Africa

Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Signed [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN-REDD programme has announced the signing of a Declaration on Intent by seven central African countries, seven donor countries and the European Commission to scale up implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). 

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High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture Emphasizes Early Action Initiatives [viewed]

7 December 2011: The High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture, held on the margins of the Durban Climate Change Conference, heard a call to action from many of the dignitaries present who highlighted the need to support agriculture that addresses not only food security challenges but also climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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CDM Bazaar Update Announces New 2012 Website [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) have published the latest Update of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Bazaar, containing the latest CDM Bazaar news and a summary of the latest developments regarding the CDM and the CDM Programme of Activity (PoA) rules.

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GEF Supports Connect4Climate Competition Awards to African Youth [viewed]

5 December 2011: The Connect4Climate (C4C) campaign competition, targeted at African youth aged 13 to 35, focused on videos and photos capturing stories of "climate change affecting Africa, your country, your community and you, your friends and your family."

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Adaptation Roundtable Highlights Need to Translate Science into Practical Action [viewed]

7 December 2011: Speaking at the "High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable: Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate," Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), stressed the need to “translate the best science on climate change into practical action."

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IRENA, IISD Hold Media Workshop on Barriers to Renewables [viewed]

6 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have organized a workshop for journalists on "Barriers to Renewables – What Are They and How Can They be Overcome."

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UNEP Releases Report on Women at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID Arendal has released a report titled “Women at the Frontline of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes.” Released on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

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IRENA, IISD Hold Media Workshop on Energy Access [viewed]

5 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) organized a workshop for journalists regarding "Access to Energy – What Role for Renewable Energy?" Participants at the event, which took place on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, considered the role renewables could play in providing access to energy.

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UN/ISDR Releases Brief on Building Resilience in Africa [viewed]

December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a policy brief titled “Effective measures to build resilience in Africa to adapt to climate change.” The brief, issued during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, builds on information provided by countries in progress reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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Forest Day 5 Highlights African Forests [viewed]

4 December 2011: Forest Day 5 convened in Durban, South Africa, under the theme “From Policy to Practice,” with a special focus on the role of African forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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