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.
31 October 2012. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published an Atlas of Health and Climate. The Atlas is the product of collaboration between the meteorological and public health communities and provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges.
19 October 2012. The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing an “Interagency Learning Forum on Green Jobs: Local Strategies and Actions", from 3-14 December 2012, in Turin, Italy. United Nations Partners that support the event include the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN’s Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Deadline for application is 31 October 2012.
16 October 2012. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance. In order to strengthen the skills of government officers and diplomats working in this field, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is delivering an e-learning course on Negotiating Climate Change Adaptation and Loss and Damage: From Cancun and Beyond, from 15 October to 16 November 2012.