Africa

World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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CIFOR Reports on Forest Capacity Building in the DRC [viewed]

cifor-icraf14 October 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and universities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), supported by the European Commission (EC), are building forest management capacity in the country.

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AfDB Launches Green Bond Programme for Financing Climate Solutions [viewed]

AfDB11 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched its inaugural Green Bond, which aims to provide funding for low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, focusing on, inter alia, programmes for sustainable energy and resilient landscapes. It furthers AfDB's aim to increase the use of public-private partnerships to meet development challenges.

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COMESA Receives US$100 Million to Support Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

ComesaOctober 2013: The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Climate Initiative has announced that it has received US$100 million from development partners to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, including climate proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the region.

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Second Committee Discusses Development in General Debate [viewed]

UNGA11 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) conducted its General Debate for the 68th Session, held from 9-11 October 2013, in New York, US. Speakers addressed development issues of concern to their countries including in the context of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and agreeing on the post-2015 development agenda. They also addressed issues of financing for development, poverty eradication, countries in special situations, and technology transfer, while outlining important issues for a sustainable development agenda. 

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UNFCCC Releases Documents on Response Measures, LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC9 October 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published documents for consideration by parties at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19), including: a report on the in-forum expert meeting on the impact of the implementation of response measures; a report on the 24th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG); and a synthesis report on the regional training workshops on adaptation for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for 2012-2013.

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Effective Risk Management Critical to Poverty Eradication: 2014 World Development Report [viewed]

World Bank6 October 2013: According to the World Bank Group's 2014 World Development Report (WDR), titled ‘Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development,' effective risk management is critical in the fight to end poverty because it can provide both resilience to withstand adverse events and the ability to take advantage of development opportunities.

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African Stakeholders Discuss Green Climate Fund at AfDB Meeting [viewed]

AfDB7 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) coordinated an African stakeholder consultation meeting on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with the purpose of promoting discussion on the design and the operationalization of the Fund among stakeholders in the region and the African Board Members of the GCF.

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Central African Countries Prepare for COP 19 [viewed]

COMIFAC19 September 2013: The Executive Secretariat of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) hosted a sub-regional workshop to strengthen the capacities of the Climate Working Group and prepare for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place from 11-22 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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