Africa

CIF Endorses Kenyan Plan to Develop Renewable Energy Resources [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have approved funding for Kenya's investment plan to scale up and develop its renewable energy resources, which will enhance their energy security, increase electricty access, reduce supply costs and bring socioeconomic benefits to local communities.

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AfDB, Eskom Sign Renewable Energy Loan Agreement [viewed]

25 September 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a US$365 million loan agreement with Eskom, an electricity company that operates in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to implement large-scale wind and solar generation projects.

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Host Country Agreement Signed for Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

3 October 2011: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, have signed the Host Country Agreement for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7), which will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Global Biofuel Information Tool [viewed]

26 September 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its September 2011 newsletter, noting the opening of registration for Forest Day at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011. The newsletter also features articles on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock), forest governance and climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Mongolia and Republic of Congo [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the September issue of its Newsletter, reporting on national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) activities in Mongolia and the Republic of Congo, as well as regional news from the Latin America and Caribbean, African and Asian regions.

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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World Bank Examines Barriers to CCS Deployment [viewed]

23 September 2011: The World Bank has published a report, titled "Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Developing Countries: A Perspective on Barriers to Deployment," which assesses some of the most important barriers facing CCS deployment and assesses the economic and environmental impacts of potential CCS deployment in the power sector in the Balkan and Southern African regions, using a techno-economic model.

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World Disasters Report 2011 Calls for Action on Hunger and Malnutrition [viewed]

22 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on the occasion of the launch of the World Disasters Report 2011, which addresses the problem of hunger and malnutrition, highlighting the impacts of climate change on agricultural production.

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World Bank, IMF Analyze Impact of Economic Crisis on Development [viewed]

24 September 2011: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) met in Washington DC, US, for the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and issued a Development Committee Communiqué noting that the turbulence in global financial markets, volatile commodity prices and pressures on food security pose critical challenges to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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SIDS Stress the Need for Climate Change Action at UNGA [viewed]

24 September 2011: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have stressed that sustainable development is not possible while climate change threatens to swamp SIDS, and they have called on the UN to assist SIDS in combating the effects of climate change.  

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