Africa

UNIDO Geothermal Energy Seminar Examines Mexico's Experience, East Africa's Potential [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Seminar on Geothermal Energy for East African Region Representatives, which was held from 11-15 April 2011, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, was organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Mexican Energy (SENER) and Foreign Ministries, Mexico's Electricity Research Institute, and the Federal Electricity Commission.

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Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee Elects Three Co-Chairs [viewed]

29 April 2011: Speaking at the conclusion of the first meeting of the Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee in Mexico City, Mexico, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that a well-designed Green Climate Fund will help to ensure a low-carbon future that is sustainable and profitable.

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Event: Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting [viewed]

The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, to review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan issued at TICAD IV in 2008, and discuss the future of the TICAD process and progress towards achieveing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa. The conference is organized by the Government of Japan, the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), and is expected to gather Ministers and delegations of African countries along with representatives of other partner countries, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Invites Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

26 April 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has posted 13 project proposals on its website for comment from civil society. The proposals come from Argentina, Djibouti, Fiji, Guatemala, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania and Turkmenistan.

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CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The World Bank has invited climate change researchers from Arab countries to contribute to the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional Climate Change Flagship Report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries."

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African Countries Address Methyl Bromide Phase-Out Under the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme convened an African Regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 13-15 April 2011. The meeting aimed to assess the status of parties' progress towards meeting the January 2015 deadline of methyl-bromide phase-out.

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Loss and Damage Work Programme [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.1) on views and information on elements to be included in the work programme on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

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