Economics, Trade & Investment

Climate Change Programme in Eastern and Southern Africa Strengthens Capacity, Builds Resilience [viewed]

COMESA-EAC-SADC4 February 2014: The COMESA-EAC-SADC (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community, and the South African Development Community) Tripartite Programme Management Units of the Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa met to finalize its 2014 work plans and budgets and review progress for the last half of 2013.

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Eastern Nile Council of Ministers Renew Cooperation Commitment [viewed]

Nile Basin Initiative3 February 2014: The 26th meeting of the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (ENCOM), the governing body of the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program (ENSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), discussed challenges faced in the basin, such as population growth, rapid urbanization, high economic growth rates and climate change.

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2014 SEED Awards Open for Applications [viewed]

Seed Awards 147011 February 2014: The SEED Initiative, which sponsors start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs from emerging economies and developing countries, has opened nominations for its 2014 Awards.

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Event: Third CTCN Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

The Third Advisory Board Meeting of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) will bring together observers from various organizations, including intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN organizations, and parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Advisory Board, which meets twice a year, is expected to review the CTCN's criteria and work programme as the CTCN becomes fully operational. The CTCN, the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism's operational arm, works to increase access to new and existing technologies for both adaptation and mitigation. It is hosted and managed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 11 Centres of Excellence in both developed and developing countries. The CTCN is accountable to, and under the guidance of, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC through its Advisory Board, which determines the CTCN's modalities and rules of procedure. The Advisory Board's Constitution was agreed at COP 18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012.  

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UNEP-FI and Partners Support Strategic Approach to REDD+ Financing [viewed]

UNEP FI8 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), in collaboration with the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), the Amazon Environment Research Institute (IPAM), and Flora and Fauna International, issued a call for a 2015-2020 strategic approach to REDD+ financing through the Interim Forest Finance Project.

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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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