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Fwd: APAN Photo Contest 2014: How do you see climate change adaptation in your life?



 



APAN wants you to take your best shot and show us: "How do you see climate change adaptation in your life?"

 

APAN is organizing its first-ever photo contest and we want to see how you photographically interpret the themes we've set out to discuss at the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum.

  1.  Mainstreaming and Transformative Change
  2.  Development and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  3. Disaster Risk Reduction and Human Security
  4. Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Change
  5.  Cities with an Emphasis on Coastal Development and Sea-Level Rise

The APAN Photo Contest 2014 begins on 28 July 2014.

 

Send us up to 3 of your best shots based on your interpretation of any of the 5 themes. They are somewhat technical – we understand. But your challenge is to submit photo(s) that accurately reflect the meaning of these themes – in other words, demonstrate what climate change adaptation is through imagery.

 

The Judging Panel will select the Grand Prize winner and he or she will receive US$500 and the opportunity for his or her photo(s) to be showcased in APAN publications. Second and third prize winners will receive US$250 and US$100 respectively. The Contest ends 1 September 2014.

 

Want to be your own judge?

On 8 September 2014, view the top 10 photos entered at: https://www.facebook.com/asiapacificadaptationnetwork

 

Vote for your favorite picture and share them with family and friends. Public voting period ends 22 September 2014. The photo with the most votes will be named the APAN Photo Contest 2014 Popular Choice Award winner and receive US$250.

 

Send your photo(s) electronically along with a completed application form to: contest@asiapacificadapt.net

 

Visit the APAN Photo Contest 2014 webpage to find out more: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/2014/photo-contest

 


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Fwd: forests-l digest: July 29, 2014



1. FYI: Release of Training Manual and Training Video on Social and Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change

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From: Etienne Delattre <etienne.delattre@recoftc.org>
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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:09:36 +0700
Subject: FYI: Release of Training Manual and Training Video on Social and Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change
Dear CLIMATE-L and FORESTS-L Colleagues,

You may be interested by the two new releases below.

Sincerely.


Training Manual Launched to Improve Social Equity in Forests and Climate Change Context
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled "Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context". The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the 'how' rather than the 'what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors. Please click here or type: http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/Improving-grassroots-equity-in-forests-and-climate-change-context-a-training-manual.php  to learn more and download a free copy of the training manual.


Training Video Explains Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change
The USAID-funded programs Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (USAID LEAF) have collaborated to produce a training video on gender equity. The video compliments training programs that target climate change and community forestry practitioners; it emphasizes gender equity as a key element for sustainable climate change initiatives focusing on Mekong's forests, including REDD+. The video explains the concept of gender equity and outlines best practices that can inform climate change initiatives on the ground. Shot in Vientiane in Lao PDR and the Baan Thung Yao community forest in Thailand, the video features grassroots and institutional knowledge and experience, on forest governance and management practices. For more information on the video or to watch it, Please click here or type: http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/A-Fair-Climate-Gender-Equity-in-REDD-.php 



Etienne DELATTRE
Chief of Party (COP)
Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong




RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests
P.O. Box 1111, Kasetsart Post Office, Bangkok 10903 Thailand
Tel:+66 (0)2 940 5700 Ext. 4122   

Email: etienne.delattre@recoftc.org
Skype: etiennedelattre
Website: www.recoftc.org





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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fwd: africasd-l digest: July 28, 2014



AFRICASD-L Digest for Monday, July 28, 2014.

1. 3ie RFP: Integration of HIV services in Sub-Saharan Africa
2. African Regional Update - 28 July 2014 - African Regional Coverage



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Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:58:27 -0700
Subject: 3ie RFP: Integration of HIV services in Sub-Saharan Africa
Dear all,
3ie requests proposals from organisations to implement innovative pilot interventions that integrate HIV services into other health services in Sub-Saharan Africa and conduct impact evaluation of the pilot interventions. The impact evaluations will measure the net impacts on linkage to care, adherence to treatment, and retention. These projects should produce robust and actionable evidence of how to safely and effectively integrate HIV services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Please note that:
  • Organisations implementing HIV and AIDS programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to apply.
  • 3ie expects to fund six grants of about US$300,000 per grant. 
  • Each grant will fund one project, and each project will combine both the implementation of the pilot intervention and the impact evaluation of the intervention.
  • While grant money may be used to fund the implementation, teams are encouraged to propose cost sharing arrangements if necessary to implement the pilot intervention across a large enough sample.
  • A team applying for a grant may include multiple organisations. For example, an organisation that will implement the pilot programme and an organisation that will conduct the impact evaluation. 
  • A single organisation may apply to implement both the programme and the impact evaluation, but will need to describe the arrangements for maintaining independence in their proposal.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT, 15 September 2014. For questions, please email tw7@3ieimpact.org .
Apologies for cross posting.

