Africa

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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UNGA Debate on Right to Water Highlights Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a debate on the human right to water and sanitation, during which a number of speakers highlighted that climate change constitutes an obstacle to the enjoyment of this right, stressing the particular situations of small island low-lying States.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Participation at the Oslo REDD+ Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the July 2011 issue of its newsletter, which highlights the UN-REDD Programme's participation in the Oslo REDD+ exchange, which took place from 23-24 June 2011, in Norway, focusing on matters related to REDD+ safeguards and policies addressing the underlying drivers of deforestation.  

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Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Horn of Africa Discusses Response to Crisis [viewed]

25 July 2011: An emergency Ministerial-Level meeting on the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded that efforts to build long-term resilience and safeguard the foundations of food security will require a focus on the humanitarian issues affecting the region, including conflict, preservation of humanitarian space, nutrition, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and education services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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IFAD Highlights South-South Cooperation for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

20 July 2011: Ahead of a South-South cooperation meeting, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for a more open and constructive policy dialogue to assist in overcoming challenges such as climate change and volatile food prices.

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