Africa

UN/ISDR Stresses the Need for DRR to Reduce Impact of Droughts [viewed]

28 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stressed the need for disaster risk reduction (DRR) approaches to reduce the impacts of drought, highlighting that DRR policies such as water management and flood risk management are necessary to help anticipate and reduce the consequences of such events.

read more »

UNEP Launches Ozone Africa Media Award Prize [viewed]

27 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Office in Africa has announced the launch of the 2011 Ozone Africa Media Award. The award, which was established in 2010, aims to encourage the highest standards of excellence in environmental and scientific reporting, focusing on how ozone issues are addressed in Africa.

read more »

Adaptation Fund Board Accredits National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund27 June 2011: At its 14th meeting, held in Bonn, Germany on 22 June 2011, the Adaptation Fund Board approved US$17.4 million in grant funding and accredited the National Environment Fund of Benin as the fourth National Implementing Entity and the West African Development Bank as the first Regional Implementing Entity.

read more »

AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth [viewed]

27 June 2011: Speaking at the opening of the 19th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union Commission (AUC), leaders of the AU and other Africa regional organizations highlighted Africa's economic progress and called for a greater role and support for Africa's youth in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

read more »

Africa and Arab Regional Workshop Addresses Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Disasters [viewed]

24 June 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, has organized the first in a series of three regional workshops focusing on the linkages among climate change, environmental degradation and disasters, and how to mainstream them in country programming.

read more »

UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin Highlights Projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

UNDP23 June 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the sixth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels. The Bulletin reports on projects carried out in Liberia, Cape Verde, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Samoa and Cambodia.

read more »

UN-REDD Programme Newsletter Highlights New Partner Countries [viewed]

UN-REDD22 June 2011: The June 2011 issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter reports that six countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Pakistan and Peru) have joined the Programme as partner countries.

read more »

First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

read more »

Event: CBD Africa Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute and with financial support from Norway, the UK and the UN-REDD Programme. Its purpose is to consult effectively with parties on the development of advice on relevant safeguards for biodiversity, so that REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) actions are consistent with the CBD objectives, and avoid negative impacts on, and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

read more »

IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

read more »