Africa

Event: Fifth BASIC Group Meeting [viewed]

The fifth ministerial meeting on climate change of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) will be held in Tianjin, China, from 10-11 October 2010.  

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EIB and AfDB Fund First Large-Scale Wind Project in Africa [viewed]

7 October 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed to provide EUR 45 million to design, build and operate onshore wind farms on four islands in the Cape Verde archipelago.

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UNEP Completes GEO-5 Regional Consultations [viewed]

5 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has completed its scheduled regional consultations for GEO-5. The consultations were convened in Washington DC, US (September 2), Panama City, Panama (September 6-7), Ottawa, Canada (September 9), Bangkok, Thailand (September 16-17), Nairobi, Kenya (September 20-21), Geneva, Switzerland (September 23-24) and Bahrain (October 4-5).

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI Documents for Cancun [viewed]

30 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published several documents for consideration by the 33rd session of Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Cancun, Mexico, from 30 November-4 December 2010.

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Event: Regional Forum to Update the Strategic Action Programme on Lake Tanganyika [viewed]

The forum is organized by the Secretariat of the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), and attended by experts in environmental management and fisheries, government officials of the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia, as well as professionals from a range of local, regional and international research institutes and NGOs, including ICRAF, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the WWF. Participants will update the Strategic Action Programme in recognition of new threats, such as climate change and biological invasions, that have emerged since its adoption.  

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Director of the ACP Observatory on Migration Focuses on South-South Migration and MDGs [viewed]

28 September 2010: The Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Observatory on Migration, Laurent de Boeck, stated that improved management of South-South migration can contribute positively to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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South Africa-EU Summit Discusses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

28 September 2010: The third South Africa-EU Summit, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 27-28 September 2010, resulted in a Joint Communiqué that addresses, among other issues, the international climate change negotiations.

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African MDG Report for 2010 Launched [viewed]

September 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly produced the 2010 report on "Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs)."

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IITA Helps Preserve Yam Biodiversity [viewed]

16 September 2010: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has engaged in an effort with the Global Crop Diversity Trust to add 3,000 samples from yam species to international gene banks.

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AfDB Organizes Roundtable on Climate Change Financing for Africa [viewed]

22 September 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) organized a roundtable on African Perspectives on the issues before the UN High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, where participants highlighted that, for most African nations, the overwhelming challenge posed by climate change is how to adapt to its adverse impacts.

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