The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided presents the analysis for the likely impacts of a 4-degree warming trajectory and stresses the need for decision makers and communities to take a firm look at their adaptation choices, while signaling the urgency for mitigation action. Participants are introduced to the risks of triggering non-linearity, and tipping elements like the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet and large-scale Amazon dieback. This MOOC ends with a discussion on the main policy choices needed to prevent warming to be above 2°C.
ILO International Conference on Green Jobs Country Assessments
9 Jan 2014 - 10 Jan 2014
This conference will bring people from 15 countries, key policy makers as well as researchers and technical experts from the ILO and other international organizations. Discussions will focus on (i) the methodological approaches, (ii) the comparison of output and employment multipliers of conventional and green industries and (iii) the projections of investment and policy scenarios. Based on the assessment results, the implications and options for green jobs policies will be discussed by engaging with policy-makers.In the spirit of South-South cooperation, countries currently conducting green jobs assessments explored ways for stronger cooperation, contributing therewith to the capacity of national institutions for evidence-based green jobs policy dialogues. The conference is part of ILO’s efforts to strengthen and scale-up technical support and policy advice on green jobs.
Conference on Urban Development with Climate Co-Benefits
9 Dec 2013
This conference focuses on how we can identify and generate large urban co-benefits or positive impacts for integrating climate change with local sustainable development goals in cities. These co-benefits can help us understand how we make social and technological transitions that can promote more sustainable urban initiatives that cut across sectors and regions and lead to radical impacts on the way our societies use environmental resources and distribute their benefits. The discussions is based on empirical research conducted to understand the policies behind co-benefits in cities in India but will also cover international experiences.
UNESCAP International Symposium on Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia: Bridging Science, Policy and Promoting Corporation
5 Dec 2013 - 6 Dec 2013
This symposium aims to review and discuss key issues on low carbon city (LCC) development in the subregion, and to exchange views on the potential of forming a subregional LCC partnership network. It seeks views from distinguished experts and international agencies on approaches to best address these challenges and opportunities in the subregion, as well as to explore on the need of a subregional partnership as a platform to bring together agencies and key stakeholders.
Webinar on Programmes of Activites: Experiences from the Field
3 Dec 2013
This webinar, the second in a series organized jointly provides an overview of key elements to successfully develop a Programme of Activity (PoA) and share practical experience of a Coordinating/Managing Entity in setting-up and implementing a multi-country PoA. The lessons learned in this webinar include Letter of Approval (LoA) issuance, obtaining financial support for the establishment of a PoA, data handling with storage, and contractual arrangements with component programme activities (CPAs) under a PoA. Registration for the event is mandatory.
Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
2 Dec 2013 - 3 Dec 2013
This workshop brings together high-level staff of Ministries of Agriculture or Agricultural National Statistical Agencies and Bureaus responsible for national greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting under international climate policy processes, to help further the conversation on how to improve statistics for GHG emissions. The workshop is a platform to exchange information on national GHG data processes, identify critical institutional and technical gaps, and explore the role that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) can play via its new FAOSTAT Emissions database.
Workshop on Generating Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas
2 Dec 2013 - 3 Dec 2013
This workshop, divided in three sessions, covers co-benefits in urban areas, sound material cycle society and co-benefits assessment tools. The first session discusses issues pertaining to identification of large urban co-benefits or positive impacts for integrating climate change with local sustainable development goals in cities. The second session looks at prevailing reuse and recycling practices which could be considered in establishing a Sound Material Cycle Society. In the last session, experts from UNU-IAS demonstratse the use of the Co-benefits Assessment Tool – a simulation model designed for evaluating the climate co-benefits of an urban energy system – and participants use their own city data to generate meaningful results.
Kyoto University, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
Seminar on National Commitments on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
28 Nov 2013
In this seminar, Prof. Donald A. Brown (Widener University School of Law) makes specific recommendations on how to increase national commitments on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions based upon “equity” and “justice”, in light of 30 years of climate change policy debates in two countries: the USA and New Zealand.
Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in Asia and Pacific
25 Nov 2013 - 27 Nov 2013
This meeting focuses on the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in the Asia-Pacific region. In this region, climate change already has an impact on changing weather patterns and consequently on peoples livelihoods and lives. There is evidence of prominent increases in the intensity and frequency of many extreme events such as heat waves, tropical cyclones, prolonged dry spells, intense rainfall, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and severe dust storms in the region. Furthermore, the region is highly subject to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. Such impacts pose additional risks for already vulnerable communities striving to combat poverty and achieve sustainable development.
The meeting would set the stage for UNESCO’s action in support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region for the remaining years of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and beyond. The meeting will develop recommendations and a plan of action to promote education as an important means to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development in APA countries.
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Building the Skills to Address Climate Change: Lessons from the UN Climate Change Learn Partnership
22 Nov 2013
The event is jointly organized by the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) of the Dominican Republic and the NGO Sur Futuro in collaboration with the Governments of Indonesia, Benin, Malawi, Uganda, as well as the UN CC:Learn Secretariat. High level representatives from all five UN CC:Learn pilot countries will deliver their remarks.
Hosted by: Omar Ramírez Tejada, Executive Vice-President, National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) of the Dominican Republic
Co-hosted by: Eduardo Julia, Director for Climate Change, Sur Futuro Foundation, Dominican Republic
Moderator: Veerle Vandeweerd, Director, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP
The event aims to inspire countries to develop and implement national climate change learning strategies in line with Article 6 of the UNFCCC. It will provide an opportunity for Parties and other stakeholders to learn from the experience of the five UN CC:Learn pilot countries (Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda). The event marks the end of the 2011-2013 pilot phase supported by the Government of Switzerland.
UN CC:Learn partner agencies, Government of the Dominican Republic, Government of Benin, Government of Indonesia, Government of Malawi, Government of Uganda
Training Course: Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom in Africa
20 Nov 2013 - 23 Nov 2013
Praia, Cape Verde
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.
Webinar on Mitigation and Adaptation: Opportunities and Challenges of the Implementation of Low Emissions and Climate Change Resilient Development Strategies
20 Nov 2013
This webinar is the fourth in a series of webinars on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS). It aims to link key concepts found in both Low Emissions Development Strategies and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies.
Low Emissions Development Strategies Latin American and Caribbean Regional Platform, Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership, Libélula, INCAE Business School
2013 Caring for Climate Business Forum
19 Nov 2013 - 20 Nov 2013
This forum showcases the contributions that business and investors can make towards climate action, while providing a high-level platform for exchange and collaboration with policymakers. More specifically, it aims to bring greater scale to business innovation on climate change; give further encouragement to business and governments to raise ambition on climate policies; and encourage collaboration among business, the UN, Governments and other stakeholders. The forum serves as a launching ground for corporate climate action. Plenary sessions and thematic action workshops maximize interaction between participants. Up to 15 sessions focus on priority themes linked to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agenda covering mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance. A high-level meeting is scheduled on the second day to distil the outcomes from the first day and put forward recommendations.
E-Learning Course on Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts and Practices
18 Nov 2013 - 20 Dec 2013
This online course on green jobs for sustainable development aims to provide an introduction to key concepts and definitions about green jobs and to the approach of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to sustainable development, through a review of tools and on-going practices. It is adressed to representatives from Governments (labour, environment, planning, finance, etc.), social partners, national and international development agencies, civil society organisations and development practitioners interested in becoming familiar with the concept of green jobs and its linkage with the ILO agenda and the sustainable development framework.
E-learning Course on Low Carbon Development: Planning & Modelling
18 Nov 2013 - 8 Dec 2013
This e-learning course has the following modules – (i) Introduction to Low Carbon Development Planning; (ii) Overview for Policymakers; (iii) Power; (iv) Household; (v) Transport – which aim to introduce participants to climate change mitigation, explore the concepts surrounding low carbon development planning on an economy-wide basis and take a detailed look at what this means in the power and transport sectors and for household electricity use. The course also provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the EFFECT (Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus Tool) model.
