This workshop hosts discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event brings together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies to discuss lessons learned and experiences regarding the implementation of multi-focal GEF projects in the region.
Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change
15 Oct 2013 - 8 Nov 2013
This postgraduate programme targets masters or Ph.D. students who wish to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, building resilience to climate and ecosystems change. Topics covered include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation. Students also receive practical training in the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for climate and ecosystems change research.
University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research
E-learning Course on Negotiating Climate Change Finance
14 Oct 2013 - 10 Nov 2013
This e-learning course aims to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement in relation to financing climate change through multilateral negotiation and collaboration. It enhances participants’ understanding of the key objectives and instruments of international climate finance, the multilateral policy framework and key negotiation issues crucial to reaching an agreement. The course includes the following one-week modules:
-Module 1: Financing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation -Module 2: Climate Finance in the Convention Process -Module 3: International Climate Finance in Practice -Module 4: Climate Finance Agenda.
FAO Workshop on Participatory Scenario Building for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Zambia
14 Oct 2013 - 16 Oct 2013
The workshop brings together national policy-makers, agricultural and climate change researchers, representatives of the civil society to develop in a participatory manner policy and investment options for Climate-Smart Agriculture. During this exercise, participants go through a review of possible future scenarios informed by economic and policy research using techniques such as visioning and back-casting.
Online Course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector
14 Oct 2013 - 3 Nov 2013
This online course aims to equip staff from financial institutions with enhanced knowledge on climate change and carbon finance, specifically the Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms, and to provide support for the development of effective internal policies and products. It allows participants from financial institutions, banks, asset managers and insurers, to share knowledge on climate change mitigation and adaptation with an emphasis on the all-important role to be played by financial institutions.
Workshop on Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry in Mountainous Areas
11 Oct 2013
This workshop brings together experts from China, Japan, India, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to review co-benefits of carbon and biodiversity in traditional mountain agriculture and forestry and discuss potential approaches, including REDD+ to enhance ecosystem services and sustainability of mountain agriculture in future. The event is organized as part of a programme on REDD+ for forest communities, focused on learning from forest conservation in Laos and Thailand.
Workshop on Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry in Mountainous Areas
11 Oct 2013
This workshop is organized as part of a programme on REDD+ for forest communities, focused on learning from forest conservation in Laos and Thailand. It brings together experts from China, Japan, India, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to review co-benefits of carbon and biodiversity in traditional mountain agriculture and forestry and discuss potential approaches, including REDD+, to enhance ecosystem services and sustainability of mountain agriculture in future.
Short Course on Climate Change Adaptation: The Soil-Water Nexus
9 Oct 2013 - 8 Nov 2013
This short course focuses on causes and dimensions of soil and water degradation, on adaptive conservation and reclamation technologies as well as on integrated soil and watershed management. Strategies for the protection of soils by a sustainable land-use management are also discussed; principles of irrigation, reservoir design, and drinking water distribution are highlighted. Excursions to various sites inform about the latest developments in the field of soil and water management. Lectures are held by professors of Technische Universität Dresden and experts from other environmental institutions in Germany and abroad. During this course, participants are expected to acquire knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to the development of integrated sound strategies towards land-use, soil and water management.
Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management, Technische Universitat Dresden, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, German Federal Environmental Agency
E-learning Course on Emissions Trading Systems: Using Markets to Promote Low Emissions Development
8 Oct 2013 - 5 Nov 2013
This e-learning course aims to inform policy planners and climate change practitioners on the rationale behind emissions trading, how emissions trading schemes work, their key design elements, and the key roles and decisions affecting emissions-trading governance. The course provides practical knowledge and skills to: 1) appreciate the rationale for using market-based instruments in the context of greenhouse (GHG) mitigation; 2) understand the key principles and design elements for emissions trading schemes; 3) discuss critically the important trade-offs inherent in ETS design and governance; and 4) learn from design and implementation experiences of existing emissions trading schemes around the world.
