Africa

Event: AfDB 2011 Annual Meetings [viewed]

These meetings, organized around the theme “Towards an Agenda for Inclusive Growth in Africa,” will review the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2010 operations and its 2012 development funding portfolio, as well as challenges facing the African region in key areas such as climate change, infrastructure, private sector and governance. The meetings will also include: a high-level seminar on "Financing Energy and Green Growth;" a meeting on capacity building in science, technology and innovation; a meeting on the Inga power project (two hydroelectric dams); and the launch of African Economic Outlook 2011, which focuses on Africa's growing integration in the world economy and its diversifying partnerships revealing unprecedented economic opportunities.  

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GEF Approves UN-HABITAT/UNEP East Africa Energy Efficient Project [viewed]

18 May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a joint UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project that aims to promote energy efficiency measures in the building sector in East Africa in order to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant to 'Green' Morocco [viewed]

17 May 2011: The World Bank approved a US$4.35 million grant from the Special Climate Change Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support farmers and institutions in mainstreaming climate change adaptation measures within projects implemented by the Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert).

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GEF Publishes Roadmap for Accessing LDC Climate Fund [viewed]

May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a roadmap to clarify the steps necessary for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation through the LDC Fund (LDCF).

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UNIDO Study Outlines Opportunities and Challenges for African Agribusiness and Agro-industries [viewed]

13 May 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published a study, titled “Agribusiness for Africa's Prosperity,” which focuses on the opportunities and challenges for African agribusiness and agro-industries.

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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CIFOR Releases Publications on REDD+ [viewed]

May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a number of publications relevant to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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African Institutions Establish Joint Support Office on Climate Change and Infrastructure [viewed]

12 May 2011: The African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA) have launched a Joint Secretariat Support Office (JSSO) to support common African policy positions vis-à-vis the donor community and global fora, such as the G20 with regard to infrastructure development and climate change.

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