Africa

Adaptation Fund's First Direct Access Project Launches in Senegal [viewed]

25 January 2011: The Adaptation Fund's first project to use its direct access financing mechanism, which allows countries to access the fund without the use of multilateral development institutions as intermediaries, launched in Senegal on 21 January 2011.

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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CIAT, CCAFS and ICRAF Release Film on Climate Change Adaptation Experiences in Kenya [viewed]

17 January 2011: The third film in the "Two Degrees Up" series, which identifies climate change challenges facing agricultural producers, focuses on challenges in Kenya.

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UNIDO Director-General Discusses Energy Projects [viewed]

14 January 2011: Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), visited the Singimi Falls in Palima, Sierra Leone, to inspect the proposed site of a 10MW hydropower dam that will serve locals, a university and private companies.

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Event: UN-REDD Programme Regional FPIC Workshop [viewed]

This consultation on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for REDD+ is organized by the UN-REDD Programme.  

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UN-HABITAT and UNEP Launch Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative in East Africa [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a regional model initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions in East African cities.

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IRRI Publication Documents Climate Change Impacts on Rice [viewed]

January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released its January to March edition of Rice Today, which features articles documenting the relationship between climate change impacts and rice production.

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ECOWAS' ECREEE Releases Second Newsletter [viewed]

1 January 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has published its second quarterly newsletter, providing updates on projects and describing the outcomes of workshops, business forums and conferences.

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Sustainable Land Management and Soil Carbon [viewed]

December 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper describing the impacts of sustainable land management on soil carbon and the impacts of soil carbon on crop productivity.

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