Best,
Paromita
 





Paromita Mukhopadhyay


Online Communication Officer | International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) | Follow us on Facebook & Twitter 
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Subject: African Regional Update - 28 July 2014 - African Regional Coverage
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  African Regional Update - African Regional Coverage
An update on regional sustainable development policy and practice recently posted to the African Regional Coverage knowledgebase
Latest News - 28 July 2014
HDR 2014 Identifies Climate Change as Critical Development Challenge
Read More: HDR 2014 Identifies Climate Change as Critical Development Challenge
24_July_2014: Addressing vulnerabilities is critical to ensure equitable and sustainable human development, according to the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR). The report, titled 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,' considers factors that contribute risks to human development and ways to strengthen resilience. continued...
 
Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action
Read More: Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action
24_July_2014: The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty. continued...
 
CIFOR Draws Links between Forests and Food Security
Read More: CIFOR Draws Links between Forests and Food Security
July_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a factsheet on the links between 'Forests, Food Security and Nutrition,' in the context of a growing global population and rising demand for food. continued...
 
2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability
Read More: 2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability
24_July_2014: The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) finds that reducing poverty, as well as vulnerability to falling into poverty, must be a central objective of the post-2015 development agenda. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero;' it is also about staying there," according to the report. 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, Japan, on 24 July 2014, by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, and HDR Director Khalid Malik. continued...
 
IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly
Read More: IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly
18_July_2014: At its 28th session, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewed cross-cutting elements of the negotiating texts on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and decided to forward the three negotiating draft texts as developed during IGC 26 and 27 to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held in September 2014. continued...
 
UNESCO-IHE Consortium Supports 'Water Wise' Development in Kenya
Read More: UNESCO-IHE Consortium Supports 'Water Wise' Development in Kenya
17_July_2014: A public-private-partnership of Dutch, Kenyan and German partners to develop and conserve the Mara River Basin, the Mau Mara Serengeti (MaMaSe) Sustainable Water Initiative, was launched to support "water-wise" sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation in the Mara-Serengeti in Kenya. continued...
 
FAO Steering Committee Discusses ITPGR Action Plan for Near East and North Africa
Read More: FAO Steering Committee Discusses ITPGR Action Plan for Near East and North Africa
13_July_2014: Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the first meeting of the Steering Committee discussed the implementation of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Action Plan for the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). continued...
 
ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change
Read More: ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change
July_2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund. continued...
 
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26th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 4 Aug - 7 Aug
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NAP Expo Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 8 Aug - 9 Aug
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Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa Bujumbura, Burundi 4 Sep - 5 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
 
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Fwd: FYI: Release of Training Manual and Training Video on Social and Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change



Dear CLIMATE-L and FORESTS-L Colleagues,

You may be interested by the two new releases below.

Sincerely.


Training Manual Launched to Improve Social Equity in Forests and Climate Change Context
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled "Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context". The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the 'how' rather than the 'what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors. Please click here or type: http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/Improving-grassroots-equity-in-forests-and-climate-change-context-a-training-manual.php  to learn more and download a free copy of the training manual.


Training Video Explains Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change
The USAID-funded programs Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (USAID LEAF) have collaborated to produce a training video on gender equity. The video compliments training programs that target climate change and community forestry practitioners; it emphasizes gender equity as a key element for sustainable climate change initiatives focusing on Mekong's forests, including REDD+. The video explains the concept of gender equity and outlines best practices that can inform climate change initiatives on the ground. Shot in Vientiane in Lao PDR and the Baan Thung Yao community forest in Thailand, the video features grassroots and institutional knowledge and experience, on forest governance and management practices. For more information on the video or to watch it, Please click here or type: http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/A-Fair-Climate-Gender-Equity-in-REDD-.php 



Etienne DELATTRE
Chief of Party (COP)
Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong




RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests
P.O. Box 1111, Kasetsart Post Office, Bangkok 10903 Thailand
Tel:+66 (0)2 940 5700 Ext. 4122   

Email: etienne.delattre@recoftc.org
Skype: etiennedelattre
Website: www.recoftc.org




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Nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the UN 2014 Climate Summit

 

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Nominate civil society speakers and attendees

for the UN Secretary-General's 2014 Climate Summit


 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

At the request of the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team (CCST), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is conducting an open process to obtain nominations for 4 civil society speakers and 34 additional civil society attendees for the Secretary-General's 2014 Climate Summit, which will take place on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York. The roles for these representatives are outlined in Section A below. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government along with leaders from business, finance, and civil society to the Climate Summit to catalyze ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resilience, and to mobilize political will toward achieving an ambitious, legally binding international climate change agreement by 2015. Complete information about the Climate Summit is available here.

