Africa

World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

31 January 2011: The World Bank will establish the world's first Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Danish Embassy (DANIDA) and the Bank's Information for Development Program (infoDev).

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Business Call to Action Partner to Boost Clean Energy in Ghana [viewed]

24 February 2010: As part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), Abellon CleanEnergy Ltd, an Indian based-company, has pledged to generate 25,000 jobs over the next five years, and to produce clean and affordable energy that could benefit 100,000 households in Ghana.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Partnerships [viewed]

February 2011: The January 2011 issue of the newsletter of Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at a newly formed partnership, the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests, and reviews the outcomes of a workshop on forest policy and climate change in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.

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EC and UNEP Outline Priorities for Climate Cooperation [viewed]

23 February 2011:  The European Commission and the UN Environment programme (UNEP) have issued a joint statement signaling the renewal of their political will to consolidate, develop and increase their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common goals and objectives in the field of environment.

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UNEP's Clean Fuels Partnership Leads to Low-Sulphur Transition in Kenya [viewed]

18 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that as a result of the work of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), the Government of Kenya has launched a transition to low-sulphur diesel. 

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UN Stresses Need for Humanitarian Actions to Improve Preparedness and Resilience [viewed]

17 February 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery to be "integrated into humanitarian action to improve preparedness and enhance resilience" of populations. Amos was speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 17 February 2011.

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FAO Releases Report on Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

17 February 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has released a new report titled "Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES) Work for People and Climate: An Overview."

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Event: Summit of the Tropical Forest Basins of the World [viewed]

The objective of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins is to achieve a plan for sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation by: establishing baseline data on the forest resources of the three Basins; establishing a formal platform for mutual consultation and exchange on forest and environmental issues by signing a framework agreement between the Basins; and developing a shared position 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) and the climate change agreement before the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More than 35 nations are expected to participate. The meeting is also part of celebrations of the International Year of Forests (2011), and its discussions and outcomes will feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: Regional Designated National Authority Forum [viewed]

This Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authority (DNA) Forum will be held for the African region.  

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UNIDO and Statoil to Collaborate on Sustainable Energy Access [viewed]

11 February 2011:  The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has entered into an agreement with Statoil, an international energy company in oil and gas production, to collaborate in the promotion of access to sustainable energy in developing countries.

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