Economics, Trade & Investment

C40 Mayors Summit Demonstrates Cities Leading on Climate Change [viewed]

c40summit7 February 2014: The fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Mayors Summit, which was held for the first time in Africa, brought together C40 mayors from around the world to advance urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts, as well as international engagement and cooperation.

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CIFOR Assesses Media Influence on REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

CIFOR6 February 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper, titled ‘REDD+ Politics in the Media,' which examines how the Tanzanian press reports on and influences the REDD+ dialogue.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Summaries of Warsaw Workshops and Special Event [viewed]

UNFCCC6 February 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released three documents summarizing two workshops and one special event organized under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November 2013.

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Clean Cooking Loan Fund Launched [viewed]

cleancookstoves4 February 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Gold Standard Foundation and Nexus Carbon For Development have announced their collaboration to create a 'Clean Cooking Loan Fund,' which will aim to leverage private sector investments into clean cooking technologies.

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AfDB Supports FIP REDD+ Project in Ghana [viewed]

CIF AFDB4 February 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced US$14.55 million funding for the Ghanaian project 'Engaging Local Communities in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) /Enhancement of Carbon Stocks,' which benefits from the support from the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC31 January 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the Warsaw Conference and the proceedings from the sessions of COP 19 and CMP 9.

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African Water Facility Supports Infrastructure Programme in Niger Basin [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility3 February 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) has granted €960,000 to the Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) in support of a programme for the preparation of infrastructure projects aimed at reducing natural resources depletion caused by climate change, and improving their management in order to increase agricultural production and community resilience.

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Munich Security Conference Addresses Energy and Climate Security [viewed]

msc2 February 2014: The 50th Munich Security Conference addressed a range of security-related issues, and included a panel discussion on 'Energy and Climate Security' under the broader topic of Global Power and Regional Stability. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that “climate change is every much a security threat as an armed group bent on plunder.”

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World Bank Launches City Climate Accreditation Program [viewed]

World BankJanuary 2014: The World Bank's Urban Development and Resilience Unit has launched a certification program for personnel working on city greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, low-carbon planning and climate risk assessment. The goal of the City Climate Planner Accreditation Program is to promote a global certification standard to facilitate climate planning and investment in cities worldwide.

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Event: South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (SAIREC) [viewed]

The Government of South Africa together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are hosting the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), to gather ministers, decision-makers, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss experiences and strategies for accelerating the global deployment of renewable energy. The event is aimed particularly at giving the African renewable energy industry opportunities to showcase its work and gain insights from other participants. This event will build upon previous "IREC" conferences held in Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).  

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