 

Please read this entire email if you will participate in this process, as it has a few steps and specific requirements.

                                                                                           

Kindly note: this nomination process is not open to representatives of the private sector. Participation of the private sector in the Climate Summit is facilitated by the UN Global Compact and the CCST.

 

 

A. Submit nominations for the following 4 civil society speaking roles and 34 additional attendees for the Climate Summit

 

 

 

1. The following 18 civil society roles in the Climate Summit will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary General. All candidates must be representatives of civil society organizations.

 

a) One speaker in the Opening of the 2014 Climate Summit on behalf of civil society at large

Criteria: For this speaking role, the CCST is seeking a young woman (under the age of 30) from a developing country. Candidates must have a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation, as well as proven strong communication and public speaking skills. This speaker will collaborate with a diverse civil society Selection and Drafting Committee for the development of this statement (see Section C below).

 

b) Three panellists for the Thematic Debate "Voices from the Climate Frontlines" (organized by UNICEF and UN Women)

Criteria: Candidates must be able to proficiently address the questions in the concept note for this Thematic Debate. At least one of these panelist roles will be given to an Indigenous person, and at least one will be given to a person under the age of 30. Two panellists will be from a developing country, and one from a developed country.

 

c) 14 Summit Attendees

Criteria: Candidates must have a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation. These attendees will not have speaking roles in the Summit programme.

 

2. An additional 20 civil society representatives will be invited to attend the Summit through this nomination process without offer of travel funding support. These representatives will not have speaking roles in the Summit programme.

 

 

 

B.  Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS

 

 

 

Please submit your nominations using this online form.

All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here

 

Before submitting a nominee, please confirm the nominee:

  • is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network's behalf.
  • has a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation.
  • has excellent competency with climate change issues, experience with presenting climate change issues in public fora, and demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • for a speaking role: is a compelling public speaker (the online nomination form requests links to writing samples or remarks delivered at speaking engagements).
  • is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on 23 September, and for travel if necessary. The nominee must have a US visa, or be able to obtain one within 3 weeks, for travel to the US.

Please note that the Climate Summit also involves Action Area Sessions, and leaders of civil society, non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples that are actively contributing to announcements for those Sessions have already received invitations to the Summit via another process. Anyone receiving an invitation for an Action Area Session will not be considered for opportunities provided via this process to attend the Summit. Please check with potential nominees to see if they have received an invitation to an Action Area Session before submitting them to this process. The list of attendees for the Action Area Sessions will be provided to the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee for this process.

 

 

 

C.  Apply for the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee

 

 

 

A civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will be facilitated by UN-NGLS to evaluate all nominees and determine a short-list of 76 candidates for the roles outlined above in Section A.

  • 36 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General's CCST for the 18 funded roles; and
  • 40 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General's CCST for the 20 unfunded attendees.

 

The final selection of speakers will be made by the Secretary-General's CCST, with input by UNICEF / UN Women for the roles in the Thematic Session "Voices from the Climate Frontlines," ensuring regional, gender and age balance, and diversity of expertise.

 

The civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will also serve to collaborate on the drafting of the statement to be delivered by the civil society speaker selected for the Opening of the Summit, to enable a diversity of constituencies to contribute perspectives to these remarks.

 

To learn more about the Selection and Drafting Committee, and to apply to be a member, please click here.

 

Please note that members of the Selection and Drafting Committee cannot be considered for the civil society roles in the Climate Summit to be filled through this process.

 

 

 

D.  Timeline for participation in the nomination process

 

 

 

Friday, 8 August:  Deadline for applications to participate in the civil society Selection Committee

Friday, 15 August:  Deadline for submission of civil society speaker nominations

Wednesday, 20 August, 8:00-10:00am EST:  Selection Committee conference call #1

Thursday, 21 August, 8:00-10:00am EST: Selection Committee conference call #2

Friday, 22 August, 8:00-10:00am EST:  Selection Committee conference call #3 (if necessary)

 

 

 

E.  Visa arrangements

 

 

 

The Secretary-General's CCST will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers and attendees. These participants will be responsible for obtaining their visas for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within 3 weeks.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Thank you and best regards,

 

UN-NGLS  

 

 


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