E-Learning Course on Policy Instruments for Low Emissions Development: From Design to Implementation
18 Nov 2013 - 9 Dec 2013
This e-learning course aims to assist the participants to plan, design and implement policy instruments to help spur low emissions development. The course starts by discussing the rationale for Low Emissions Development (LED) policy and the expected benefits of such policies. The discussion considers both contributions to global emissions reductions and local development opportunities such as:
- Increased energy security by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile prices; - Increased industrial productivity as a consequence of energy efficiency measures; - New economic opportunities and employment through deployment and diffusion of low carbon technologies; and - Reduced costs of environmental degradation.
Carbon Finance Assist, Partnership for Climate Readiness
E-learning Course on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring
18 Nov 2013 - 6 Dec 2013
This e-learning course focuses on the sustainable agricultural land management practices (SALM) carbon accounting methodology. It presents how soil carbon is monitored and accounted in an agricultural land management project, how the SALM methodology is applied in Kenya, and how it benefits thousands of smallholder farmers by generating the triple wins of enhancing food security and climate change resilience while mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration. The course aims to equip learners with basic knowledge and skills in developing and monitoring an agricultural soil carbon project with easy-to-understand course contents and visual learning tools throughout the course.
The course contains 4 modules: - Agriculture Sector’s Potential to Reduce Climate Change Impacts; - SALM: A New Agricultural Carbon Accounting Methodology; - Soil Organic Carbon Accounting in Agricultural Projects; - The Kenya Case.
This short course is especially designed to meet the professional demand of experts working in environmental management with special focus on urban design and development. Participants are expected to adapt new concepts for sustainable development and a green economy. After the completion of the course they should be able to actively contribute to the development of a sustainable resources management in their respective countries in general and to a green economy in particular.
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management, Technische Universitat Dresden
Side Event on Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas
18 Nov 2013
This event, featured during the Warsaw Conference of Parties, looks at how we can generate urban co-benefits (i.e., positive impacts for integrating climate change with local sustainable development goals in cities) in the energy, waste, land-use and transportation sectors based on empirical studies conducted in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.
The workshop convenes scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders from a variety of fields and disciplines to examine how substantive and procedural rights can be used to support, design, and implement effective and equitable solutions to address climate change and related challenges at multiple levels of governance. Anticipated outcomes of the workshop include proposals for innovative research on the relationship between rights, governance, and climate change and identification of opportunities for collaborative projects seeking to study and enhance aspects of this relationship.
Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University, Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
COP 19 Side Event: Addressing Climate Change through Education and Public Awareness
16 Nov 2013
This side-event takes place in the margins of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, 11 November to 22 November 2013. During this event, the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness showcases together with young people from around the world the crucial role that education and the creation of public awareness play in combating climate change.
UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNITAR, UNU, WHO, WMO, United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness
COP 19 Side Event: Capacity Building for Climate Finance Management - Recent Experiences and Readiness Tools
14 Nov 2013
This side-event takes place in the margins of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, 11 November to 22 November 2013. It presents recent experiences in capacity building for climate finance. The event seeks to respond to increased requests from countries (and donors) for good practices of how to build capacity to prepare rigorous, finance ready strategies and proposals, and successfully manage and monitor public climate finance.
FAO Regional Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
13 Nov 2013 - 14 Nov 2013
The seminar's seven sessions examine the use of biophysical modeling to analyze the impact of climate change on agriculture, the economics of adaptation in agriculture, collaborative work in adaptation, anticipated climate change impacts in Latin America and their impacts for adaptation policies, research priorities regarding Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) agriculture and climate change, and the way forward in regional cooperation on policies, instruments and other forms of collaboration in promoting adaptation in agriculture.The regional seminar is the fourth in a series on agriculture and climate change since 2010.
E-learning Course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector
11 Nov 2013 - 1 Dec 2013
This e-learning course aims to equip representatives of financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and fund managers, as well as other stakeholders with the necessary knowledge and skills to address climate change risks and capitalise on its opportunities. This edition is exclusive for Financial Institutions from the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).