Africa

UNESCO IOC Reports on West African Coastal Adaptation Project [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the implementation of a project titled Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal zones of West Africa (ACCC), which involves Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde.

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World Bank Methodology for Soil Carbon Sequestration Approved [viewed]

30 January 2012: An agroforestry project financed by the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund in western Kenya presented a methodology for soil carbon sequestration through sustainable agricultural land management, which was approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

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UNHCR Helps Equip Refugee Camps with Fuel Efficient Stoves [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UN Human Rights Commission's (UNHCR) five-year campaign called ‘Light Years Ahead' is helping to provide lighting and fuel-efficient stoves in African refugee camps to support the livelihoods of the people and improve the safety of women and girls.

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Guest Article #72: Placing Small Scale Adaptation Solutions within the Climate Change Discourse in Africa [viewed]

The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt in the African continent. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into policy, in order to ensure that development proceeds along pathways that are resilient to climate change.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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UNEP en.Lighten Partnership Newsletter Highlights Energy Efficiency Programme in Nigeria [viewed]

25 January 2012: The latest issue of the e-newsletter for the en.lighten Partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) includes a message from UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, inviting all countries and organizations that are addressing the climate change challenge by improving energy efficiency and access to join the en.lighten Partnership.

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for International Food Assistance to the Sahel [viewed]

24 January 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has warned that drought, poor harvests and rising food prices pose an imminent threat to the countries of the Sahel region, and he called for an immediate international response.

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IFAD Supports Malawi's Efforts to Improve Food Security [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan worth US$22.85 million and a grant for US$22.85 to Malawi to address food security and poverty in six rural districts.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Addresses African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

20 January 2012: In an address to the 18th session of African Forestry and Wildlife Commission and the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week, Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said "Sustainable forest management and sustainable land management are the two sides of the same coin. These two requirements must be jointly implemented within policies, strategies and action programmes if we want them to be successful." 

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Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released [viewed]

UNCCD19 January 2012: The report from the Multi-National Final Workshop of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) pilot impact indicator tracking, which convened on 6-7 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, has been released.

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