Africa

EU/AU Commissions Discuss Climate, Biodiversity and UNCSD [viewed]

1 June 2011: The fifth College-to-College meeting of the European Commission and the African Union (AU) Commission was held on 31 May-1 June 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to develop shared policy agendas. During the meeting, participants discussed ways to enhance cooperation both on short-term challenges and on the long-term structural changes, such as green growth, climate change and biodiversity.

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World Bank, GEF Fund Adaptation in Sao Tome and Principe [viewed]

31 May 2011: The World Bank Board has approved a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of US$4.1 million to support São Tomé and Principe in increasing its adaptive capacity to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change.

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Second Africa-India Forum Highlights Importance of Second Commitment Period [viewed]

26 May 2011: The Second Africa-India Forum, which took place from 24-25 May 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Declaration, in which the African Union (AU) and India underscore the importance of agreeing on a second committment period under the Kyoto Protocol as an indispensable step to preserve the integrity of the international climate change regime, while stressing the importance of the Bali Action Plan and operationalizing the Cancun Agreements.

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UNFCCC Releases Addendum to SBSTA 34 Agenda [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional agenda of the upcoming 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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FAO/ITTO Report: Deforestation Rates in Rainforest Basins "Alarming" [viewed]

1 June 2011: A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) indicates that deforestation rates continue to be "alarming" in most of the 30 countries in the Amazon, Congo and Southeast Asian rainforest basins.

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CIFOR's Newsletter Highlights REDD+ Workshops [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the May issue of its News Update, which includes information on recent workshops on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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BASIC Ministers Discuss Preparations for Durban [viewed]

29 May 2011: The seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change took place in Zimbali, South Africa, from 28-29 May 2011, and was attended by ministers from South Africa, China, Brazil, India, China, and Argentina as chair of the G77, as well as the incoming Climate Change Conference President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Ministers discussed the work required to achieve a comprehensive and balanced outcome at the Durban Climate Change Conference in December 2011 to complete the mandate of the Bali Road Map.

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GEF Council Approves Programme that Includes Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, together with the tenth meeting of the Council of the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), has approved an integrated land-use programme to fund investments to address priorities set by 12 African countries in West Africa and the Sahel.

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UNICEF, EU Support Nomadic Communities' Response to Climate Change [viewed]

24 May 2011:  The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the EU are supporting sustainable programmes to address water scarcity exacerbated by climate change by empowering nomadic communities in Kenya and Ethiopia to take responsibility for their access to safe water and sanitation.

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Event: First Africa Drylands Week [viewed]

The First Africa Drylands Week will be held back-to-back with the global observance event on 17 June to mark World Day to Combat Desertification. Over 100 scientists and representatives of government and international and civil society organizations will convene in Dakar, Senegal, from 10-17 June 2011, to develop an integrated approach to address the Region's challenges of desertification and biodiversity loss, and the new climate change threat. This meeting, which is being co-organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is working towards a global vision and partnership on the Sustainable Land and Climate Risk Management for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative.  

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