Learning Events

Format: 2014-10-20
Format: 2014-10-20
  1. Negotiating Climate Change: From Durban and Beyond

    13 Feb 2012 - 6 Apr 2012
    Online

    This online 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 UNFCCC framework. It also considers the pertinent challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. The course targets mid to senior-level government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences in relation to climate change as well as staff of intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work or studies are related to this subject are also encouraged to apply.

    Contact Email: 
    ccdiplomacy@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Language: 
    ENG
  2. National Workshop in Dominican Republic for UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change

    7 Feb 2012
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    This National Workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the UN CC:Learn project in the Dominican Republic with concerned government sectors and interested organizations and sets the stage for the development of the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Specific workshop objectives include to: develop a common understanding of the UN CC:Learn project; define the national coordination structure for the project; take stock of relevant national and international initiatives; identify key actors to be engaged in developing the National Strategy; agree on the objectives, TOR and work plan for developing the National Strategy; and foster engagement of educational and vocational training institutions.

    Contact Email: 
    uncclearn@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, the Dominican Republic
    Language: 
    SPN
  3. Webinar on Adaptation in Practice - Evaluating Innovative Approaches under the SCCF, LDCF and SPA

    7 Feb 2012
    Online

    During this webinar the GEF Evaluation Office presents findings from its most recent evaluation on the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the challenges encountered through its evaluations on adaptation funding under the Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The webinar features five presentations followed by a Q&A session.

    Contact Email: 
    azubiri@thegef.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    GEF
    Partner(s):
    Climate-Eval
    Language: 
    ENG
  4. Workshop on Energy Efficiency Planning for Buildings

    7 Feb 2012 - 9 Feb 2012
    Vienna, Austria

    This workshop is part of a series of training events that have been organized by the World Bank under the program “Climate Friendly Energy Efficiency Policies across South-East Europe”. The event focuses on the energy efficiency planning cycle for buildings and covers a range of topics - from diagnostics, to auditing, budgeting and planning for energy efficiency activities. A special emphasis is given to the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of energy efficiency programs and projects in the context of South-East Europe.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  5. E-learning Course on Cities and Climate Change

    6 Feb 2012 - 17 Feb 2012
    Online

    The e-Learning course on cities and climate change serves as an introductory course providing an overview of basic concepts, policies, institutions and financial instruments. Its overall objective is to encourage city leaders and decision makers to undertake climate actions suitable to local needs. Specifically, the course provides practical knowledge and skills to: integrate appropriate climate actions into city-wide agendas; apply proven tools and methodologies to identify the best course of climate action planning; facilitate collaboration with different stakeholders and partners in planning and implementing climate actions; and utilize policy, financial and technical instruments available within and outside administrative boundaries in designing and implementing timely climate actions. The course primarily targets mid-level and senior officials, advisors and development practitioners. It includes multimedia and interactive learning elements, as well as case studies.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  6. E-learning Course on Clean Development Mechanisms and Joint Implementation: Navigating the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms

    1 Feb 2012 - 28 Feb 2012
    Online

    The e-learning course provides a comprehensive overview of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI). It is delivered in 10 modules which take about 20 hours to complete. It uses interactive presentations, case studies, and discussion forums. The course enables participants to: understand all aspects of the Kyoto Protocol’s project based mechanisms; understand the governance of these mechanisms; start a CDM of JI project; and understand the CDM and JI Project Cycles and corresponding rules and procedures.

    Contact Email: 
    wbicc@worldbank.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  7. Workshop on Carbon Monitoring of Smallholder Agricultural Projects

    1 Feb 2012 - 3 Feb 2012
    Kenya

    This workshop aims to build hands–on capacity and know how to establish monitoring systems and model derived emission factors for smallholder carbon monitoring of agricultural carbon projects. The three-day workshop is also expected to provide a platform for networking and sharing experiences among participants during and beyond the training.

    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Partner(s):
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Agro Forestry
    Language: 
    ENG
  8. PhD Block Course: Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction

    25 Jan 2012 - 3 Feb 2012
    Bloemfontein, South Africa

    This course targets postgraduate students and aims to highlight the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster management, development and risk reduction, including weather related hazards. After completing the course, students will: be aware of the multi-dimensional nature of vulnerability and the necessity for an interdisciplinary approach; be able to critically evaluate and understand different concepts and frameworks of vulnerability; be able to analyse the role of vulnerability and resilience in disaster risk management and development planning; be in the position to understand and implement models and methods for vulnerability assessment; be in the position to implement measures and activities which enable shifting from vulnerability to resilience.

    UN Organization(s): 
    UNU
    Partner(s):
    University of the Free State Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa
    Language: 
    ENG
  9. Workshop on Building Resilience with Common Capital - Managing Shared Resources, Meeting the Challenges of a Rapidly Modernizing World under Climate and Ecosystem Change

    23 Jan 2012 - 25 Jan 2012
    Tokyo, Japan

    This is the first of a series of workshops which explore ways and means of enhancing resilience of communities to climate and ecosystems change.  It discusses the “new commons” shared governance and management systems, where various actors and stakeholders can participate in working towards a low carbon, resource circulating, nature-harmonious society. The participants are invited experts representing countries in the region that have strong expertize in the management of traditional rural production (Satoyama type) landscapes systems and experts from global/regional organizations that have relevant programs associated with such systems.

