16.04.2015.UNDP and Transparency International, with support from the UN-REDD Programme, have launched a new e-learning module on “Building integrity in REDD+”. This free e-learning module will focus on corruption challenges and solutions regarding multilateral initiatives “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD+).
2 April, 2015. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the complete version of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). This release includes the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and the longer SYR with an introduction, four topics and six annexes. The SYR's key findings are; 1) human influence on the climate system is clear, 2) more disruption to the climate leads to a greater risk of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts, and 3) limiting climate change is possible.
3 February 2015. The University for Peace (UPEACE) and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) will organize an online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security.” The course duration is six weeks, and it takes place from April 8th to May 19th, 2015.
16 February 2015. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Météo et Climat - Société Météorologique de France organize a Media-Workshop dedicated to professionals in weather and climate information on 31 March 2015, in Paris, France. This workshop aims to raise awareness on climate change among weather presenters and meteorologists around the world. It provides an opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge and explore good practices in an international environment.
3 February 2015. Even if mitigation targets are met in the future, both the risks and the impacts of climate change are expected to increase significantly in coming decades. With the aim of promoting effective adaptation to climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) published The Adaptation Gap Report 2014 during Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.
10 January 2015. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) presents an online conference entitled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector. Forestry policy makers, forest economists, scientists and researchers from all over the world are expected to register. The conference will take place in six sessions from 6 -27 February 2015. More than 1,300 registrations have already been received from 127 countries.
15 January 2015. World Bank e-Institute initiated a free online course about climate finance, with 1) an overview of the critical concepts of climate finance and 2) tangible best practices for scaling-up international climate finance to address mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries. The course will take place from 2 February to 23 February 2015.
4 December 2014, Lima, Peru. While ‘NAP’ (short for National Adaptation Plan) was just another international buzzword a few years ago, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are translating the concept into reality, influencing planning and budgeting at national, sub-national and local levels. At the same time LDCs are facing extreme and very pressing challenges as a result of climate change, in particular in the Sahel region.
9 December 2014. The World Bank Treasury and the World Bank Climate Change Group organize a webinar on Leveraging the Capital Market for Climate Change: Exploring the Opportunity of Green Bonds in Asia on 16 December 2014. This webinar intends to provide a basic understanding about green bonds and how they fit in the climate finance landscape.
19 November 2014, Washington DC, United States. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the fifth edition of its Emissions Gap Report, which draws on the research of the world's main atmospheric science, climate change and policy centers to present a unified message on the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, present and future, using shared indicators.
10 November 2014, Geneva, Switzerland. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened a conference aimed to ensure that: weather and climate services consider the special needs and strengths of women in order to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate change; and realize their potential as champions of community resilience.
4 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium. The 4th annual Global Meeting of the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme focused on MRV of mitigation actions. More than 70 participants discussed and learned on related topics.
24 October 2014, Gempolsari, Indonesia. The Climate Field School, organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with the Agriculture Agency of Banten Province in the village of Gempolsari, convened for a three-month session from 14 July to 3 October 2014, during which farmers reported a 25% increase in corn harvests.
October 17, 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In order to accelerate the growth of new green businesses in the region and help reduce the significant threats posed by climate change, infoDev/World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP), in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) developped Vietnam’s first-ever Clean Tech Bootcamp. Twenty four innovative clean-tech startups graduated from this program which helps small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) develop and bring to market innovative clean-energy and energy-efficiency solutions and adaptation technologies in the areas of transportation, agribusiness, and water management.
10 October 2014. There are several ongoing processes on climate change mitigation in agriculture within the UNFCCC process. In order to raise awareness about NAMAs in agriculture and land use sectors and guide participants to take the first steps in national processes, the FAO, through its MICCA programme, is organizing an online learning event entitled “Getting ready for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Agriculture”.