Training Course: Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom in Africa
8 Oct 2013 - 11 Oct 2013
Grahamstown, South Africa
This course supports educators to discuss climate change in and outside the classroom. It provides a conceptual background to climate change education for sustainable development (CCESD), with practical exercise that takes place in and outside the classroom. It looks at the global as well as the local impact of climate change, is action-oriented and applies the Sandwatch – MAST approach (measure, analyse, share and take action) to beach environments.
The course objectives are:
• To provide an outline course and supporting documents which educators can use to develop CCESD programmes, activities or materials specific to their professional and social-ecological context. • To incorporate rigorous scientific knowledge, local knowledge and ethical reflection into climate change education for adaptation and mitigation in small islands and coastal regions. • To introduce educators to the MAST and other action-oriented pedagogies to teach about climate change and beach environments.
Workshop on Greening the Future: Bridging the Standardization Gap on Environmental Sustainability
3 Oct 2013 - 4 Oct 2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka
This workshop aims at raising awareness of the importance and opportunities of using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) standards to foster green growth and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The first day of the workshop presents major contributions made by the ICT sector to the creation of a low carbon economy, to environmental sustainability and to the development of smart sustainable cities. The second day of the workshop consists of a technical session to provide an overview of how green ICT standards are being developed and how they can be implemented at the national level. This technical session also presents some key International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommendations related to ICTs, environment and climate change.
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
E-learning Course on Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning
2 Oct 2013 - 19 Nov 2013
This e-learning course aims to ensure that participants have a functional and integrated understanding of the dynamics of urban land use and to demonstrate how to effectively utilize policies and planning instruments to manage urban growth and achieve sustainable, equitable and efficient development outcomes. The course is composed of 7 modules, including one specifically on climate change and land use planning. It features a library of case studies that illustrates good practices in sustainable land use planning from around the world. In addition, links are provided to other relevant World Bank Institute (WBI) e-learning products, including courses on slum upgrading, street addressing, safe and resilient cities, and cities and climate change.
Towards Climate Responsible Peatlands Management Online Event
1 Oct 2013 - 4 Oct 2013
This online event gathers practitioners, policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers and civil society organizations interested in responsible management of peatlands and climate change to discuss climate responsible management opportunities for peatlands to reduce the GHG emissions, provide ecosystem services and improve livelihoods as well as the assessments of GHG emissions from drained peatlands in agricultural use. The event culminates to a webinar on 3 October 2013 that focuses on different peat soil classification systems and GHG emissions from intensively managed peatlands.
E-Learning Programme on Renewable Energies for Developping Countries - Environmental Necessity, Economic Opportunity
30 Sep 2013 - 18 Nov 2013
This e-learning programme gives a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development in developing countries. It presents the case on how renewable energies represent at the same time an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. It aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers, energy/sustainable development officers and other personnel to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods.
International Symposium on Sustainable Cities: Empowering Local Governments through Capacity Building
26 Sep 2013 - 28 Sep 2013
Incheon, Republic of Korea
This international symposium intends to strengthen dissemination and sharing of good practices and lessons learned on fostering sustainable cities, in recognition of the role of cities in protecting the environment, improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience and reducing poverty. The symposium aims to identify strategies to strengthen local government institutional and technical capacity to address poverty reduction and slum upgrading, urban development, urban economic growth, urban transport and water and sanitation. The symposium also aims to identify areas for further capacity building and knowledge sharing and to identify innovative financing models to support urban infrastructure. The event brings together representatives of governments, including and local government and planning officials, UN agencies, multilateral and regional development banks, the private sector and civil society in plenary sessions, working group sessions and panel discussions.
Workshop on Strengthening Capacities to Access Climate Finance
24 Sep 2013 - 27 Sep 2013
The Ministry of Environment in charge of Climate Change Management, Reforestation, and Protection of Natural and Forest Resources of Benin organizes a four-day training for staff of the Ministry and related organisations to strengthen capacities to access different climate change funding sources. The training is organized in collaboration with the local Centre d’Education à Distance (CED) and the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, with support from UN CC:Learn.
UN CC:Learn Partners, Government of Benin, Centre d'Education à Distance, Frankfurt School
E-learning Course on Developing and Monitoring Agriculture Carbon Projects
23 Sep 2013 - 11 Oct 2013
This new course is based on the new Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) carbon accounting methodology approved by Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), developed by the BioCarbon Fund and piloted in Kenya. It presents how carbon is monitored and accounted, how the new methodology is applied in Kenya, and how it can benefit smallholder farmers.