    Contact Email: 
    nakahara@unu.edu
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNU
    Partner(s):
    Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, DIVERSITAS, International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change
    Language: 
    ENG
  10. Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Economics – Signals from Durban: Next Steps for Climate Change

    17 Jan 2012
    Online

    This webinar is part of a free monthly webinar series that aims to educate and foster discussion around pressing issues in development. During this webinar, Neeraj Prasad, Manager of the Climate Change Practice at the World Bank Institute outlines the key achievements and remaining issues of the Durban Climate Change Conference. He summarizes the outcomes affecting the Kyoto Protocol and the possible impacts on carbon markets beyond 2012. He discusses the emerging framework of the Green Climate Fund, reviews possible time-lines and overall highlights opportunities emerging for developing countries as the global community enters a new phase of multilateral climate change negotiations. After the presentation, participants have the opportunity to interact with the speaker through a question and answer session.

    UN Organization(s): 
    WB
    Language: 
    ENG
  11. COP 17 Side Event: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change: Helping Countries to Implement the Cancún Agreements

    7 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    During this side event, Parties to the Convention and United Nations system leaders share experiences and identify further needs for implementation of the Cancún Agreements. They also showcase best practices for implementation in the key areas of finance, mitigation, adaptation and technology transfer, as well as investment readiness on all these fronts. The event focuses on four sub-themes: enhancing readiness and technical assistance for climate finance; building capacity for adaptation in LDCs, SIDS and other vulnerable countries; enhancing technology transfer; and capitalizing on the opportunities of moving towards a green economy.

    Contact Email: 
    samatar@un.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    CEB
    Partner(s):
    One UN
    Language: 
    ENG
  12. COP17 Side Event: Launch of the Capacity-building Portal

    5 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This event serves as the formal launch of the capacity-building portal, being developed by the UNFCCC secretariat.

    Contact Email: 
    ametelitsa@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Language: 
    ENG
  13. UN CC:Learn Parallel Event: Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change: A One Day UN CC:Learn/UNFCCC COP 17 Workshop to Support Implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC

    4 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This one day workshop provides an opportunity to: take stock of international developments related to Article 6 of the UNFCCC; share initial experiences from UN CC:Learn pilot countries; review a draft guidance note/methodology to support development of a National Human Resource and Skills Development Strategy; and present learning services offered by international development partners. It targets UNFCCC and Article 6 Focal Points, representatives from UN CC:Learn pilot countries, international development partners involved or interested in climate change capacity development, and anybody interested in a strategic approach to climate change learning. The workshop takes place in the margins of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, 28 November to 9 December 2011, Durban.

    Contact Email: 
    uncclearn@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC, UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies
    Language: 
    ENG
  14. UN CC:Learn COP 17 Side Event: Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - Perspectives from UN CC:Learn Pilot Countries and UN Partners

    3 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    Building upon initial experience gained in UN CC:Learn pilot countries, and taking into account experience from UN agencies and other partners, this side-event features an interactive discussion on opportunities and challenges of developing and sustaining human resource capacities and skills to address climate change. The side event has two parts. The first part features a moderated discussion with representatives from UN CC:Learn pilot countries, followed by discussant statements from international UN CC:Learn and other development partners. The event concludes with an open discussion on key considerations that should be taken into account in strengthening country-driven human resource development to address climate change. The outcome of the event will feeds into the further development of a UN CC:Learn Guidance Note on Developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development.

    Contact Email: 
    uncclearn@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of Uganda
    Language: 
    ENG
  15. COP 17 Side Event: Kick Starting Africa’s Carbon Markets: Success Stories from the Field

    2 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This side event provides project developers, carbon asset developers, banks, and investors the opportunity to learn more about how to benefit from the African Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) Facility grant making and training activities. It showcases successful African examples of financing and implementation of CDM and Gold Standard VER projects. Lessons learned by banks and project developers involved in the ACAD Facility are shared on how to make carbon finance work in Africa. Presentations are followed by an interactive discussion on how to scale up and replicate demonstration projects and how to enhance ACAD’s impact as it enters its second phase from 2012. A video-documentary, launched in Durban at the COP-17, showcasing ACAD projects and their impacts on the ground, is also screened.

    Contact Email: 
    james.vener@unep.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNEP
    Language: 
    ENG
  16. COP 17 Side Event: Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Climate Change Research and Training: Lessons-Learned

    2 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This side event has the objective to share the benefits and challenges of North-South, South-South triangular cooperation as an approach to institutional capacity building, and to recommend how this approach can be up-scaled. Nine research and training organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Caribbean collectively form a Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D) network. The Partners collaborate in developing and testing methodologies in support of climate change decision-making.

