Africa

GEF Publishes Paper on Climate Resilient Development in Africa [viewed]

GEFNovember 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a publication on climate resilient development in Africa focused on three initiatives - the Sahel program, the Lake Chad Basin program, and the Congo Basin program - and which addresses environmental challenges surrounding Africa's three vital resources, namely land, water, and forests.

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World Bank Finances New Solar Power Plant in Morocco [viewed]

World Bank Finances New Solar Power Plant in Morocco 17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved US$297 million in loans to Morocco to help finance the Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant Project, a 500 megawatt (MW) solar complex that will be among the largest in the world.

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Paper on Adaptation Activities in LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2011/7) on identification and implementation of medium-and long-term adaptation activities in least developed countries (LDCs). The paper provides technical advice and guidance on: issues to be taken into consideration when identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs, and integrating them into development planning; and options for implementing identified adaptation activities.

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Benin Hosts CC:Learn Workshop on Climate Change Learning and Skills Development [viewed]

Benin Hosts CC:Learn Workshop on Climate Change Learning and Skills Development14 November 2011: The UN CC:Learn pilot project titled “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change” commenced with a National Planning Workshop in Benin.

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UNDP, UNEP Share Lessons Learned on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Lessons for Adaptation in Sub-Saharan AfricaNovember 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a publication on the lessons learned through the Climate Change Adaptation and Development Programme (CC DARE), which provides a variety of concrete solutions to move countries and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa towards low-carbon and climate-resilient development. 

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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Event: Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will convene in Crystal City, Virginia, US (just outside Washington, DC), from 17-18 November 2011. US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair. The meeting will take place at the level of leaders' representatives. Members of the Major Economies Forum include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the United States. In addition, representatives will attend from Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United Nations. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange views in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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UNFCCC Pays Tribute to SBSTA Chair Mama Konaté [viewed]

14 November 2011: Expressing profound sadness, the UNFCCC Secretariat has informed parties and observers of the sudden death of Mama Konate (Mali), Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), in Bonn, Germany. 

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Report of the 15th Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 November 2011: The Adaptation Fund has released the report of the 15th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), which was held from 15-16 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany. At the meeting, the AFB discussed issues related to accreditation of Regional Implementing Entities (RIE) and National Implementing Entities (NIE), as well as the application of a cap on funding for projects proposed by Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIE). 

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UN-HABITAT Supports Youth Caravan to Durban [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is supporting a caravan with 200 youth from Norway and Kenya, which started off from Nairobi, Kenya, and will end in Durban, South Africa, at the start of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The caravan aims to bring awareness about climate change issues to communities through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.

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