Africa

UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers [viewed]

unredd-forestcarbon28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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UN-REDD Releases Semi-Annual Progress Update [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released its 2014 Semi-annual Progress Report in preparation for its 13th Policy Board Meeting. The report highlights the completion of the external evaluation of UN-REDD, which covered the period 2008 to 2013.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

G77logo26 September 2014: The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues.

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ADF 9 Recommends Policies to Address Poverty, Attract Financing [viewed]

adfix16 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Ninth African Development Forum (ADF IX) agreed the Marrakech Consensus, which outlines recommendations on fiscal policies and regulatory frameworks to address poverty and attract and deploy capital. The Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Innovative Financing for Africa's Transformation,' focused on: domestic resource mobilization, including for Africa's structural transformation; illicit financial flows (IFFs), private equity, partnerships and climate financing for Africa's adaptation and mitigation needs.

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Guest Article #114: Climate Finance for Global Impact [viewed]

GEF: US$3 Billion Climate Finance for Global Impact

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It is no longer a threat; it is already a reality. Atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations continue to increase at a rapid pace, and will exceed 400 ppm in the very near term.

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CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests [viewed]

cbfp22 October 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened a partners meeting to discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central Africa. The meeting focused mostly on REDD+, community forestry, agriculture and climate change, impacts of climate change on mangroves, and mitigation in arid areas, with participants concluding that while significant attention has been paid to REDD+ in Central Africa, the discourse needs to be expanded to include other ecosystems beyond tropical forests.

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Central African Countries Agree to Regional SE4ALL Vision [viewed]

SE4ALL21 October 2014: Central African countries have come together to back a regional policy on universal energy access and to promote social and economic development under the UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. In committing to a SE4ALL Action Agenda, countries will focus on doubling the share of renewables and the rate of energy efficiency improvement, as well as ensuring access to modern energy services for their populations.

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