Africa

Secretary-General Calls for Cooperation with NGOs on Sustainability, Climate, Energy [viewed]

29 August 2011: In a statement to the China-Africa People's Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for close cooperation with NGOs on climate change, energy security, sustainability, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNEP Convenes High Level Meeting on Geothermal Opportunities in African Rift Region [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) facilitated a meeting with member countries of the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) to raise awareness of the opportunities associated with geothermal issues. Participants discussed ways in which ARGeo member countries can benefit ARGeo's support services, to accelerate the development of their geothermal resources.

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UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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Event: Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change [viewed]

At the Eighth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, Ministers welcomed the offer of China to host the Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on 31 October-1 November. A meeting of experts will be held alongside this Ministerial meeting.  

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Holds Special Session on DRR [viewed]

3 September 2011: Flavia Munaaba, Ugandan Minister of State for the Environment, opened the Special Joint Session on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) during the 29th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF29). The Special Session was convened to effect a paradigm shift for addressing climate change and risks within the region, with participants highlighting progress in reducing drought risk so far.

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ECOWAS Urges Members to Intensify Implementation of NAMAs [viewed]

2 September 2011: A training workshop held from 31 August- 2 September 2011 was organized under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to develop and implement measures for Member States to access available funds for and assess the status of international negotiations on climate change. Capacity building measures for implementing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as well as for negotiators from the region were also assessed.

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Event: Africa Regional Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

The Africa Regional Meeting Preparatory to the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place in Algiers, Algeria.  

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Event: African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

This conference aims to bring together the African Ministers for Agriculture under the theme "Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action," to share perspectives, explore challenges and take advantage of new opportunities for climate-smart agriculture in Africa.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights National Activities and Progress [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter30 August 2011: The UN-REDD's August Newsletter reviews several national-level and global-level activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The Newsletter states that Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands have begun the implementation phase of their National REDD Programmes, while Nigeria has begun its REDD+ readiness phase with activities including setting safeguards and inventorying national greenhouse gas emissions.

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Event: Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in SIDS [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing this international expert meeting, with participants primarily from small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, representatives of multilateral agencies and civil society. The conference will focus on the challenges climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development. The meeting will develop a road map and recommendations to serve as a contribution to UNFCCC COP 17, the UNCSD and the End-of-Decade Conference of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.  

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