Upcoming Learning Events
29 May 2020 | Online
The live stream of 29 May 2020 is designed to have key stakeholders to share ideas on the Subregion’s challenges and opportunities with regard to concrete skills-building for economic diversification in order to identify salient issues for systematic inclusion on the agenda of the 36th session of the ICE.
2 Jun 2020 to 3 Jun 2020 | Online
The Council, the GEF's main governing body, comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries, and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts, and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.
3 Jun 2020 to 5 Jun 2020 | Online
Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 will explore research and practical examples of sustainable resource management in communities around the world and how these management strategies support the achievement of the SDGs.
Organization(s): United Nations University
Partner(s): Technische Universität Dresden; Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
3 Jun 2020 to 5 Jun 2020 | Online
2020 marks the start of what many believe will be the most important decade of the century. The global community has committed itself to ending poverty, hunger, malnutrition, gender inequality and the degradation of ecosystems by 2030.
The event will have a focus on climate action, aiming at answering the following questions: How can we reduce emissions from agriculture by 30% by 2030? How can we address risks to food security related to maladapted land use or climate impacts, e.g. increasing competition for land from the non-food sector (timber, bioenergy, etc.)? How can seed system diversity enhance agro-biodiversity for climate adaptation? How can productive agroecosystems become long-term carbon sinks? How can we strengthen the resilience of social and ecological systems vis-à-vis climate change?
15 Jun 2020 to 24 Jul 2020 | Online
This joint UN Climate Change - UNSSC online course offers a holistic and integrated approach to climate change and demonstrates the interlinkages and interdependencies between sustainable development and climate change to make informed policy choices towards low-carbon and climate-resilient sustainable development.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Explain key elements of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda and the role of climate action in the broader context of sustainable development;
2. Identify and articulate the interrelations and inter-dependencies between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in five critical dimensions of sustainable development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership;
3. Identify and articulate best practices to ensure coherence and mutual reinforcement between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
4. Explain existing tools and instruments to mainstream sustainable development and climate action into national development policies and planning.
Organization(s): UN System Staff College
15 Jun 2020 to 19 Jun 2020 | Online
This online Forum will showcase Africa’s innovation and production potential, promote knowledge exchange and information exchange, link investors and innovators as well as facilitate collaboration and technology partnerships.
22 Jun 2020 to 10 Sep 2020 | Online
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2020 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. This Forum will provide structured opportunities to network, learn, and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. The Agenda and Programme of the Forum will be built on the basis of the submissions received during the Open Consultation Process.
Furthermore, the 2020 WSIS Forum (WSIS+15) will provide an opportunity to serve as a platform to track the achievements of WSIS Action Lines in collaboration with the UN Agencies involved and provide information and analyses of the implementation of WSIS Action Lines since 2005.
Organization(s): ITU; UNDP; UNCTAD and UNESCO
6 Jul 2020 to 10 Jul 2020 | Dominican Republic
Regional Climate Weeks bring together private- and public-sector representatives to share ideas and make connections in discussions, meetings and exhibitions on diverse themes related to climate action and sustainable development. They are meant to encourage and facilitate the implementation of ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and help deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
21 Sep 2020 to 23 Oct 2020 | Online
As the understanding among financial institutions of the risks and opportunities imposed by climate change becomes more nuanced and sophisticated, and given the recent emergence of corresponding assessment & disclosure logics – first and foremost those underpinned by the 2017 recommendations of the FSB Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), there is now a need for new climate change training tailored to the financial services industry.
The key areas addressed in this course are:
1. Climate change as a physical, meteorological phenomenon and the impacts of climate change, covering the basic science of climate change, including the latest scientific insights as compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
2. The societal response to climate change as a policy-related, economic and technological matter, covering the international climate change regime, its history, and current discussions and challenges; as well as the main policy-related and technological responses to climate change at the national level;
3. Assessing the credit risks and opportunities from physical climate change;
4. Assessing the credit risks and opportunities from the transition to the low-carbon economy.
Organization(s): UN environment
Language(s): English and Spanish
4 Oct 2020 to 12 Oct 2020 | Bonn, Germany
The Bonn Climate Change Conference will host a wide range of events, meetings, and negotiating sessions that will set the stage for raising ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate resilience-building efforts, and ensure that climate policy is built on a solid foundation of the best available science and knowledge.