31 January 2013. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) just launched a new e-learning course on Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change. The course, which is open to the public, was developed with the support of the Agence Francaise de Développement.
23 January 2013. The World Bank Institute (WBI) offers an e-learning course titled Economics of Climate-Resilient Development from 04 February to 05 March 2013. The course reviews the scientific consensus on changes in climate patterns and projections to the future, explains the rationale for countries to develop climate-resilient plans and introduces a How-to Framework for Climate-Resilient Development Plans.
9 January 2013. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a Sandwatch training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, in Wakatobi, Indonesia, on 17 and 18 December 2012. The training involved eighteen students and six teachers from 3 local schools and started implementation of Sandwatch activities in the island.
11 December 2012. The NAMA Partnership was launched on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar. The Partnership consists of UN agencies, development banks, bilateral organizations and other organizations and focuses on information and knowledge sharing to deliver know-how in support of developing countries.
6 December 2012. In order to support capacity-building for the development of development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre just launched a learning facility titled NAMAcademy. The NAMAcademy offers courses and couching for developing country public officials who need to formulate national or local policy initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
5 December 2012. Capacity building is needed not only to enable developing countries to use clean technologies, but also to assess technology needs and support low emission development planning. This was one of the key messages of a One UN side-event entitled “Building Capacity for Effective National Planning and the Deployment of Clean Technologies”, 5 December 2012, Doha, Qatar co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in partnership with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The event which took place in the margins of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) engaged around 40 participants in an interactive dialogue.
27 November 2012. Youth representatives at the One UN side event “Climate Change and Education - Making the Future Work for You(th)” held on 27 November 2012 in Doha, Qatar, presented their activities aimed at raising awareness and engaging young people in addressing climate change. The event, attended by over 60 participants, was coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), along the margins of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC.
20 November 2012. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Tehran Office and the Iranian Association for Studies on the Information Society (IRASIS), with support from the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) held a Climate Change Reporting Workshop for media professionals, on 5-6 November 2012, in Tehran, Iran. The workshop was attended by 18 participants.
14 November 2012. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a Workshop on Climate Change for Asian mayors and senior urban officials on 29 October 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The one-day workshop brought together decision-makers, regional development partners and city government representatives from 10 cities across Asia.
12 November 2012. The World Bank Institute (WBI) is offering a new session of the E-learning Course on Safe and Resilient Cities, from 19 November to 19 December 2012. Deadline for application is 15 November 2012. This e-learning course focuses on disaster risk management (DRM) at the city level. Participants will learn, in particular, about planning and decision making under uncertainty and how to make their cities more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters.