Africa

FAO Launches Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

FAO soil partnership9 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is calling for a renewed international effort to promote and assure healthy and fertile soils as a component of the new Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

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Human Rights Council Opens with Focus on Horn of Africa Drought [viewed]

Human Rights Council12 September 2011: The Human Rights Council (HRC) opened its 18th regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, with numerous speakers calling attention to the humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa due to the food emergency and fears of a new global recession.

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Informal Meeting Focuses on Deliverables for Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC COP 179 September 2011: Twenty-one environmental ministers, as well as negotiators and delegates from 43 parties to the UNFCCC, recently attended an informal ministerial consultation on the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Releases Consensus Report [viewed]

6 September 2011: The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has released a consensus report for the season of September to December 2011, which predicts a possible return to normal or above normal rain conditions in southern Somalia, but a risk of below normal rains for other areas, including northern Somalia.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits South African Institute as a National Implementing Entity [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has accredited the South African National Institute for Biodiversity (SANBI) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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GEF Reports on Outcomes of Protected Area Projects in Liberia [viewed]

7 September 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on the results of three projects implemented in Liberia to strengthen its protected area system and protect rare species, including the pygmy hippopotamus.

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Secretary-General Calls for Cooperation with NGOs on Sustainability, Climate, Energy [viewed]

29 August 2011: In a statement to the China-Africa People's Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for close cooperation with NGOs on climate change, energy security, sustainability, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNEP Convenes High Level Meeting on Geothermal Opportunities in African Rift Region [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) facilitated a meeting with member countries of the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) to raise awareness of the opportunities associated with geothermal issues. Participants discussed ways in which ARGeo member countries can benefit ARGeo's support services, to accelerate the development of their geothermal resources.

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UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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