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Apply for great funded Internships at the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC)

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Hi guys, 

This could be an excellent opportunity for some of you!

We are please to share with our networks a call for submission of applications for IUCN-funded internship opportunities to be awarded to and taken up by successfully selected candidates at the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol (UNFCCC secretariat) in the city of Bonn, Germany.

Applications may be submitted directly to the IUCN Global Gender Office from 23 May and closure date as 20 June 2013 after which applicants will be evaluated based on the eligibility criteria as set out below.
Requirements
This call for submissions is restricted to prospective applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and are enrolled and studying towards their Master degree (or equivalent of) at a recognized university or equivalent institution.  Importantly, at the time of application – and during the entire period of the internship – all applicants must be full-time students pursuing their Master degree (or equivalent of). Such studies should be in a field related to UNFCCC secretariat’s work on climate change adaptation and mitigation, and on gender.  Only applicants from countries considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, i.e. Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will be considered. Female applicants, in particular, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Objective
The objective of this internship is to provide opportunities to a small number of students with practical, substantive experience on climate change mitigation and adaption and other related work and projects at the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn, including gender mainstreaming in these areas. All interns will be expected to conduct analysis on gender mainstreaming in both adaptation and mitigation and on activities relating to mandates of the UNFCCC secretariat.  These internships will be for a maximum duration of 3 months.
In addition to the requirements of the UNFCCC secretariat, and at the end of their internship, all selected interns will be required to present a written report to the IUCN detailing the activities undertaken, as well as lessons learned and findings from the internship which the interns may find of relevance for their future studies and to the climate change and gender community by enlarge.
Funding
IUCN shall provide a once-off lump sum of USD 5,000 to each intern to defray living- and travel expenses associated with their internship.  IUCN will not be responsible for any other expenses the selected interns may need to incur.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
In order to apply for this IUCN-funded internship, all applicants must fulfill the following criteria :
  • Nationality: all applicants must be citizens and current resident of one of the countries listed (http://www.unohrlls.org/en/ldc/25/) at the time of application.
  • Educational Status: all applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree and must be enrolled in a university programme, and working towards a fulltime Master degree (or equivalent of). Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and postgraduate stages should have completed at least four years of study and be a student at the time of application and during the period of internship.
  • Languages: Applicants should be able to work in English (oral and written).
Selection process
On the basis of the above minimum eligible criteria, IUCN will compile an initial list of eligible candidates that will be forwarded along with the relevant application documents to the UNFCCC secretariat for its review and further processing in accordance with UNFCCC rules and regulations.  UNFCCC secretariat conditions governing internships can be accessed on its webpage through this link:http://unfccc.int/secretariat/internship_programme/items/2653.php
Except as provided herein, all candidates would need to meet the requirements and satisfy the conditions stated on UNFCCC secretariat’s webpage.  UNFCCC secretariat will make the final decision on which eligible candidate(s) is/are selected and engaged for the internship at the UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany.  All candidates selected by the UNFCCC secretariat will need to conclude an Internship Agreement directly with the UNFCCC secretariat.
Application
Applications from prospective interns may be forwarded by e-mail to: iucngenderoffice@iucn.org
Applications should include the following:
  • A recent detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • A clearly set-out explanatory paper indicating the reason for requesting an internship and intended goals to be achieved if selected (+-1,000 words).
  • Confirmation of availability (month)
Questions about the internship can be sent by e-mail to: iucngenderoffice@iucn.org
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Weekly News # 18: reRoute – Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy

