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.
27 September 2013. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Technische Universitat Dresden, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) organize the 60th Short Course on Climate Change Adaptation - The Soil-Water Nexus to be held from 9 October to 8 November 2013, at the Technische Universitat Dresden, in Dresden, Germany.
20 September 2013. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with the International Training Centres for Local Actors (CIFAL) Scotland and Strathclyde University, have developped an online learning programme titled Renewable Energies for Developping Countries: Environmental Necessity - Economic Opportunity. The programme will take course will run from 30 September to 18 November 2013.
13 September 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Global Agenda of Action and LEAP, Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performances is organizing an Online Learning Event on Tackling Climate Change through Livestock: Global Assessment and Multi-stakeholder Initiative from 22 to 24 October 2013. The event consists of two online webinars and facilitated discussions between the sessions.
06 September 2013. The International Training Center (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) organizes a Learning Forum on Green Jobs: Local Strategies and Actions. This forum will take place from 4 to 15 November 2013, in Turin, Italy. It provides learning, knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities to appraise green jobs strategies and actions implemented in different regions and their potential for sustainable local development and decent work creation.
30 August 2013. The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) has developed an intensive Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change. The programme has been developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia for which UNU-ISP acts as the Secretariat. The programme will run from 15 October to 8 November 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
23 August 2013. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in partnership with the International Emission Trading Association (IETA) and Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) has launched the 2013 UNFCCC/CDM Photo and Video Contest. The two categories of the contest – photo and personal video – are meant to inspire participants to communicate a complex message in a way that might surprise, entertain and provoke thought.
16 August 2013. The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) have jointly developed a distance learning programme on Science and Policy of Climate Change using blended learning technologies. It follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and also employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing.
6 August 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook. The purpose of the sourcebook is to further elaborate the concept of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and demonstrate its potential, as well as limitations. It aims to help decision makers at a number of levels, including political administrators and natural resource managers, to understand the different options that are available for planning, policies and investments and the practices that are suitable for making different agricultural sectors, landscapes and food systems more climate-smart.
31 July 2013. The United Nation Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) organises an online course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector from 14 October to 3 November 2013. The registration is now open. The course goal is to educate and enable key senior and mid-level executives to further understand the business complexities presented by climate change.
26 July 2013. The United Nations University (UNU) has published a Toolkit on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science. This document provides access to links and reference to a wealth of resources aimed at assisting indigenous peoples, local communities, policy makers and other stakeholders in accessing research on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
4 July 2013. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) offers a new session of its Online Course on IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change. The course, provided in partnership with the Universidad del Valle (Colombia), the Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia) and The International Centre for Water Hazard (ICHARM, Japan), will be delivered from 2 September 2013 to 6 January 2014 (18 weeks).
7 June 2013. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) are organising the Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) 2013. This event will take place from 28-30 August 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and gather more than 800 participants.
27 May 2013. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), has launched The Global Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Clearinghouse, a new hub for cooperation and knowledge-sharing on ideas and practices for advancing towards a carbon-efficient and sustainable development.