Africa

Guest Article #72: Placing Small Scale Adaptation Solutions within the Climate Change Discourse in Africa [viewed]

The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt in the African continent. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into policy, in order to ensure that development proceeds along pathways that are resilient to climate change.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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UNEP en.Lighten Partnership Newsletter Highlights Energy Efficiency Programme in Nigeria [viewed]

25 January 2012: The latest issue of the e-newsletter for the en.lighten Partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) includes a message from UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, inviting all countries and organizations that are addressing the climate change challenge by improving energy efficiency and access to join the en.lighten Partnership.

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for International Food Assistance to the Sahel [viewed]

24 January 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has warned that drought, poor harvests and rising food prices pose an imminent threat to the countries of the Sahel region, and he called for an immediate international response.

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IFAD Supports Malawi's Efforts to Improve Food Security [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan worth US$22.85 million and a grant for US$22.85 to Malawi to address food security and poverty in six rural districts.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Addresses African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

20 January 2012: In an address to the 18th session of African Forestry and Wildlife Commission and the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week, Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said "Sustainable forest management and sustainable land management are the two sides of the same coin. These two requirements must be jointly implemented within policies, strategies and action programmes if we want them to be successful." 

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Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released [viewed]

UNCCD19 January 2012: The report from the Multi-National Final Workshop of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) pilot impact indicator tracking, which convened on 6-7 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, has been released.

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World Bank Organizes Climate Change Workshop in Tanzania [viewed]

World Bank17 January 2012: The World Bank has reported on an international Learning Week on Global Best Practices in Comprehensive Climate Change Planning, which was held as part of Tanzania's preparation of a national climate change strategy, and brought together over 30 Tanzanian decision makers, researchers, and civil society advocates in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Publications on Gender, Green Economy and Asia-Pacific [viewed]

18 January 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released its first newsletter of 2012, highlighting the Democratic Republic of Congo's new national forest monitoring system, which was launched at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17), as well as updates on Mongolia's REDD+ roadmap and details on three new publications recently released by the Programme.

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