Africa

Nominees for Future Policy Award Announced [viewed]

21 March 2011: Nineteen forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this year's Future Policy Award, which is granted by The World Future Council in collaboration with the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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UNFCCC Publishes Non-Annex I NAMAs [viewed]

18 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1) of information on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to be implemented by Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.

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Event: Second Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Second Clean Energy Ministerial is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Ministers of the MEF will discuss initiatives that were developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010 in Washington, DC, US. These initiatives sought to eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants, begin smart grid deployment, deploy 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and bring solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015. Governments participating in Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Projects in Solomon Islands, Eritrea and Ecuador [viewed]

18 March 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved funding for projects in Eritrea, Ecuador and the Solomon Islands totaling US$19.5 million. The decisions were taken during the Board's 13th meeting, in Bonn, Germany, on 17-18 March 2011. The Board also approved a project concept from Uruguay that uses the Adaptation Fund's direct access modality for countries to access financing directly.

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IPC-IG Discusses Climate-Compatible Development at AfricaAdapt Meeting [viewed]

March 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) presented at the AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium 2011, held from 9-11 March 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the topic “Reconciling participation and benefit-sharing: implications for how Africa adapts to climate change.” 

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UNFCCC Secretariat Produces CDM Radio Stories for Africa [viewed]

17 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has produced five ‘broadcast-ready' radio stories about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for dissemination to radio stations in Africa. The purpose of these stories is to make the CDM understandable and accessible to a broad audience, including community stakeholders, potential project participants and policy makers.

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UNDP and UNITAR to Strengthen African Participation in Multilateral Negotiations [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have launched a joint initiative to train over 1,100 African negotiators and decision makers on four priority areas related to economic and social development of Africa: financing for development; regional investment and integration; climate change; and peace and security.

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ACP MEAs Project Launches New Website [viewed]

13 March 2011: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) Project has launched a dedicated project website that features links to regional hubs, updates on project activities, information on upcoming events and related publications.

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UNITAR Organizes South African Workshop in Preparation for COP 17 [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation, held a training workshop on climate change diplomacy for officials from various government ministries.

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ECREEE Seeks Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partners [viewed]

February 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is executing a stock-taking exercise to identify qualified partners to support the creation of renewables and energy efficiency markets in West Africa.

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