UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, News, March 23 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others.

The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing technical assistance aiming to promote city climate vulnerability assessment and identification of ecosystem-based adaptation intervention in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR). This technical assistance contributes to SDGs 8, 11 and 13. City Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Identification of Ecosystem-based Adaptation Intervention

A training workshop, seeking to help five Philippine cities formulate their respective Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs), convened in Angeles City, the Philippines, from 19-22 February. Co-organized by two projects, funded by the Government of Germany and implemented by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with national government agency partners, the workshop “facilitate[ed] the view on climate change as more than a delivery of disaster but an overarching condition under which cities move, grow and develop.” Building Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs;  Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-emission Development

The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), in collaboration with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the African Climate Legislative Initiative (ACLI), conducted a training for Pan-African parliamentarians on the uptake and use of CIS by vulnerable communities. Held in Midrand, South Africa, on 10 March, the training sought to contribute to the enhancement of policy and enabling environment for increased application of CIS in development planning. The ACPC is part of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme, which is a joint initiative of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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