El Salvador, January 2014: The eight Presidents of the Central America Integration System (SICA) have officially decided to scale-up the UN CC:Learn programme in the region. The Dominican Republic, which has assumed the SICA presidency for the first half of 2014, presented the results of their national UN CC:Learn project to SICA members who agreed on January 29th 2014 to work towards the implementation of similar activities in their countries.
21-22 January 2014, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) and the Ministry of Forestry (MoF) of Indonesia organized a training workshop for decision-makers in Pontianak, West Kalimantan on 21-22 January 2014 to support the implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +). 25 participants from national and local government, parliament, business, universities, NGOs and international partners took part. The event was supported by UN CC:Learn and facilitated by the Natural Resource Development Centre (NRDC).
22 November 2013. On the last day of the Warsaw Climate Conference (COP 19) more than 80 delegates, including inter alia three Ministers, two Ambassadors, Members of Parliament, a UN Resident Coordinator, university professors and four teachers, came together to discuss the results of three years of work in five countries (Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda). The event, which was entitled “Building Skills to Address Climate Change – Lessons from the UN Climate Change Learn Partnership”, was hosted by the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) of the Dominican Republic and the Sur Futuro Foundation.
16 November 2013. The COP 19 side event "Combatting Climate Change through Education and Training” (organized by the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness) featured nine panellists from a range of youth initiatives, the education sector and UN agencies. Each presented a different project, programme or principle, reflecting the breadth of initiatives the UN Alliance umbrella draws together and brings into dialogue and collaboration.
1 November 2013, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMD) and the National Institute of Education and Training of Teachers (INAFOCAM) invested on 1 November more than 400 teachers who completed the Programme of Education on Climate Change for Sustainable Development, designed by UNESCO, in the Jaragua Hotel.
24-27 September 2013. A four-day training was conducted in Bohicon, Benin for staff of the Ministry of Environment in charge of Climate Change Management, Reforestation, and Protection of Natural and Forest Resources and related organisations to strengthen capacities to access different climate change funding sources. Altogether 30 staff were trained. The training was organized under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment 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.
2-3 October 2013. Representatives from 12 UN organizations and 5 UN CC:Learn pilot countries (Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda) participated in the 4th Steering Group Meeting of UN CC:Learn Partners, 2-3 October 2013, Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting reviewed progress made and lessons learned from the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of UN CC:Learn and recommended an up-scaling of support to countries in line with guidance provided under Article 6 of the UNFCCC.
9 October 2013. The Government of Malawi has, in the months of September and October 2013, trained 257 forestry assistants across the country in climate change, in an ongoing effort to enhance knowledge and skills in climate change management among key personnel in sectors that are threatened by climate change. The training was implemented by different ministries of the country and LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa with support from the UN CC:Learn Project.
16-17 September 2013. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) organized the Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Committee for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (IAC/DESD) on 16-17 September 2013 at UNICEF headquarters in New York, USA. The meeting provided an important opportunity to share best practices and take stock of the ESD agenda setting process beyond 2014.
18 September 2013. The Right Honourable Ms Halima Daud MP, the Malawi Minister for Environment and Climate Change Management, launched Malawi’s Climate Change Learning Strategy today, in front of a full house at the Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel. The strategy implementation has already started. For example, a poster in English and vernacular language was produced and field tested, then printed in 15,000 copies as teaching aids for primary schools. The poster was distributed in the more than 5000 Malawian primary schools. Additionally, specific training on climate change was provided to more than 200 frontline forestry extension workers and 200 health surveillance staff.
29 August 2013. In front of a packed auditorium at the Kartika Chandra Hotel in Central Jakarta, the President of Indonesia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Dr. Rachmat Witoelar, launched the National Climate Change Learning Strategy. The event is part of the national UN CC: Learn pilot project. More than 20 government sectors were represented at the launch. Seven UN agencies attended as well as key donors including the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.
13 August 2013. The UN CC:Learn Initiative is currently featured in an online article published by UNEARTH News. The article, titled UN initiative aims to help nations sculpt climate change education frameworks, presents a comprehensive account of UN CC:Learn. It first relates how the project came to be, underlining the importance of education in the international climate change response. It then describes a few key accomplishments of the project in the five pilot countries, taking the time to highlight the importance of an integrated UN approach to the issue of education and climate change.
7-8 August 2013. The National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) of the Dominican Republic organized a capacity-building workshop on climate finance from 7-8 August 2013, in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. The event, which gathered 38 participants, is part of the second phase of the national UN CC:Learn pilot project.
26 July 2013. The Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management produced a poster centred on the message Climate change is real. Act now!. This poster aims to raise children’s awareness and is developed as part of the national UN CC:Learn pilot project, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The poster was first designed during a workshop in which several experts from different ministries completed a first draft which was then completed through field testing with over 400 learners and teachers.
28 June 2013. At a high-level event with over 60 participants Uganda’s Minister of Water and Environment, H.E. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu launched the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development 2013-2022 on 28 June 2013, Kampala, Uganda. In his remarks the Minister highlighted that the National Strategy was a decisive step for Uganda to strengthen its national learning system to make sure people, especially the young generation, had the right knowledge and skills to build a climate smart future.