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  (shared post) This summer join a diverse generation of students, practitioners, and organizers from across the US and Canada to share strategies, tools, and stories about the movement to build a more just and sustainable economy from the ground up in our communities and on our campuses. reRoute: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy will bring together activists in their teens, twenties, and thrities dedicated to systemic change, economic democracy, and environmental justice for three days, July 19-21 at New York University. Early registration is on a “pay-what-you-can-afford” basis through July 5 and some travel scholarships are available. Hostel accommodations available through NEI only until June 12th. You can learn more and register at www.neweconomicsinstitute/
reroute or by emailing cheyennaweber@neweconomicsinstitute.org. Programming is still being finalized but confirmed panels and workshops include: Pathways to a New Economy with David Wood, Institute for Responsible Investment; Maliha Safri, US Solidarity Economy Network; Alexa Bradley, On the Commons; Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities, moderated by Atlee McFellin, Symcenter Making a Living in the New Economy with Elandria Williams, Highlander Center; Farah Tanis, Black Women’s Blueprint; Jessie Reilly, TimebanksNYC; Juliet Schor, Boston College, moderated by Joshua Stephens, NYC-based co-op developer Financing a New Economy with Deyanira del Rio, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project; Steve Wong, the Working World; Lauren Ressler, Responsible Endowments Coalition, moderated by Kenneth Edusei, SolidarityNYC Teaching and Learning a New Economics with Renaud Girac, University of Quebec; Brian Kelly, US Society for Ecological Economics; Olivia Geiger, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, moderated by Keith Harrington, New School Fossil Fuel Divestment and Beyond – Responsible Endowments Coalition Possibilities For Participatory Budgeting – Participatory Budgeting Greensboro Food Justice and The New Economy – CoFED and Mariposa Food Co-op Building Political Power for a New Economy– SolidarityNYC/Philadelphia Co-op Alliance Can The Economics Curriculum Be Reformed?  Lessons From Activists In France and Quebec – PEPS / Horizons Economiques The Real Food Challenge: Uniting Students For A Just And Sustainable Food System – Real Food Challenge Mapping The New Economy – Shareable.net/Data Commons Cooperative/Solidarity NYC How To Start A Worker Co-op – WORC’N Non-hierarchical Staffing Structures – North American Students Of Cooperation Bringing Solidarity Home: creating alternative housing economies through cooperative living – NASCO Timebanks Coast To Coast – Timebanks NYC/Bay Area Community Exchange Democratic and Cooperative Leadership —AORTA Collective We’ll also be offering solidarity economy tours of Brooklyn on Friday.
 
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Partnering with Eden Center from Albania

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Posted by Yula We are delighted to announce the partnership with EDEN CENTER from Albania, and we are looking forward to worrking with them on implementing the Education for Sustainability project in their country. Here are some more information about Eden Center:

 EDEN center Profile

 

The EDEN (Environmental center for Development Education and Networking) center is one of the most active organizations in Albania.

Mission: EDEN center is a nongovernmental, not politically oriented, not for profit organization aiming to contribute in a sustainable development and healthy environment through informing, educating and offering services in partnership with the interested actors.

Vision:  EDEN believes that a sustainable development and a healthy environment is possible.

The organization is established in March 2004 drawing on the expert assistance received from Milieukontakt Oost Europa and has within its structure:

*      A well established group of trainers who commit themselves in offering assistance and capacity building to its target groups;

*      A group of Nature Guides which consist of young people prepared to offer guides and environmental education in nature

*      A youth group which consist of volunteers motivated and engaged for different project awareness with community.

*      A resource centre with a diverse library with editorials and environmental information, which is created by centre’s staff, individual donation and partner’s contribution.

*      Environmental Education  center- an information center within the Tirana Zoo where nature guides provides EE activities like open classes, experiments in nature, laboratory classes , nature guides etc.

To complete its strategic mission and objectives, EDEN is focusing its work in four thematic pillars:

*      Capacity Building

The capacity building is the first working sector in EDEN center.  We have a well established group of 17 experienced trainers which are an integral part of the center.  Within this sector we offer trainings, coaching, assistance and expertise to our targets using original and interactive methods part of the EDEN capacity building methodology based on the Dutch experience.

 

*      Environmental Education

The Environmental Education sector in EDEN is one of the first sectors and it started with the first project of the organization “Nature Guides” – the ambassadors of Tirana for the sustainable development, December 2004-June 2005.  EDEN center promotes the Environmental Education program based on the unique experience of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Within this sector the center has formed and raised the Nature Guides group, the Environmental Education center within the Tirana Zoo, the manual “Get harmonized with the Nature” and the Environmental Education Kit.

