Africa

DESA Launches Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report [viewed]

DESA24 September 2013: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the Executive Summary of the prototype Global Sustainable Development Report, 'Building the Common Future We Want,' at the inaugural session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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GWP Highlights Activities in Egypt, Peru and Pakistan [viewed]

GWP Global logotype19 September 2013: The September issues of News Flows, the newsletter of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), features articles on several GWP conferences and projects, including on: flood management in Pakistan; groundwater management in Peru; and climate resilience in the Nile Basin.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Documents on Reporting, Agriculture and Mitigation [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three documents on developed country mitigation, agriculture and developed country reporting. These documents will be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 39th session, taking place in November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.

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Leaders Underscore Climate, Oceans Issues in 68th Debate [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2013: Leaders speaking at the High-level Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 September 2013, in New York, US, again focused on 'setting the stage' for the post-2015 development agenda. Heads of State and ministers underscored lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposed principles and issues for inclusion, such as cross-cutting issues, climate change and oceans.

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CIFOR Highlights Global Landscape Forum Plans [viewed]

CIFOR29 September 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the September 2013 edition of its news update highlighting discussions on forest certification, forest fire haze, forests and green growth in Asia, tree planting in Ethiopia and REDD+ management in Indonesia.

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New AMCOMET Website Launched Ahead of African Climate Conferences [viewed]

amcomet1 October 2013: The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) launched a new website to increase the visibility of its work in fostering political will to strengthen national meteorological and hydrological services, enabling them to: improve the delivery of weather, climate and water services in Africa; and promote sustainable socioeconomic development.

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UNGA High-Level Debate Concludes with Focus on Lessons from the MDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: The 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate concluded its discussions on “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.” Speakers discussed lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasized connections between development and peace and security, and supported action on climate change.

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ICAO, EC to Collaborate on Abating Emissions from International Aviation [viewed]

icao-eu24 September 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Commission (EC) signed a Declaration of Intent to collaborate in support of measures to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation.

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Event: Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) [viewed]

The Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) will convene under the theme of: Africa on the rise: can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development? The Conference will address a number of sub-themes that aim to share experiences, disseminate research results and assess how Africa is coping with the impacts of climate change. These include: the value of climate services (science, data and information) in Africa's development; the way climate policies build effective resilience to the impacts of climate change in Africa; the unexplored options of climate finance; green economy; and the global climate change framework and Africa. The Conference, organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), convenes each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of key African development institutions, including the UN Economic Commission (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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UNESCO Presents Views on Water Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCOSeptember 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled 'Free Flow. Reaching Water Security through Cooperation,' which was published in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The report brings together a range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation.

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