Africa

UNGA Debate Concludes with Focus on 2015 Agreement, Link to Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: On the final day of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 69th General Debate, speakers again addressed: their countries priorities for the post-2015 development agenda; climate change; health; and security. Closing the Debate on 30 September, UNGA President Sam Kutesa urged Member States to “make real and meaningful change in the livelihoods of humanity and the health of our planet.”

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Leaders, Communities Voice Support for Zero Hunger Challenge [viewed]

zero-hunger25 September 2014: A high-level event, titled ‘Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact,' was organized by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Mexico and the Netherlands, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Femi Oke, Al Jazeera, served as moderator. The event took place on 25 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's 69th session.

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Nigerian NGO Reducing Indoor Air Pollution through Clean Stoves [viewed]

smf25 September 2014: SMEFunds, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nigeria, has announced that its clean cook stoves programme will reach over one million women and households in Africa by 2015. The announcement was made during the ‘Indoor Air Pollution' event, organized on 25 September 2014, in New York, US, on the sidelines of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Change, Renewable Energy, SLM [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014 entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the challenges of climate change. Delegates addressed climate change impacts, climate financing and the role of renewable energy and climate smart agriculture (CSA) in tackling climate change.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS [viewed]

United Nations27 September 2014: During days three and four of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, many speakers addressed climate change. Speakers focused on international and national action, including transitions to renewable energy, and financing. Small island developing States (SIDS) particularly urged action, emphasizing they are already experiencing adverse effects on food and water security, biodiversity and oceans.

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CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links [viewed]

CGIAR25 September 2014: The first CGIAR Development Dialogues held in New York, US, focused on the role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, landscapes, and food systems with regard to climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting followed CGIAR's announcement at the Climate Summit 2014 to dedicate at least 60% of its annual budget to climate-smart agriculture.

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World Bank Identifies Clean-Tech Market Opportunities for SMEs [viewed]

world-bank-group24 September 2014: The World Bank Group has released a report, titled ‘Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries,' which quantifies opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to generate profits and create jobs, while providing solutions to climate challenges.

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AfDB to Enhance Climate Finance Access [viewed]

AfDB23 September 2014: On the eve of the UN Climate Summit, the African Development Bank (AfDB) participated in high-level meetings on financing opportunities for a climate-smart Africa, including the Clim-Dev Africa Special Fund (CDSF) and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative.

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UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses [viewed]

UNU23 September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom.

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Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds [viewed]

african-risk-capacity22 September 2014: In order to leverage available capital for climate change adaptation, African States are set to announce the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a multi-year funding mechanism that will issue climate change catastrophe bonds. The bonds, to be issued in 2016, will provide additional financing to participating countries to enhance adaptation investments, in case extreme heat, droughts, floods or cyclones increase in frequency and intensity in Africa.

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