African Experts Refining Position for Copenhagen [viewed]

© UNECA19 October 2009: The Second Technical Meeting of the African high-level expert panel and negotiators on climate change has opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a view to updating the African common negotiating position for Copenhagen. The meeting is organized by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Union, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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The largest ever youth gathering on climate change, the TUNZA International Youth Conference, convened in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 17-23 August 2009.

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APF Special Session on Climate Change Highlights Africa's Climate Change Concerns and Expectations [viewed]

© APF2 September 2009: The Africa Partnership Forum's (APF) one-day high-level session on climate change in Africa concluded with an expression of the region's determination to make a significant contribution to efforts at reducing global emissions.

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ECA Lecture Series Highlights Africa's Response to Climate Change [viewed]

© UNECA22 June 2009: As part of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Library Book Review Series, the UNECA organized a lecture to revisit the Stern Review on Climate Change on 22 June 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kwadwo Tutu, UNECA Economic Affairs Officer, and Josue Dione, Director of UNECA's Food Security and Sustainable Development Division and Coordinator of UNECA's African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), highlighted the impacts of climate change on Africa, as well as the measures being taken in the region in response to this challenge.

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UN Regional Commissions Hold First GEE21 Project Meeting [viewed]

© UN 5 June 2009: Representatives from the five UN regional commissions, namely the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Economic and Social Commission for East Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA), gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4 June 2009, for the first meeting of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) project.

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Joint AU and UNECA Conference to Consider Progress Report on Implementation of Climate Change Programme [viewed]

May 2009: The Meeting of the Committee of Experts of the Second Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will take place in Cairo, Egypt, from 2-5 June 2009. During the meeting, experts will consider a Progress Report on Climate Change and Development, which aims to update the 2009 Joint Annual Meetings on the progress made in the implementation of the Climate Change and Development (Clim-Dev) Africa programme by the AU Commission and the UNECA since the 2008 conference (E/ECA/COE/28/9; AU/CAMEF/EXP/9(IV)).

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UNECA: Science and Technology Can Help Africa Deal with Economic Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNECA30 April 2009: Speaking on behalf of Abdoulie Janneh, UN Economic Commission for African (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Josué Dioné, Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the UNECA, addressed the first session of the UNECA's Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST-1), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 April-1 May 2009.

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High-Level African Women Call for Gendered Solutions to Financial, Food and Climate Change Crises [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

4 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) organized a press conference with high-ranking African women who are attending the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The panel called for gender-specific responses, including plans and programmes to address the impacts of the financial, food and climate change crises.

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ECA Partnership Forum Stresses Importance of Forging Africa's Common Position on Climate Change [viewed]

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

27 February 2009: The annual Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Partnership Forum, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February 2009, offered the ECA and its development partners the opportunity to exchange views and provide an update on ongoing initiatives, as well as to showcase new ones. This year's discussion was dominated by the African climate change initiative, a programme initiated in 2006 and led by the Climate Information for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa) programme – a joint partnership between the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the ECA.

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UNEP GC25/GMEF Takes Decisions on Climate, International Environmental Governance and Mercury [viewed]

25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

23 February 2009: Delegates to the 25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC25/GMEF), which met from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, took 17 decisions including on international environmental governance, a significantly increased UNEP budget, support to Africa on climate change, and mercury. In the decision on support to Africa, the GC requests the UNEP Executive Director to work with the UN Economic Commission for Africa to provide technical support to the African Climate Policy Centre once established, and to promote the mainstreaming of climate change into social and economic development processes. On coordination within the UN, the GC welcomes the Executive Director's efforts as chair of the UN Environment Management Group, including in promoting the UN's commitment in moving towards climate neutrality. In addition, the GC approved funding to support climate change activities.

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