4 April 2014. Sharing success stories and lessons learned is a great way to find inspiration. In order to share learning experiences in the filed of climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, has launched the call for applications for the Momentum for Change Awards 2014. Applications are being accepted from 31 March to 23 May for the 2014 Lighthouse Activities.
31 March 2014. Decision makers need accurate, recent and country-specific information to inform their decision.The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents its 2014 report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in order to feed the decision making process in all countries. The report was launched on 31 March 2014 in Yokohama.
11 March 2014. In order to build capacity on the subject of National Forest Monitoring Systems, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme and the UN-REDD Programme, in partnership with the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Zambia, organized a workshop that took place on 25-27 February 2014, in Livingstone, Zambia.
4 March 2014. Women play a crucial role in implementing climate-smart agriculture. With the goal of better understanding the gender dimensions of climate-smart agriculture, a month-long online webinar was held in February 2014 coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The eventwas divided into three topics: gender equality in agriculture and changing climate; gender-sensitive practices for climate-smart agriculture; and next steps for gender in climate-smart agriculture.
21 February 2014. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in collaboration with TERI and TERI U organised a two weeks long training in New Delhi to build awareness and knowledge on key global trends, innovative technologies, policies and inter-disciplinary solutions in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development. Over 20 government officials, policy makers, and experts from 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe participated in the workshop that ended on February 14.
14 February, 2014. WMO, UNESCO, IDB and partners organize the Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing, linking, and applying climate knowledge to identify gaps and ways to overcome limitations in the chain of knowledge going from basic to applied climate science and to informing policy and decisions that are particularly relevant for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
1 February 2014. In order to develop the knowledge and skills of postgraduate students in the field of renewable energy, the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for its new intensive four-week course on Renewable Energy, developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia.
17 January 2014. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), has developed two series of regional gender and climate change knowledge products directed to practitioners and policy-makers, working respectively in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.
3 January 2014. The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) delivers an online course titled Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively Under UNFCCC from 24 February to 20 April 2014. This 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 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) framework.
13 December 2013. The World Bank organises a massive open online course (MOOC) called Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided to educate a wide audience on the observed changes in the climate system, their causes and immediate consequences, and projected medium to long-term impacts for development.
4 December 2013. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is organising a forum entitled Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia: Bridging science, policy and promoting cooperation. The event will take place in Beijing, China, on 5 and 6 December 2013.
28 November 2013. UNDP, in collaboration with UNFCCC and UNEP produced a guide designed to build on countries’ relevant work in developing mitigation actions. It aims to support developing countries in the NAMA development and implementation process by providing guidance and good practices on the key aspects of NAMAs, including the policy framework; potential types of actions; financing; institutional arrangements and the roles of different actors; and MRV procedures.
22 November 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced a comprehensive toolkit entitled Toolkit – Reducing the Food Wastage Footprint in order to provide education and showcase good practices on how to reduce the waste and thus the carbon footprint of our food system.
15 November 2013. The World Bank Institute (WBI), working closely with the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF), housed within the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank, developed an e-learning course titled Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring to be run from 18 November to 6 December 2013. The e-course 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.
4 November 2013. The Training Center (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) organizes an e-learning course titled Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts and Practices from 18 to 20 November 2013. This course provides an introduction to key concepts and definitions of green jobs as well as to the ILO approach working towards sustainable development, through a review of tools and on-going practices.