Africa

UN CC:Learn Selects Pilot Countries for Climate Change Learning [viewed]

3 August 2011: The UN CC:Learn Steering Group has announced the selection of Benin, Uganda and the Dominican Republic to participate in the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn's “Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development,” aimed at supporting countries to develop a strategic approach to climate change learning.

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South African Ministers Outline Priorities for Durban [viewed]

2 August 2011: In a press briefing, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and incoming President of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, together with South African Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, described South Africa's preparations to ensure it hosts an international event that meets UN requirements as well as their priorities for the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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Second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Calls for Proposals [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Private Financing Advisory Network of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) has opened a call for proposals from the Africa region for the second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-2) Business Plan Competition.

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World Bank Institute Calls on Young African Activists to Participate in Youth Parliament [viewed]

World Bank1 August 2011: The World Bank Institute has called for applications by youth leaders, between 18-30 years old, from Commonwealth countries in Africa and working on environment or climate change issues, to join a special session on climate change of the Youth Parliament.

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IFPRI Releases Series of Briefs on Food Security and Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

July 2011: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a series of briefs on food security and climate change in Africa. The briefs use a selection of climate scenarios to model hydrological and temperature impacts on productivity and income, as well as adaptation scenarios.

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Event: Training Workshop on Payments for Ecosystem Services and REDD+ [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Forest Trends and the International Katoomba Group, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is to provide African policy makers, private sector representatives as well as those from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with an increased understanding of the opportunities available from payments for ecosystem services (PES). The workshop will also highlight the of potential PES to create incentives for moving towards a practice of natural resource management that takes the true values of carbon, water and biodiversity environmental services into account.  

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Event: Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) [viewed]

The Fourth Special Session of AMCEN will provide a platform for African countries to further consolidate and enhance Africa's common negotiating position on climate change ahead of the Durban Climate Change Conference and look towards UNCSD. The Session will address issues related to the Climate Green Fund, green economy, and Africa's preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012, with a special emphasis on international environmental governance (IEG).  

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UN/ISDR Reports on Parliamentarian DRR Initiatives [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released information indicating that Parliamentarians in Asia, Latin America and Africa are increasingly focused on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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FAO Develops Webportal on Horn of Africa Drought Emergency [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has opened a webportal on the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

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IEA, South Africa to Cooperate on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)28 July 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Government of South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sustainable energy options, including on renewables, data collection and analysis, training and capacity building, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and energy technology.

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