Africa

ILO Releases Report on Employment in LDCs [viewed]

April 2011: In preparation for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9-13 May 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report titled "Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries."

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Event: An Investment Forum: Mobilizing Private Investment in Trees and Landscape Restoration in Africa [viewed]

This event is co-organized by PROFOR, the World Bank, IUCN, Ecoagriculture Partners, Terrafrica and the World Agrofrestry Centre to generate greater interest in agroforestry and other landscape approaches, particularly from the private sector. It aims to illustrate that investing in degraded landscapes holds the promise of a 'triple win' by improving rural livelihoods, increasing resilience in the face of climate extremes, and mitigating climate change.  

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World Economic Forum for Africa Calls for United African Stance on Climate Change [viewed]

6 May 2011: African Leaders from South Africa, Gabon and Kenya, who gathered at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, have pledged to take a united stance at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, in December 2011, with a view to achieving a legally binding agreement on climate change that will succeed the Kyoto Protocol. The first commitment period under the Protocol ends in 2012.

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IFAD Presents Rural Poverty Report 2011 in South Africa [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Rural Poverty Report 2011, the flagship report of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that is subtitled "New realities, new challenges: new opportunities for tomorrow's generation," was presented for the first time in Africa at a high-level event in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3 May 2011, prior to the World Economic Forum's Africa meeting.

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African Development Ministerial Discusses Climate Change, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, which convened in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, addressed economic development, climate change and low-carbon growth, and sustainable development in Africa.

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BRICS Leaders Adopt Sanya Declaration [viewed]

14 April 2011: The Third BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) Leaders' meeting was held in Sanya, China, on 14 April 2011, under the theme "Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity.” Participants discussed growth and development, and energy and climate change, among other issues.

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UNDP/GEF Publish Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Transboundary Waters [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a global review of legal and institutional frameworks for 28 transboundary surface water, groundwater and marine water systems covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The report also considers climate change adaptation knowledge in the various water basins analyzed.

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Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (African Workshop) [viewed]

African government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will attend this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The workshop will convene in Douala, Cameroon, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop offers a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: Regional Designated National Authority (DNA) Training [viewed]

A training event will be held for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authorities (DNAs).  

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Event: Regional Designated National Authority (DNA) Forum for Africa [viewed]

A Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authority (DNA) Forum will be held for the African region. The DNA Forum is to provide opportunities for DNAs to exchange views, share their experiences relating to the CDM and bring forward common views and issues to the attention of the CDM Executive Board.  

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