The course is comprised of 4 modules:
- Agriculture's Potential in Reducing Climate Change Impact;
- SALM: A New Agricultural Carbon Accounting Methodology;
- Soil Organic Carbon Accounting in agricultural projects; and
Launch Event - National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change in Malawi
18 Sep 2013
Malawi is one of five pilot countries that implement a UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in 2011-2013. The projects aim at supporting countries in taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning. The project in Malawi is coordinated through a National Coordination Mechanism bringing together different Government sectors, national universities, private sector and civil society organizations. Through a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral process the country developed a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of Malawi
E-Learning Course on Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively Under UNFCCC
16 Sep 2013 - 10 Nov 2013
This online course on climate change diplomacy develops participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy-making process and the framework of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It also considers the pertinent challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. The course takes a close look at the negotiations to-date and considers key topics for negotiators as we move towards establishing a new global agreement on climate change by 2015. The course takes a close look at gender in the negotiations and also the specific interests of parties who are most vulnerable to impacts of climate change.
E-Learning Course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries
16 Sep 2013 - 20 Dec 2013
This e-learning course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers and urban and transportation planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute to sustainability in urban transport in developing countries. It allows an analysis of the important issues of sustainable transport including transport demand management, improved public and non-motorized transport, environmental protection, road safety, and gender in transport. In order to achieve sustainability, it also deals with means such as economic and financial instruments, institutional improvements, capacity building, regulation of markets and environmental standards.
The Green Standards Week brings together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, academia, standards experts and others. The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy and shape smart sustainable cities.
UNEP, UNESCO, UNU, WMO, Telefónica, Basel Convention, Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe
Blended Learning Programme on Science and Policy of Climate Change
13 Sep 2013 - 16 Dec 2013
This 12-week program on science and policy of climate change consists of four learning modules spread over three weeks on 1) science of climate change, 2) impacts of climate change, 3) understanding climate change, and 4) action and political economy. The duration of each module is 20-25 learning hours. The program is delivered through a blended learning format comprising video-recorded lectures, academic articles and multimedia among others. The program targets development practitioners, policy makers, the corporate sector, graduates and mid-level professionals.
The Energy and Resources Institute, The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, BRAC University GDLN Center, Distance Learning Center, Sri Lanka, Vietnam Development Information Center, Ho Chi Minh City Development Learning Center, Distance Learning Department (GDLC) Uganda Management Institute
E-learning Course on Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
9 Sep 2013 - 29 Sep 2013
This Structured Learning Program for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings equips different stakeholders with technical and program management skills, tools and knowledge on the “how” of identifying, developing and implementing energy efficiency programs in public buildings. This course consists of eight modules with multiple lessons in each, 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 proactive way.
This training programme for greenhouse gas inventory review experts for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention includes an online training period from 9 September to 23 October 2013, followed by a training seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam on 22-24 October 2013. Examinations are hled on 24 October 2013.
In-Session Workshop on Technology Needs Assessments
6 Sep 2013
This in-session workshop aims to share experiences and lessons learned from the Technology Needs Assessments (TNA) process between various stakeholders with a view to supporting action on mitigation and adaptation. In particular, the in-session workshop aims to address the following questions:
-What are the experiences and lessons learned from the TNA process? -What are the specific needs and practical actions that could assist countries in implementing the results of TNAs? -How can the TNA process be linked to other planning tools under the Convention?
The entire event will be also available on webcast. Viewers can participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #climatetech to keep track of discussion. To ask the panel of experts a question or leave a comment, viewers may use the same hashtag in their Twitter posts and can also send their questions or comments to @UN_climatetalks.
Specifically the panel of experts will respond to questions and comments at:
14.50 - 15.00 local Bonn time (question and answer session); 16.00 - 16.15 local Bonn time (question and answer session); 17.30 - 17.45 local Bonn time (question and answer session); 17.45 - 18.45 local Bonn time (general discussion).