Africa

UN and South African Government Support Access to Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UNDP9 December 2011: UN agencies and the Government of South Africa have launched a pilot project that aims to provide access to clean energy to communities outside of Durban. The project is expected to deliver clean cooking, lighting systems and solar-heated water for clinics and schools in Ilembe District.

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WMO, Norway Sign Agreement on Climate Services in Africa [viewed]

WMO9 December 2011: The Government of Norway has signed a grant agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to strengthen climate services in Africa. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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CCAFS Program Encourages Farmers to Share Information on Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has noted that it is helping farmers share information about how climate change may impact production by identifying climate analogues.

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UNFCCC to Reduce COP 17's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

8 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has entered into collaboration with the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to use a clean development mechanism (CDM) project to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the travel of the UNFCCC Secretariat staff and supported delegates to the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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UNDP, GEF Support Reduction of South African Public Transport's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through a grant of US$11 million provided by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), is supporting South Africa to reduce its carbon footprint by improving public transport services and non-motorized transport infrastructure in seven cities.

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UNEP/GEF Global Partnership Sets 2016 Target to Phase-Out Incandescent Lamps [viewed]

UNEP7 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the en.Lighten initiative, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has set a target of 2016 for the global phase-out of incandescent lamps.

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UNEP Climate Action Issue Focuses on Africa and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the fifth edition of the Climate Action publication, intended to educate businesses, governments and NGOs on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This issue focuses on Africa and sustainable cities.

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Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Signed [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN-REDD programme has announced the signing of a Declaration on Intent by seven central African countries, seven donor countries and the European Commission to scale up implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). 

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