    Contact Email: 
    sharon.oseku@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    Environnement et Developpement du Tiers-Monde, C3D Partner Organisations
    Language: 
    ENG
  17. One UN COP 17 Side Event: Results-Based Capacity Development to Address Climate Change - Lessons Learned from UN Supported Projects

    2 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This One-UN side event showcases and discusses examples of innovative and successful capacity development projects and initiatives supported by the United Nations. The event features two parts. Following a brief introduction and welcome, four country representatives present tangible capacity development projects/initiatives. Three of the statements present results from successful capacity development projects supported by UN organizations. The fourth statement is from a country participating in the 2011-2013 UN CC:Learn Pilot Implementation Phase which focuses on addressing human resource and skills development challenges. Drawing upon the presentations, the second part of the event features a moderated discussion focusing on opportunities and challenges to scale up results-based and sustainable capacity development to address climate change.

    Contact Email: 
    uncclearn@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR
    Partner(s):
    UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies
    Language: 
    ENG
  18. Social Talk on Green Jobs and Adaptation to Climate Change

    2 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This side event aims to share new research findings and information included in the publication “Towards an ILO Approach to Adaptation to Climate Change”, recently launched by the ILO on the labor dimension of climate change, and to discuss challenges and opportunities for workers and trade unions to cope with climate change effects. It also aims to share national experiences in addressing climate change impacts. It is organized in the margins of COP17/CMP7 of the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa.

    Contact Email: 
    envgov@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    ILO, UNITAR
    Language: 
    ENG
  19. Social Talk on Green Jobs and Mitigation to Climate Change

    2 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This side event aims to discuss different perspectives, share new research findings and information on specific sectors where green jobs can be created and identify opportunities and gaps encountered by countries in the transition to a green economy. It is organized in the margins of COP17/CMP7 of the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa.

    Contact Email: 
    envgov@unitar.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    ILO, UNITAR
    Language: 
    ENG
  20. COP 17 Side Event: Building Capacities for REDD+ and Assessing Country Needs

    1 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This side event discusses: current REDD+ capacities and progress in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Paraguay; an assessment of capacity building service providers in the Asia-Pacific region; tools for furthering capacities on multiple benefits; establishing partnerships for increasing capacities. It also includes a discussion on actions for the future.

    Contact Email: 
    Julie.Greenwalt@unep.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    FAO, UNDP, UNEP
    Language: 
    ENG
  21. COP 17 Side Event: Making Progress with REDD+: Applying Lessons Learned to Enhance Success

    30 Nov 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This side event notes that countries worldwide are implementing REDD+ readiness and significant lessons are already emerging.  It discusses how these are advancing REDD+ and revealing opportunities to connect with other sectors to meet climate and sustainable development goals while catalyzing a green economy transition.

    Contact Email: 
    fanina.kodre@unep.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    FAO, UNDP, UNEP
    Language: 
    ENG
  22. Climate-Smart Knowledge Day – Managing Ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihoods

    29 Nov 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    The Climate-Smart Knowledge Day in Durban gives participants the possibility to: hear from policy-makers on the implications of climate-smart practices in their countries; receive updates on results, information and knowledge addressing the challenges of food security, agriculture and climate change; and learn about the way forward for partnerships on climate-smart agriculture including linkages to the green economy. The Climate-Smart Knowledge Day will also showcase FAO support and partner country efforts to strengthen knowledge and policies for climate-smart agriculture that address food security and climate change together to achieve countries’ development goals.

    Contact Email: 
    denise.martinez@fao.org
    UN Organization(s): 
    FAO
    Language: 
    ENG
  23. COP 17 Side Event: South Africa’s Landfill Gas to Energy CDM Projects - Lessons Learnt and Possibilities for Dissemination

    29 Nov 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    The side event showcases one Sub-Saharan African country’s success, acts as an advert for other African projects in the future to raise awareness and shows that such projects are successful and could be replicated in other African countries with view to enhance the regional distribution of CDM.

    Contact Email: 
    cbarry@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Language: 
    ENG
  24. Media Training Workshop for Developing Country Journalists

    28 Nov 2011 - 9 Dec 2011
    Durban, South Africa

    This two-week media training workshop is a capacity-building initiative intended for developing country journalists. The invited participants are journalists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The main topics covered are climate change science and key issues discussed by Parties in Durban, particularly relating to climate finance, technology transfer and adaptation. A special focus is on the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and how it benefits people on the ground, not least in Africa.

    Contact Email: 
    lwaruingi@unfccc.int
    UN Organization(s): 
    UNFCCC
    Partner(s):
    The Sustainable Development Communications Alliance, Spanish Government, Norwegian Government
    Language: 
    ENG
  25. Regional Training on Solar Energy

    28 Nov 2011 - 9 Dec 2011
    Bamako and Segou Region, Mali

    This training aims to strengthen the network of experts on sustainable energy in Francophone Africa. It is intended to reinforce renewable energy institutions and qualified personnel, establish a dynamic network of scientific exchange and transfer of technical know-how, provide training and qualification for teams of trainers, and develop a communication network.

    UN Organization(s): 
    UNESCO
    Partner(s):
    Republic of Mali, Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Language: 
    FRE