

    This forum provides an occasion to share frontline findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. It focuses on “adaptation in action” signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies and policies to practices. The forum aims to: showcase knowledge, practices and experiences; provide an interactive space to promote networking to maximize synergy, stimulate actions and facilitate experiential learning that supports the process of adapting to climate change; link local level adaptation initiatives with those at national and regional level.

    Contact Email: 
    info@climateadapt.asia
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNEP
    Partner(s):
    UNDP, Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, Stockholm Environment Institute, Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia, Asian Development Bank, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Ministry of Environment of Japan, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Asian-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Adapting to Climate Change in China
    Language: 
    ENG
  20. National Planning Workshop in Malawi for UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change

    7 Mar 2012
    Lilongwe, Malawi

    This National Workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the UN CC:Learn project in Malawi with concerned government sectors and interested organizations and sets the stage for the development of the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Specific workshop objectives include to: develop a common understanding of the UN CC:Learn project; define the national coordination structure for the project; take stock of relevant national and international initiatives; identify key actors to be engaged in developing the National Strategy; agree on the objectives, TOR and work plan for developing the National Strategy; and foster engagement of educational and vocational training institutions.

    Contact Email: 
    uncclearn@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Malawi
    Language: 
    ENG
  21. E-Learning Course on Low Carbon Development

    5 Mar 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
    Online

    This e-learning course introduces participants to climate change mitigation, explores the concepts surrounding low carbon development planning on an economy-wide basis and takes a detailed look at what this means in the power and transport sectors and for household electricity use. For those interested in modeling, the course discusses the development of reference and low carbon scenarios out to 2030 and beyond, the stakeholders that need to be involved and the data that is required to develop credible projections. A downloadable copy of the EFFECT model (Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus Tool) is provided as well as step-by-step instructions on how to use it.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  22. E-Learning Course on Saving Energy through Energy Savings Performance Contracts

    5 Mar 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
    Online

    This e-course discusses opportunities for energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) in the public sector. These contracts can offers positive returns to the government, energy consumers, and the environment, reducing the environmental pollution, the carbon footprint of the energy sector and a country’s dependence on fossil fuels. The e-course consists of seven modules presenting key concepts and providing opportunities to apply and discuss them. All modules use multimedia presentations and offer selected readings. Quizzes, research exercises and case studies help to broaden participants’ understanding of the topics in a pro-active way.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  23. National Planning Workshop in Uganda for UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change

    29 Feb 2012
    Kampala, Uganda

    This National Workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the UN CC:Learn project in Uganda with concerned government sectors and interested organizations and sets the stage for the development of the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Specific workshop objectives include to: develop a common understanding of the UN CC:Learn project; define the national coordination structure for the project; take stock of relevant national and international initiatives; identify key actors to be engaged in developing the National Strategy; agree on the objectives, TOR and work plan for developing the National Strategy; and foster engagement of educational and vocational training institutions.

    Contact Email: 
    uncclearn@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Uganda
    Language: 
    ENG
  24. Regional Workshop for the Pacific

    28 Feb 2012 - 6 Mar 2012
    Suva, Fiji

    This regional workshop for Pacific countries on climate change adaptation has been promoted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Launched in 1992, SGP supports activities of nongovernmental and community-based organizations in developing countries towards climate change abatement, conservation of biodiversity, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants and prevention of land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.

    UN Organization(s): 
    GEF, UNDP
    Language: 
    ENG
  25. Hands-on Training Workshop on Mitigation Assessment for the Asian Region

    27 Feb 2012 - 2 Mar 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand

    This workshop, organized by the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention, provides hands-on training on mitigation assessment for the Asia and the Pacific region.

    Contact Email: 
    secretariat@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Language: 
    ENG