Africa

Event: Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

This meeting will be organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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IFAD President to Discuss the Horn of Africa Crisis in Visit to Nordic Countries [viewed]

23 August 2011: Kanayo F. Nwanza, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is to meet with senior officials during his upcoming visit to Norway and Finland, to discuss possible solutions for the Horn of Africa crisis in the immediate-term as well as longer-term interventions to build resilience  of the local farmers.

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Event: Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) [viewed]

Convened under the theme “Seasonable Climate Prediction: A Strategic Tool in Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,” the 15th Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) is being organized by the Southern Africa Development Community in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) to develop a consensus climate outlook for the period from October 2011 until March 2012. SARCOF-15 is also expected to address potential climate impacts on sectors including disaster risk management, food security, and health and water resources. The last rainy season in the region will also be assessed.  

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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GEF Reports on Eastern Arc Mountain Forests Project [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented the results of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to conserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania, which, over seven years (2003-2010), increased protected area coverage by over 500,000 hectares and supported the creation of protected forest corridors in sensitive areas, including in the Derema area and Bunduki Gap in the Ulugurus.

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CCCCC Update Focuses on Preparations for Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

CCCCC10 August 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the July/August issue of its Climate news update, highlighting concerns ahead of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the cap of Chinese energy consumption and other regional news.

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Secretary-General Issues Annual Report on UN's Work [viewed]

August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated the Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. This year's report (A/66/1) points to significant changes in the world since 2007, including the impacts of food, fuel and economic shocks, democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, and the rising incidence of mega-disasters, and outlines the UN's responses to these and other developments.

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Event: FANRPAN Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue [viewed]

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) will meet from 19-23 September 2011, and will focus on advocating for the active engagement of youth in the agriculture value chain. The meeting will be undertaken with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and other international donors.  

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Mayor's Summit on DRR Adopts Chengdu Declaration of Action [viewed]

16 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 38 parliamentarians from 33 countries have adopted the Chengdu Declaration of Action, a five-point strategy addressing natural resource and environmental management, climate change and disaster risks.

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African Group of Negotiators Prepares Position for COP17/CMP7 [viewed]

11 August 2011: The African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN) recently met to prepare for the resumed session of the UNFCCC's negotiations, which will convene in Panama in October. The AGN Bureau met first, to discuss strategic issues related to Africa's engagement in preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP17/CMP7). The full AGN then discussed several negotiation issues.

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