Africa

Event: First Climate Change and Development for Africa Conference [viewed]

Organized by the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) African Climate Policy Centre, the aim of this conference is to establish a forum for dialogue, enhance awareness raising, mobilize effective commitment and actions through bringing together policy makers, academicians and practicing stakeholders with the aim of effectively mainstreaming climate change concerns into development policies, strategies, programmes and practices in Africa. The conference will be divided into four main themes: climate science, data, information and service delivery; climate resilience development and adaptation; low carbon development in Africa; and economics and finance. Papers can be submitted in English or French until 30 July 2011, on technical, social, institutional, policy issues focusing on the conference themes to the e-mail listed below.  

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AfDB, Denmark Establish Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa [viewed]

15 July 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Denmark have entered into a technical cooperation agreement to establish a sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA). With a budget of US$57 million, the SEFA's objective is to provide technical capacity building and capital for investment to support sustainable energy provision for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa over a five-year period.

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Event: Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Drought Crisis in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the request of the French Government, this emergency Ministerial-level meeting will look to address possible measures to address the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, which is affecting food security and food prices in the region.  

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Four East African Local Governments Commit to UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

14 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that four East African cities, Arusha and Moshi (Tanzania), Kisumu (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi), have joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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ESCWA, UNECE Meeting Addresses Transport Emissions Reductions [viewed]

5 July 2011: A meeting of regional and international experts on “Promoting Emissions Reductions in the Transport Sector” was convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Africa (ESCWA) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Gas Centre from 5-6 July 2011, in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss the transport sector's impact on climate change.

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AU, Action Aid International to Cooperate on Agricultural Growth [viewed]

African Union (AU)13 July 2011: The African Union (AU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Action Aid International to formalize a partnership between the two organizations in support of the AU's goal of "Integration, Development and Cooperation." The MOU aims to contribute towards achieving sustainable agricultural growth to increase food security on the continent.

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ITU Symposium Highlights Role of ICTs in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 July 2011: The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Sixth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries, and concluded with a Call to Action for global leaders to recognize the role of ICTs in tackling climate change and to enhance their ability to do so.

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Six New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

12 July 2011:  Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Pakistan and Peru have recently joined the UN-REDD Programme as partner countries. The UN-REDD Programme now has 35 partner countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy Adopts Communiqué [viewed]

10 July 2011: The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy has concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa's Development.

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