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.
26 October 2013. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organized the East and Southern Africa Regional Knowledge Management and Capacity Building Forum from 16-18 October 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 30 development practitioners from across the East and Southern Africa region gathered to look at the linkages between climate change, land tenure and gender empowerment.
18 October 2013. In order to support educators to discuss climate change in and outside the classroom, UNESCO has developed a new four day training course. The first training for 29 educators from Southern and Eastern Africa took place from 8-11 October 2013 in Grahamstown, South Africa. A second training for educators from Western and Central Africa will take place in Cape Verde from 20 to 23 November 2013.
11 October, 2013. In order to foster understanding of Programmes of Activities and facilitate their design, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) introduce the Webinar on Setting Up Programmes of Activities. This webinar is the first in a series of online events jointly organised by UNDP and WBI. The event takes place on October 17, at 10:00 AM eastern time.
9 October 2013. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management organize a Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy from 20-25 October 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya. The Summer Academy programme offers a comprehensive framework on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) financing projects. It supplies international decision makers, project developers and investors with technical and financial know-how through practical and theoretical coursework that includes core courses on policy and sources of financing, technical courses in project finance and project design, as well as real-life, on-the-ground case studies.
September 27, 2013. In order to support government action in the field of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Summary for policymakers of the report produced by the Working Group 1 (WG1) on climate science to contribute to the IPCC 5th Assessment report. The 36 pages summary precedes the official release of the full, 2000 pages long report which will take place in January.
1 October 2013. The World Bank Institute, in collaboration with the Partnership for Market Readiness, offers a new e-learning course on Emissions Trading Systems: Using Markets to Promote Low Emissions Development to be delivered from 08 October 2013 to 05 November 2013. The course provides an overview of the theory and practice of Emissions Trading Systems. The overall objective is to inform policy planners and climate change practitioners on the rationale behind emissions trading, how emissions trading schemes work, their key design elements, and the key roles and decisions affecting emissions-trading governance.