Africa

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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UNGA General Debate Reflects on Climate Summit, Future Action [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for the second day of its general debate. Many speakers addressed climate change, reflecting on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and highlighting areas for future action.

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Djibouti, Peru Accept Doha Amendment [viewed]

djibouti-peru24 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Governments of Djibouti and Peru have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This brings the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 17.

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UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action [viewed]

climate-summit-iisdrs23 September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 has concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

unga6924 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Initiatives in Africa, SIDS [viewed]

IRENA23 September 2014: During the 2014 Climate Summit, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched two initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel dependency in Africa and delivering cleaner energy for small island developing States (SIDS). Both initiatives will seek to speed up the development of renewable energy resources and strengthen related international cooperation.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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