Africa

G20 Leaders Adopt Declaration, Action Plan [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA9 September 2013: The Group of 20 (G20) held its annual Leaders' Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, to work towards strengthening economic growth and creating jobs. The resulting G20 Leaders' Declaration addresses: enhancing trade, financial regulation and consumer protection; promoting development for all, including through attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; sustainable energy policy; and combating climate change.

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World Water Week 2013 Calls for Dedicated SDG on Water [viewed]

world-water-week6 September 2013: World Water Week concluded with the presentation by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) of the Stockholm Statement, which calls for a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water. The statement will be presented as input to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) when it convenes in September 2013.

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Event: Sixth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 6) [viewed]

The sixth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 9-13 December 2013, in New York, US. OWG 6 is expected to discuss: Means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building), Global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries (2 days); and Human rights, the right to development, global governance (1 day).  

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Highlights Geospatial Technology for DRR [viewed]

ICPAC23 August 2013: The 35th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 35), ‘Building Resilience to Climate-Related Risks' highlighted the role of climate outlook forums in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness, and underscored the importance of early warning systems in promoting regional development and security. The Forum also illustrated the increasing use of geospatial technology in DRR.

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UNSG Reports on UN's 2013 Work, Highlights Future Challenges [viewed]

United Nations3 September 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his annual report on the work of the United Nations. It highlights new global realities to which the UN must adapt, such as environmental degradation, increasing inequality within and among States, growing interconnectedness and rising unemployment. The report describes the UN's efforts to address these challenges through, inter alia, facilitating consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, addressing climate change, promoting human rights, tackling democratic transitions and maintaining peace and security.

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G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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CIFOR Newsletter Focuses on the Landscape Approach [viewed]

CIFORAugust 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the August edition of its online newsletter highlighting the launch of the online portal on the landscape approach, as well as the convening of the Global Landscapes Forum.

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UNU-EHS Report Analyzes Climate-Water-Security Nexus [viewed]

UNU-EHS2 September 2013: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) released a report, titled ‘Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel,' which examines whether climate change undermines human security by intensifying water hazards, such as droughts, floods and water scarcity. The report also assesses vulnerability in relation to climate change-related hazards.

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DRC REDD+ Knowledge Sharing Benefits COMIFAC Countries [viewed]

COMIFACSeptember 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) released a report on progress in the implementation of the project ‘Sharing of experience among COMIFAC Countries on REDD+: Pilot Projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'.

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