Learning Events

Format: 2014-10-02
Format: 2014-10-02
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Course on Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards a Climate-Smart Agriculture

    24 Feb 2012 - 28 Feb 2012
    Nairobi, Kenya

    This course is a regional training of trainer event focusing on climate-smart agriculture practices through land-water management. It aims to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills on concepts and practices of climate-smart agriculture and how-to achieve it through sustainable land-water management, with updates from Durban COP17 where agriculture became part of climate negotiation agenda. The 5-day course, including a field trip day, explores the triple wins of climate-smart agriculture – food security, climate adaptation and mitigation. It features case studies, interactive exercises and innovative learning experiences.

    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Partner(s):
    African Institute for Capacity Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency
    Language: 
    ENG
  17. E-learning Course on CDM Programme of Activities: Challenges and Opportunities

    20 Feb 2012 - 2 Mar 2012
    Online

    This e-learning course helps project developers, carbon market agents, development practitioners and government agencies to better understand the opportunities and challenges of Programmatic CDM and illustrates how it can be used as a tool for catalyzing low carbon development. Participants should have a general understanding of the CDM/JI project-based mechanisms. The course is delivered in 3 modules which take about 8 hours to complete. It uses interactive presentations and provides discussion forums.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  18. Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change

    20 Feb 2012 - 23 Mar 2012
    Tokyo, Japan

    This postgraduate programme includes 2 courses. Course 1 focuses on Science, Impacts and Vulnerability, and Course 2 focuses on Approaches to Adaptation. They cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics 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. A week-long practical training on Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is provided in conjunction to the courses. The programme is open to students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme but they are also open to young faculty members, researchers and practitioners who have completed a master’s degree and are working in a relevant field.

    Contact Email: 
    james@unu.edu, teh@unu.edu
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNU
    Partner(s):
    University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research
    Language: 
    ENG
  19. Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Economics – Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor

    16 Feb 2012
    Online

    This webinar is part of a free monthly webinar series that aims to educate and foster discussion around pressing issues in development. This session presents key findings of the Mayor's Task Force on Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor which has developed a set of broad actions that cities can undertake to build resilience particularly for those at greatest risk. Among these are i) a cost effective approach to understanding risk in cities, ii) ways to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction policies for the poor into urban planning and management, iii) approaches for building institutional capacity to deliver basic services and reduce vulnerability to climate and disaster risk, iv) examples of how communities and local governments work together on local solutions, and financing opportunities for cities. After the presentation, participants have the opportunity to interact with the speaker through a question and answer session.

    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  20. Workshop on Climate Finance for Development

    14 Feb 2012 - 17 Feb 2012
    Saint Lucia

    The workshop is aimed at policy makers and energy sector planners of member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness and share information on World Bank tools, instruments and best practices on financing climate change adaptation and sustainable energy. It is designed to help identify knowledge gaps and capacity building needs of the Caribbean region in the context of climate change and discuss types of financial mechanisms suitable for OECS countries.

    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  21. E-learning Course on Safe and Resilient Cities

    13 Feb 2012 - 7 Mar 2012
    Online

    The e-Learning course exposes city officials and practitioners to cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, policy and programs stock tacking and gaps analysis, finance access and on decision making under uncertainty to identifying options and establishing priorities to make the city more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. The e-Learning course is delivered through 4 modules: (i) Module 1 Introduction; (ii) Module 2 Technical Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment; (iii) Module 3 Accessing Finance for urban DRM and resilience; and (iv) Module 4 Building the LRAP and Implementing the Action Plan.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  22. E-learning Course on Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning

    13 Feb 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
    Online

    This e-learning course aims to ensure that participants have a functional and integrated understanding of the dynamics of urban land use and 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. One of them specifically analyses the linkage between climate change and land use planning. The course includes a tutor-guided discussions, exercises on strategies, programs and action plans, and self-administered tests.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  23. Negotiating Climate Change: From Durban and Beyond

    13 Feb 2012 - 6 Apr 2012
    Online

    This online course aims to develop 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 UNFCCC framework. 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 targets mid to senior-level government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences in relation to climate change as well as staff of intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work or studies are related to this subject are also encouraged to apply.

    Contact Email: 
    ccdiplomacy@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Language: 
    ENG
  24. National Workshop in Dominican Republic for UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change

    7 Feb 2012
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    This National Workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the UN CC:Learn project in the Dominican Republic 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, the Dominican Republic
    Language: 
    SPN
  25. Webinar on Adaptation in Practice - Evaluating Innovative Approaches under the SCCF, LDCF and SPA

    7 Feb 2012
    Online

    During this webinar the GEF Evaluation Office presents findings from its most recent evaluation on the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the challenges encountered through its evaluations on adaptation funding under the Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The webinar features five presentations followed by a Q&A session.

    Contact Email: 
    azubiri@thegef.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    GEF
    Partner(s):
    Climate-Eval
    Language: 
    ENG