Africa

Tributes Extended for Wangari Maathai, Founder of Green Belt Movement [viewed]

26 September 2011: Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, passed away on 25 September 2011. Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in environmental sustainability and empowerment of women, the first time a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an environmentalist.

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Winners of CDM African Radio Contest Announced [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the finalists for the first UNFCCC/Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest. The contest was for African radio journalists to create a radio story that answers the question: “How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?” and aimed to help raise awareness about climate change issues and the CDM.

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EEAS Publishes Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European External Action Service (EEAS) published on a Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, including climate change adaptation.

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ACP MEAs Project Newsletter Features Caribbean Policy Responses in Small Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

20 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM Secretariat, on policy responses for sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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AMCEN Special Session Endorses African Common Climate Position [viewed]

19 September 2011: African Ministers for the Environment met for the Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which endorsed the African Common Position as the basis for negotiations at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Highlights PES and REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO21 September 2011: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that works on forest issues in the Mediterranean region, has released the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, which reports on recent forest-related activities within the Mediterranean region, including a regional conference on payments of ecosystem services (PES) and a project on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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African Energy Ministers Conference Adopts Johannesburg Declaration [viewed]

African Union (AU)16 September 2011: African Energy Ministers convened for a two-day conference titled “Road to Durban: Promoting Sustainable Energy Access in Africa,” to develop and agree on priorities for sustainably developing Africa's energy sector. Concluding with the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration, the Ministers lamented that climate change threatens to reverse the developmental gains that have been achieved in recent years.

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WFP-Led Public-Private Partnership Expands Rural Resilience Initiative to Senegal [viewed]

19 September 2011: The World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America have committed to expanding their R4 Rural Resilience initiative, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swiss RE, from Ethiopia to Senegal over the next five years.

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UNDP, UNEP Showcase Small-Scale Adaptation Actions to Address the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

15 September 2011: A new paper published in the journal Sustainability, authored by Richard Munang and Johnson N. Nkem and titled "Using Small-Scale Adaptation Actions to Address the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Going Beyond Food Aid and Cash Transfers," showcases lessons learned from the Climate Change Adaptation and Development Programme (CC DARE), which was jointly implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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