 

*      Environmental Management Practices

With our work in this sector we aim to promote the best environmental practices in the governmental management policies and in the citizen’s and businesses behavior. We started working on this aim in 2005 are focused mainly in the topics of waste management and renewable energy.

 

*      Public Information and Participation

Public Information and Participation is our newest working sector. We started as a watchdog organization in partnership with CEE Bankwatch Network http://bankwatch.org/ monitoring the International Financial Institutions being the only one watchdog organization in the country. At the time being we have expanded our services in the sector being part of the Albanian Aarhus Convention Board at the beginning of 2010 and monitoring its implementation.

After more than 5 years of collaboration, investment, motivation and intensive work, EDEN offers for its target groups the following services:

Target group:  Central and local government

Offered services:   Technical Assistance

 Facilitation

 Opponece

 Collaboration and coordination of the activities with community

 Watchdoging

Target group: Community

Offered services:    Community development campaigns

                                  Awareness Campaigns

Education programs

Facilitation of LEAP & GA process

Target group:  Schools and kindergartens

Offered services:   Training on Environmental Education

Curricula development

Nature Guides

Summer schools

Awareness activities

Target group:  Businesses

Offered services:    Raise awareness activities Trainings Monitoring Collaboration for the activities with community

Target group:  CSOs and community groups

Offered services:    Trainings Assistance

Coaching

Networking

 

More detailed information is available at www.eden-al.org .

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Weekly News # 17: Free Webinar! Global governance and environmental law: Wednesday May 22, 15:00 UTC/GMT

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(shared post) Join Earth Charter International as we host international environmental law and global governance experts Peter Brown and Cormac Cullinan for a special free webinar.  They will offer a critical analysis of the current global governance system for sustainability and the role of ethics and the Earth Charter in the needed paradigm shift. The webinar will take place on May 22nd at 15:00 UTC/GMT, that’s 9:00 in Costa Rica, 11:00 in New York, 17:00 in Cape Town, 21:00 in Almaty, and 00:00 in Tokyo the next day. You can connect to the webinar through this link: http://earthcharter.wiziq.com/online-class/1247192-free-webinar-on-environmental-law-and-global-governance And for more information, read here. Please, pass this on to your friends, colleagues, and contacts and we hope to see you there! Earth Charter International
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Partnering with Zest Youth Movement from India

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 We are delighted to annoounce that we have partnered with India based NGO Zest Youth Movement, that will be implementing Education for Sustainability project in India.

The Zest Youth Movement is a national Youth movement working to empower Children and Young people to take an active role in society and fight for their right. ZYM educates them on the basis of the values of equality, democracy, peace, cooperation and friendship. It seeks to improve the situations of youth in relation to the priority areas like Education, Employment, Hunger, Poverty, Health, Environment, Girls and Young Women, Globalization, Information and Communication Technologies, and International relations. Child and Youth Development: Countries today dedicate too few resources to harness children’s and youth’s productive capacity. It is ZYM’s firm belief that children and youth have a strong opinion on global issues and they only need empowerment to feel their voices will be heard in society. Education: The right to education as one of the universal indivisible and unalienable human right is an essential instrument for the enjoyment of other rights and freedoms. Education awareness alone covers 50% of ZYM’s programs because they believe that Environment Health and intercultural understanding cannot be well understood by youth if we are weak in education. ZYM comes together to act, motivate and mobilize formative effects on the mind, character or physical ability of youth’s decent attitude, knowledge, skills, values and morals. We are looking forward to collaborating with them on this project!

Weekly News # 16: Draft SDSN Report on Post-2015 Framework Available for Public Consultation

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  (shared post) Dear Colleagues,
 
The SDSN will submit a report entitled “An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development” to the UN Secretary-General in June. A draft of this report has been prepared for public consultation from 7 to 22 May 2013. We welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions on the draft report by 22 May 2013. Please use the attached form and send your comment via email to info@unsdsn.org.
 
We apologize in advance that we will not be able to respond directly to every comment received. After 22 May the SDSN will post a consolidation of the comments. We may also issue updated versions of the draft during the consultation period. These documents will be available at http://unsdsn.org/resources/draft-report-public-consultation.
We look forward to and appreciate your input!
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