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UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace: Milestone to strengthen capacity

​​The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification took place between 16 and 27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia. The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace had a stand at the exhibition center, organized a field trip and facilitated the first UNCCD Capacity Building Lecture.

In the open dialogue session on "inclusion of activities of NGOs", Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja noted the CSOs’ strong call for capacity building for actors on the ground. He also highlighted the launch of the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace as a milestone towards strengthening capacity for the implementation of the Strategy.

First UNCCD Capacity Building Lecture
Dr. Richard Byron-Cox, UNCCD Capcity Building Officer spoke to a group of approximatly one hunderd students from various schools and universities in Windhoek Namibia. The topic of the lecture "cross-cutting capacity building to the RIO-conventions" was of interest to the students, who were very interested to learn what they can do to build their capacity. 

Did you know you can add your own event to the Capacity Building Marketplace? Organizing an event related to cpacity building to sustainable land management? 

Supporting kids education in Namibia through volunteers and interns
A small delegation from the UNCCD visited “Monica`s Home of Good Hope”, a soup kitchen for poor vulnerable children, street children and orphans situated in Katutura, on the outskirts of Windhoek. Volunteers from various countries in Europa support this project as interns, sharing their knowledge and experience and exchanging ideas. 

Are you looking for volunteer opportunties, or are you lookingh for volunteers?

Exchange of ideas and getting to know the Marketplace at the exhibtion
The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace had a stand at the exhibtion space, where particpants were invited to get to know the Marketplace and share their ideas. Hundreds of people visited the stand, signed up to receive updates on the offerings of the Marketplace, and send in their ideas and suggestions.

Students from various universities in Namibia were specifically interested to learn more about the study opportunities on the Marketplace and the opportunties for study grants. CSOs were interested to learn about publishing their events and vacancies and find useful tips for crowdfunding and volunteerism.

The best ideas submitted to the Marketplace at this event could win an umbrella. 

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