9 April 2013, Paris, France. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Consultation on Guidelines on Climate Change Education (CCE). The event took place at the UNESCO Headquarters. This two-day meeting brought together policy makers from education ministries, delegates from United Nations agencies, academics, research institutes, education and climate change experts from different world regions.
13 March 2013, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the presence of more than 100 national and international guests, H.E. Ms. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, Vice President of the Dominican Republic launched the National Training Programme for Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development. The Training Programme is being implemented in the framework on the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development with support from the UN CC:Learn project.
19 March 2013. Key sectors and stakeholders in Malawi defined strategic priority areas and related action to strengthen climate change learning in the country at a workshop on 19 March 2013 in Lilongwe. The workshop to review and validate the National Climate Change Learning Strategy brought together around 30 participants from different Government sectors, education and training institutions, civil society, and development partners. It was co-organized by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MoEPD) and the newly created Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management (MoECCM) in the framework of the national UN CC:Learn Project.
11 March 2013. The National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) of the Government of the Dominican Republic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Teacher Training Institute (INAFOCAM) to develop a Training Programme on Climate Change for Teachers. This initiative is part of the UN CC:Learn Partnership. The high-level event was also attended by teachers, and a representative of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
14 February 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia. The National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) of the Government of Indonesia held a workshop on 14 February 2013 with over 62 participants representing 15 government ministries and agencies, 7 UN agencies (UNESCO, FAO, ILO, WHO, UNORCID, UNEP, UNITAR), the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) Office, 3 universities (University of Indonesia, University of Sriwijaya, Bandung Institute of Technology), NGOs and the private sector, to review progress on development of a National Learning Strategy to address climate change. Participants reached a common understanding of the objectives of the Strategy and its priorities.
18-19 December 2012. The workshop to validate the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development took place on 18-19 December 2012 in Cotonou, Benin. It was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urbanism (MEHU) in the framework of the national UN CC:Learn Project and brought together over 50 participants from different Government sectors (environment, economy, education, development, finance, forestry, fishery, agriculture, energy, water, coastal protection), education and training institutions, civil society, and development partners.
14 December 2012. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Committee for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (IAC/DESD) on 13-14 December 2012 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. The meeting provided an opportunity to consult with IAC members on the development of strategies on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) activities after 2014; exchange experiences on disaster risk reduction education; and discuss other issues relevant to the current and future work of the IAC.
3 December 2012. More than 250 delegates participated in the launch of the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness at a side-event on 3 December 2012 organized in the margins of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event took place just after Parties agreed on Saturday night on the new Doha Work Programme on Article 6 of the Convention which deals with education, training and public awareness. Founding members of the Alliance include: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the UNFCCC Secretariat providing the Secretariat for the Alliance.
9 October 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia. Speaking in the presence of more than 120 workshop participants, Prof. Rachmat Witoelar, Executive Chair of the National Council on Climate Change of Indonesia and Special Envoy to the President of Indonesia on Climate Change, opened the national UN CC:Learn planning workshop in Indonesia on “Developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” on Tuesday, 9 October 2012. The workshop was organized by the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) in the context of the global UN CC:Learn initiative.
19 September 2012. The technical mid-term workshop for the national UN CC:Learn Project in Uganda, 19-20 September 2012, Kampala identified concrete action to strengthen institutional capacities in the country to deliver learning, focusing on the education, agriculture, energy, water, forestry, environment, tourism, works and transport sectors. Under the theme “Designing Results-based Action to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development”, the workshop brought together more than 50 participants from various government sectors, education and training institutions, Members of Parliament, private sector, and civil society.
7 August 2012. In the presence of more than 150 national and international invited guests, H.E. Mr. Rafael Alburquerque, Vice President of the Dominican Republic launched the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development at the National Palace on Tuesday, 7 August 2012, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
22 June 2012. On the final day of the Rio+20 Summit, an interactive dialogue entitled “What Happens on Monday” took place to take stock of the outcomes of Rio and discuss opportunities for taking implementation forward. The event convened by Stakeholder Forum brought together more than 200 governmental and non-governmental stakeholders with goal to advance information sharing and networking. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/ UN CC:Learn contributed to the dialogue with an intervention on training and skills development for a green and climate resilient transition.
21 June 2012. The UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) organized a workshop on the implementation of Article 6 of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) in Least Developed Countries (LDC), from the 19 to 21 June 2012, in Bonn, Germany. During the workshop UNITAR/UN: CC Learn presented on the initial lessons learned from supporting five pilot projects in the Dominican Republic, Benin, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda, to develop a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change.
21 June 2012. The Rio+20 side-event “UN Multi-stakeholder Strategies for Scaling-up and Mainstreaming Learning for Sustainable Development”, 21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro called for new concerted efforts to implement, in partnership between various sectors, transformational strategies for a sustainable future. The event was organized by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the UN University (UNU), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UNITAR.
16 June 2012. The Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and UN CC:Learn Partners organized a side event entitled “Learning and Skills Strategies to Advance a Green and Climate Resilient Transition”, on 16 June 2012, in the margins of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or “Rio+20”), 20-22 June 2012. The event brought together more than 70 representatives from Governments, civil society and international organizations and was sponsored through the UN CC:Learn project funded by the Government of Switzerland.