Africa

UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa [viewed]

unhabitat-unisdr15 June 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

read more »

UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

read more »

Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Advances Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters [viewed]

IGAD logo11 June 2013: The 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) was organized by the Intergovernmental Governmental Authority on Development's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and other partners to formulate a regional climate outlook over the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), which is prone to extreme climate events, such as droughts and floods, that severely impact on key socioeconomic sectors.

read more »

ICRAF Opens Tree Ring Laboratory for Climate Change Research [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 June 2013: Seeking to build on the science of dendrochronology (dating the growth of tree rings) to better understand past and future climate change in the tropics, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has established a tree ring laboratory at its facilities in Nairobi, Kenya.

read more »

NAP Process Launched in LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC9 June 2013: The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and in collaboration with relevant organizations, organized the NAP Expo to catalyze the launch of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process at the national level in least developed countries (LDCs). The event promoted a common understanding of the NAP process by going through the NAP technical guidelines.

read more »

FCPF Explores REDD+ Governance in DRC [viewed]

June 2013: The Forest Carbon (FCPF) has released a journal article, titled 'Implementing REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of Congo: An Analysis of the Emerging National REDD+ Governance Structure,' which highlights the unique governance structure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one that consists of both a national REDD+ fund as well as individual REDD+ projects.

read more »

UN-HABITAT Showcases City Resilience Profiling Programme [viewed]

Unhabitat27 May 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) highlighted its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) during a side event titled 'Building Safer and Resilient Cities and Settlements,' held at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Geneva, Switzerland. CRPP aims to develop a comprehensive, integrated urban management and planning approach to monitor city risk resilience, including to climate change and multi-hazard catastrophic events.

read more »

World Bank Highlights Little Green Data Book's Relevance to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2013: The World Bank has released the 2013 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' the Bank's annual compilation of environment data. The Book assesses development and environment using over 50 indicators, including adjusted net savings (ANS), which aims to foster innovative ways of understanding sustainable development at the macroeconomic level, and to complement gross domestic product (GDP) measuring; both of which are key aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

read more »

UNEP Risø Centre Outlines Elements of a New Climate Agreement by 2015 [viewed]

UNEP RISO Centre3 June 2013: The UNEP Risø Centre, in collaboration with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), has released 'Perspectives 2013,' a publication that features articles on the "Elements of a New Climate Agreement by 2015." The publication considers key issues to address with a view to reach a climate change agreement by 2015 to come into effect by 2020, as agreed at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

read more »

Event: First Africa Food Security Conference [viewed]

This conference will be held around the theme 'Harnessing Ecosystem Based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa'. It is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other UN agencies, governments, research institution, NGOs, scholars, donors, and local governments. The event will consist of a combination of plenary and panel group discussions, which will provide a platform for participants to interact and learn about the latest ideas and practices in harnessing ecosystems services for food security and climate change adaptation.  

read more »